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Creative Media Education

Short Courses / Express Certificates

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SAE Institute in cooperation with Seyada for Creative Arts, offers diplomas, certificates, and short course vocational training in digital filmmaking, audio engineering, Digital animation, multimedia and game design.


Digital Photography Course

Digital Photography Course

This course includes both field trips and intensive hands-on classroom instruction. It introduces students to basic and advanced photography skills through an extensive set of photographic tools and techniques. Designed to expand a photographer’s creative horizons, students work both in-field and in the digital darkroom with Adobe® 
Photoshop®. Our instructors get students out of “automatic” mode and have them creating optimized exposures in no time. 


Seasoned professional photographers guide students both in the field and through hands-on instruction. Students engage and challenge their creativity while mastering core concepts of digital photography.


They learn key techniques for creating dynamic and visually interesting compositions. Related field trips and topics may include wildlife, landscapes, urban settings, macro, tilt-shift, portraiture, night photography and more.

Introduction to Visual Effects

Introduction to Visual Effects

Create seamless movie-quality effects. This introductory course into the world of Adobe After Effects covers the fundamentals - managing footage, viewing and editing layers, animating type, and core techniques for effects compositing including color matching, keying, rotoscoping, motion tracking, emulating the camera, and much more.


Course Duration: 32 Hours

TV Presenters Masterclass (Adults)

TV Presenters Masterclass (Adults)

Find your unique voice and presentation style with this practical on-camera presentation course covering- TV Presenting Tips &Techniques, Autocue/Teleprompter Training, Vocal Delivery, Approach To The Perfect Presentation, Interview/Screentest Technique, Studio & Location Presenting, Script Writing, Talk Back, Earpiece Training, Live & Interactive Presenter Tuition.

Take home your own showreel as a calling card.


Course Duration: 16 Hours

Introduction to Motion Graphics

Introduction to Motion Graphics

Learn how to create sophisticated projects using Motion.

Start with the fundamentals of motion graphics and quickly move into 
compositing, animation, motion graphics design, visual effects design, 
and the world of 3D.

 
Great for graphic designers, web designers, filmmakers and awesome display presentations.

Course Duration: 32 Hours

Mastering Visual Effects

Mastering Visual Effects

An advanced course on VFX and special effects for film, marketing, 
graphic design.

Course Duration: 32 Hours.

Mastering Motion Graphics

Mastering Motion Graphics

An advanced course to master the movement of images, typography 
to create dynamic designs for broadcast, web, dvd and film.


Course Duration: 32 Hours

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

It’s the most powerful image editing tool and the go-to industry standard.

This introductory course takes you through all the functions from; Navigating the workspace, working with documents, image modes and color selection, masks, layers and blend modes, working with type, painting tools and retouching tools.

All practical with real projects.

Course Duration: 32 Hours

Advanced Adobe Photoshop

Advanced Adobe Photoshop

This course is geared towards people with a basic to intermediate understanding of Photoshop that want to take their knowledge and skills to an advanced level. 
It is further recommended for those planning to obtain the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) status.


The course focuses on advanced photo editing techniques & features of photoshop including; cloning techniques, actions, batch editing, smart objects, stacks, camera raw, advanced masking, color correction, gradients, filter techniques, video, and much more!


Course Duration: 32 

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Delve into the world of vector graphics editing which allows people to design precise, easily scalable illustrations. It is especially useful for typesetting, logo design, and line art.

Students will learn the difference between Vector and Raster graphics. They will get a 
thorough overview of the program tools and layout to create a simple logo with shapes and text, learn to work with fills and strokes, pens, paths, layers and advance type tool options.


Course Duration: 32 Hours

Advanced Adobe Illustrator

Advanced Adobe Illustrator

This course is geared towards intermediate and advanced Illustrator users that want to take their knowledge and skills to an advanced level.

It is further recommended for those planning to obtain the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) status.

The course focuses on advanced vector art and teaches students manipulation techniques and tools for advance dynamic type treatments, live paint, artistic effects with 
brush tools, printing and exporting and much more.

Course Duration: 32 Hours

Introduction to Adobe InDesign

Introduction to Adobe InDesign

Introducing InDesign provides students with precise control over typography and has built-in creative tools for designing, pre-flighting, and publishing documents for print, online, and to mobile devices.

InDesign’s ability to dovetail with the rest of the Creative Suite product range offers users unrivaled editing and publishing power.


Course Details: 32 Hours

Advanced Adobe InDesign

Advanced Adobe InDesign

The advanced features of InDesign are taught to improve your productivity and enhance the quality of your creative output. 
Advanced training will show you how professionals save hours of time in production. You will learn how to build advanced paragraph styles, Master pages and Object styles, including advanced shortcut techniques.

