National Certificate in Film and Television Production


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Program Description

The National Certificate course in Film and Television Production is aimed at providing a solid foundation for intrepid independent filmmakers looking to gain the knowledge to initiate their own film projects as well as those looking for a skill-set with which to enter the film industry in a practical capacity. You will acquire the skills necessary to handle DSLR camera equipment, solve basic lighting, sound, production and post-production processes, and gain the experience to realise basic ideas on screen.

Minimum entry requirements: Pass on National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) and basic computer literacy

DSLR Cinematography
Since DSLR cameras have been established as viable alternatives to expensive and inaccessible high-end film (video) cameras for creating and capturing beautiful images on screen, very specific techniques and approaches have developed in order to get the most out of this type of equipment – this course will look at the considerations necessary for creating an awareness of the DSLR filmmaking process and the specific approach relevant to it.

Production Design for Film & Advertising
Students will study the concepts and general principles involved in creating production design solutions for film and advertising environments. Focus is placed on developing the student’s ability to recognise text-based material in visual terms and relate this to 3-dimensional design decision-making within a narrative context. Text analysis skills, production design research, methods and techniques and the components, structure and responsibilities of the art department, its sequence of execution and modes of communication are explored.

Screenwriting for Advertising
In the world of online marketing, Youtube and Vimeo, few things are catchier than a great advertisement or slick company profile. In this course the student will learn how to work from client briefs in order to produce scripts for adverts as well as corporate videos.

Film Terminology
Students are introduced to the history and development of the film medium and film conventions, while practical classes focus on the basic application of these principles on a film set. Throughout this module, students will develop a basic understanding of the fundamentals of film conventions with regards to framing, camera movement, lighting, sound design and editing. Emphasis is placed on applying the film conventions to gain a greater understanding choices and considerations involved in the filmmaking process.

Film Editing
This module develops the practical skills and techniques related to the editing process, from working in different media formats to editing and exploring footage for specific outputs. The basics of Film conventions are explored and students are familiarised with Adobe Premiere Pro interface. They also gain the required skills for setting up an editing workflow. Students are expected to produce a 3-5 minute show reel where they demonstrate the various editing skills acquired throughout the module. Upon completion of the module, students will have developed a holistic understanding of the various facets involved in the editing process.

Audio for Film
This module explores the basic forms and usage of sound design in film. Audio is an important component of film and television productions, without which the quality of products is inadequate. Emphasis is placed on the emotional effect of sound on a viewer through sound design. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of sound recording for film as well as sound mixing and considerations specific to a film related workflow. The purpose of this module is to learn how to add to and embellish audio components to create the desired atmosphere to the film.

Film Production
This module explores the process of filming and directing a short production with actors and a film crew. Students work in groups in order to film a short screenplay, emphasising the successful direction of the film. this entry level directing competence allows small business owners in the film and television industry to direct their own productions, thus opening entrepreneurship opportunities. The role of director is one of leadership, which a transferable competence and improves learner employability. Good directing ensures that products are good, and improved leadership capabilities will impact positively on the industry.

Last updated Apr 2019

About the School

The Open Window Institute for Arts and Digital Sciences is a leader in South African tertiary education for innovation and creativity in the fields of visual communication, film, animation and interac ... Read More

The Open Window Institute for Arts and Digital Sciences is a leader in South African tertiary education for innovation and creativity in the fields of visual communication, film, animation and interaction design. We are accredited with the Council of Higher Education and offer bachelor degrees in Visual Communication and Film Arts. Read less
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