Creative Media Education

Short Courses

Film Making

Date & Time

  • September 27
    8 Weeks, Sundays & Tuesdays, 6pm-9pm


  • SAE Film Short Course Certificate

Course Fee

  • AED 6000


What you need to know about this course

The emphasis of this course is on both the creative and practical side of digital film making. The course covers the basic knowledge required to produce a short video, including screenwriting, directing, producing, digital camera operation, lighting, sound, and digital computer editing on an industry leading application.

The course is very ‘hands-on’ and practical in its approach with students being exposed to the five stages of the video production process, as well as a range of industry standard applications. SAE Institute has invested in the latest professional technology to give its students the edge in this competitive market.

Who it's for

The 8-week course is intended for anybody who wants to get substantial skills in film making, such as basic and advanced camera handling, lighting and video editing. The programme is open to anyone 17 years and above with no prior experience nor personal equipment.

On completion of the course students will have the skills to construct a piece of work creatively, and assemble the content in a logical manner with a target audience in mind. Students will be able participate in a short film production. This course can be used as a ‘stepping stone’ for students who wish to progress to our Bachelor of Film Production programme.

Entry Requirements

There are no academic requirements to participate in this programme. The student needs to be a minimum of 16* years of age upon commencement of the course.

*For delegates who are are 14 or 15 years old and wish to join our short courses a special consideration process from management is required.

Software Packages

  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Apple DVD Studio Pro


  • basic video formats
  • working with various cameras
  • lenses and filters
  • location shots
  • understanding the video workflow
  • basic video editing and capturing techniques
  • basic and advanced lighting techniques
  • home video studio set-ups in relation to project requirements
  • understanding time codes, screen writing and audio

Course Coordinator

Yazan Al Ghazzawi
Senior Lecturer

As a senior lecturer, Yazan brings a diverse background in film and media to SAE Dubai. He has studied media technology for his bachelor’s and cinematic arts at the master’s level.

Throughout his career, he has excelled in various roles including teaching, managing art house theatre, film & TV production, and at times event management.

With a keen interest in regional arts, Yazan has developed a vibrant network of artists and content creators of the MENA region. He is an avid film buff and active social media enthusiast.