Exploit all the rich features of InDesign, using its streamlined interface, logical methodologies and advanced professional functionality to their best effect for your creative projects.


Course Duration: 32 Hours

Introduction to Adobe Premiere

Introduction to Adobe Premiere

Take a first look at Adobe Premiere and learn how to make quick edits, set up sequences, customize your workspace, import and capture media, use a variety of editing tools, work with audio, introduce graphics and animation into your work, and export a final project.


Course Duration: 32 Hours 

Advanced Adobe Premiere

Advanced Adobe Premiere

Learn the advanced concepts and features in Adobe Premiere and master transitions, learn advanced editing techniques, put clips in motion, master multi-camera editing, sweetening sound, color correction and grading, compositing techniques and author DVD’s with adobe Encoder.


Course Duration: 32 Hours

Advanced Avid ProTools

Introduction to Maya for Animation

Introduction to Maya for Animation

For anyone eager to discover how animators at Pixar™ and DreamWorks™ bring computer-generated characters to life.This comprehensive introduction to the core principles of animation uses Maya®, the industry-standard software for 3D art creation for films and games.

Students build realistic character rigs and animate them from dynamic game-animation cycles to film-quality performances, complete with lip sync.


Course Duration: 32 Hours

Digital Filmmaking with DSLR cameras

Digital Filmmaking with DSLR cameras

Experiencing each phase of filmmaking from pre- to post-production, students learn how to operate a DSLR camera under almost every situation. They learn composition, how to control depth of field, manage low-light situations and use different focal lengths.

Students find out how to shoot a movie using a DSLR camera, how to optimize DSLR media for editing, color correction, editing using Final Cut Pro X® and how to record and sync quality audio.

DSLR shooting has become immensely popular in the video-production world and offers many advantages.The image sensors in DSLR cameras are incredibly sophisticated and the resulting images can be stunning. This course shows you how to get the most out of a DSLR camera.


Course Duration: 32  Hours

Film-making Boot Camp

Film-making Boot Camp

This two-day adventure in digital filmmaking will introduce you to all the basics; shooting digital video, editing on Final Cut Pro X, casting, workshopping actors, crew roles. Finishing with a group-made short film you’ll get some practice under your belt.

A lot of fun for aspiring filmmakers and video junkies.


Course Duration: 16 Hours

Photography Boot Camp

Photography Boot Camp

Amateur photographers discover professional shooting techniques in this immersive course. Learn how to consistently produce superior-quality images.

Course topics include how light, contrast, composition and shutter speeds work together to produce vibrant digital images.

Working with their own DSLR camera, students receive personalized, field-based instruction on how to improve their photography.

Then, in the classroom, students use Photoshop® and their natural creativity to enhance their images and prep them for final presentation.

Course Duration: 16 Hours

Acting for Beginners (Bootcamp) - Adults

Acting for Beginners (Bootcamp) - Adults

Acting is not as easy as it looks but with the right techniques almost anyone can give a Hollywood performance.

Embracing improvisations, Method Acting, Stanislavski, Meisner and other techniques, you’ll discover what works best for you.

Covering theatre acting and big screen acting you’ll learn the difference the medium makes, and you’ll take home video recordings of all your performances.


Course Duration: 16 Hours

Guerrilla Filmmaking

Guerrilla Filmmaking

If you have the ideas but not the bucks that can be needed to make films and documentaries this no-holds-barred, behind-the-scenes, guerrilla filmmaking boot camp will teach you to bluff, cajole, borrow, improvise, and repurpose everything from planks of wood to wheelchairs to make your low budget film with a little help from your friends.

Be prepared to get your hands dirty and make your own short film on a shoestring budget.


Course Duration: 72 Hours

Documentary Filmmaking

Documentary Filmmaking

Students master advanced shooting techniques in this comprehensive overview of digital documentary filmmaking.

The whole range of production is covered in this fast-paced course.

This is a great chance to get hands-on time with some of the best digital-filmmaking tools available today – including professional Sony HD cameras and pro audio gear, portable lighting kits, professional tripods and Final Cut Studio® for post-production and editing.

Students learn how to use microphones and audio-recording equipment in the field. They explore how to get a film made, plus using research and scripting to solve technical problems.

Students discover professional post-production strategies and guidelines for optimizing documentary work flow. Expert instruction demonstrates how to effectively tell stories using the documentary film format.


Course Duration: 72 Hours

Chroma Screen Techniques

Chroma Screen Techniques

Using our 100 square metre, 5 metre high greenscreen studio, Sony HD cameras, and TriCaster Mixers, this workshop covers the critical areas of lighting and staging for chroma (green) screen acquisition.

By planning, lighting and shooting using professional standards post production is a breeze.

Whether you are doing your own take on Avatar, or simply need to perfect your music videos, or your weather forecast broadcast, this intense workshop will give you all the tools and tricks.


Course Duration: 8 Hours

Video Interviewing Techniques

Video Interviewing Techniques

Whether you’re a journalist, documentary filmmaker, wedding videographer, or the guy who has to film all your corporate events, this bootcamp will show you how to do interviews like a pro.

Covering everything from setting up, choosing the right backgrounds and contexts, to internal and external lighting, micing techniques, and even doing it all as a one-man-band, we’ll show you how to get the right coverage quickly and how to ask the right questions to get your subject talking.

Course Duration: 8 Hours

Event Videography

Event Videography

Weddings, corporate videos, training videos, and events don’t have to be boring and formulaic.

Take your skills to the next level with this two day workshop in Event Videography, emphasizing creative cinematography, lighting, framing, lense use, camera choice and composition to bring a filmic quality to your professional videos.


Course Duration: 16 Hours

Directing Actors for Professionals

Directing Actors for Professionals

No two actors are alike. What works for one may be an obstacle for another. But with deadlines, shooting ratios and fading light to contend with Directors need to be able to nail performances quickly and consistently.

This workshop will show you how to really communicate with actors using clear language all actors understand. Using the practical, informal workshop you’ll come away with a bag of tricks that will help you work with everyone from kids to divas.


Course Duration: 16 Hours

Mixing for Live TV - Tricaster

Mixing for Live TV - Tricaster

TriCaster 855 is a complete, integrated solution for pros delivering big, live productions in native, full-resolution HD. With a fully loaded, 24-channel switcher, whopping eight-source ISO recording, and the world’s most powerful integrated effects system (can you say 3D?), your productions shine.

The hardware control surface is a highly responsive console for hands-on navigation of the system UI, giving you another choice for driving your live productions.Plus, you get to work additional video, graphics, animations, and virtual sets to help you meet today’s viewer demands, in a highly competitive marketplace.

Perfect for broadcast engineers and those working in TV stations.

Course Duration: 24 Hours

Certificate in Digital Journalism Techniques

Certificate in Digital Journalism Techniques

Rapidly changing technology has dramatically changed the world of journalism and newsgathering, challenging both those entering the field and practicing journalists to learn up-to-the-minute best practices across media platforms.

This practical course provides instruction in essential skills such as feature- and breaking-news writing, as well as current digital production and editing techniques.

Participants learn how to deliver news to audiences through a variety of media—newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, podcasts, social media sites, and more. Students acquire practical training in producing strong narrative stories across multiple platforms; they learn to incorporate print, social media, video, audio, still photography, and infographics; and they develop a portfolio that demonstrates their writing, research, and digital production skills.

Course Duration: 144 Hours

Adventures in Animation

Adventures in Animation

For kids who have ever wondered how animators produce favorite TV shows
and movies like Despicable Me™, Adventure Time™ and The Lego Movie™. In
this exciting hands-on animation camp, where they experiment with several
different animation techniques kids discover the tricks..

Students discover how to animate drawings using Toon Boom Studio™, shape characters out of clay and then tell animated stories with them. Plus, they learn to create “humanimation,” a stop-motion technique that allows campers to use live
actors to make fun and creative scenes, like flying and walking through walls.

Kids discover how to bring art to life with animation. They mix and match different techniques to tell amazing stories, and then add sound and special effects to make their animation masterpieces shine!

At the end, they get to bring home all their animations to share with family and friends.


Course Duration: 32 Hours

Acting for Beginners (Bootcamp) - Kids (7-12)

Acting for Beginners (Bootcamp) - Kids (7-12)

Kids are natural actors. They learn social skills through roleplaying and testing
limits.

This weekend workshop introduces children to acting for the camera;
blocking, staging, brainstorming and improvising their way to our hearts. Kids
take home a video of their “scene”.

Course Duration: 16 Hours

Acting for Teens (13-17)

Acting for Teens (13-17)

Dreaming of being the next big thing?

Acting is not as easy as it looks but with the right techniques almost anyone can give a jaw-dropping performance.

Embracing improvisations, Method Acting, Stanislavski, Meisner and other techniques, you’ll discover what works best for you. Covering theatre acting and big screen acting you’ll learn the difference the medium makes, and you’ll take home video recordings of all your performances.

This camp consists of 4 one-day workshops over 4 consecutive weekends.


Course Duration: 32 Hours

Teen Movie Camp

Teen Movie Camp

The art of cinematic storytelling is explained by professional filmmakers in this two-week, hands-on experience. Using state-of-the-art Sony HD cameras and the latest versions of industry standard editing software, every student completes two short film projects. Week One: Digital Filmmaking – Beginning –

Teens are immersed in a hands-on, project-based learning format that simulates a real-world movie production. They use Sony HD video cameras while experiencing all stages of movie production: planning, scripting, shooting and editing with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X®. Week Two: Digital Filmmaking – Advanced – Students go even deeper into filmmaking by discovering advanced shooting, lighting, and editing techniques. They add visual effects and motion graphics (along with professional audio) recording to their films.

Course Duration: 32 Hours

Introduction to Maya for Architectural Studies

Introduction to Maya for Architectural Studies

From Animators to Architects, this course is a comprehensive introduction to 3D art in Maya, through, modeling, animating and rigging for beginners with an emphasis on architectural aniamtion. Student will build structures, model furnishings, texture render and animate cameras to put together a 3D architectural masterpiece.

Course Duration: 32 Hours

Advanced Maya for Archiectural Studies

Advanced Maya for Archiectural Studies

Want to take your 3D skills to the next level? This Advanced Maya for Architectural Studies Course is targeted to anyone with an architectural background and basic 3D skills that wants to learn how to create high quality, interior and exterior renders at a professional level. Using Autodesk Maya, learn advanced modeling techniques, project management, set-dressing and compositing for your architectural project. Students will learn how to turn planned projects into professional realistic visualizations.

Course Duration: 45 Hours

Producer's Bootcamp

Producer's Bootcamp

Want to learn to produce a film, but aren't a film maker? This course will take you through what and who you need to get it done. From production piplines, management, budgeting and crew and cast, students will learn the basics of what it takes to be a producer.

Course Duration: 8 Hours

Business Management for Film

Business Management for Film

This intense course is targetted to those with a business like mind and a creative passion for film. Learn how to put together, manage, buget and produce a short film and make money doing it.

Course Duration: 16 Hours

Mastering Digital Photography

Mastering Digital Photography

Seasoned professionals guide students both in the field & through hands-on instruction. Students engage & challenge their creativity while mastering core concepts of digital photography. They learn key techniques for creating dynamic & visually interesting compositions. Related field trips and topics may include; advanced lighting, wildlife, landscapes, urban settings, glass photography, food photography, macro, tilt-shift, portraiture, night photography & more.

Course Duration: 32 Hours

Audio Post- Production for Visual Media

Audio Post- Production for Visual Media

Whether you are being introduced to the world of sound or are a seasoned professional, this course will guide you through the essentials of sound scaping, automatic dialogue repacement (ADR), Syncing and syncing tracks to visual media. Students will work with Avid ProTools to produce a final mixed visual media track to take home and add to their portfolio. The course will cover basic principle of dialogue editing, sound effects, sound design, Foley, music editing, mixing and create of sound libraries for visual media.

Course Duration: 24 Hours

Electronic Music Production 101

Electronic Music Production 101

This course teaches insider tips and tricks for structuring your tracks, using compressors, EQs and other DSP effects, and hot mixing tips that will make your songs shred dance floors. If you want your electronic production skills on an upward trajectory... Start here!

Course Duration: 24 Hours

DJ Bootcamp 101

DJ Bootcamp 101

Ever dreamed of being a DJ? well now is your chance, in part 1 of your DJ Bootcamp. This intense bootcamp has been designed to introduce music fans to the art and science of playing records. It is a combination of lecture presentations, live demonstrations and practice sessions that allow the students to have hands-on experience on industry equipment. Students will learn how the music market works, how to mix sound and work with your environment.

Course Duration: 8 Hours

Audio Mixing Boot Camp

Audio Mixing Boot Camp

Whether you’re creating your first mix and don’t know where to begin, or your mixes aren’t as good as you’d like them to be, the Audio Mixing Bootcamp is the course of choice to attend. This hands-on, practical course is built around a series of mixing exercises designed to show you how to listen and work like a mixing pro.

Course Duration: 16 Hours

Advanced Audio Mixing

Advanced Audio Mixing

Take your mixes to the next level and give them the punch they need to sound like the pros. This intense 2 day workshop will teach you advanced compression and equalization techniques and how to use effects precisely, Working with the Neve Genesys, students will learn to intergrate both analogue and digital mixing processes.

Course Duration: 16 Hours