African Academy of Cinematic Arts 1-Year Filmmaking Program gives students the all-around filmmaking experience necessary to make their own films. The year is divided into two semesters, Students in the program receive over 1,000 hours of hands-on instruction and actual production experience.
The curriculum integrates intensive study in all the major filmmaking disciplines including cinematography, directing, screenwriting, producing, and editing, with advanced hands on training. Learners take part in an exciting program which challenges and develops them through each step of the way. learners write, shoot, direct, and edit They shoot projects in HD using cutting edge cinematographic equipment. All projects are edited digitally
The course is designed with the practical hands on nature of the AACA training ethos in mind. Learners are balanced between course work of the SAQA 61450 – Level 4 qualification and their hands on production experience work.
The programme is a focused mentor driven experience which puts the you into an intense production process starting with concept development and leading to a market ready film. The Academy provides the mentorship, equipment, workspace and weekly lectures. Developing film
makers part of this unique programmer will also work closely with performers and take part in the weekly AACA Performance Lab with Maumela Mahuwa.
Student film makers leave with a quality film title under their belt.
1. BASELINE PRODUCTION
You produce a pre-written script aimed at assessing the Learners skill level and induct them into the film making process.
2. MENTORED PRODUCTION
Guided by your mentors you will write, direct and produce your own film, your mentors will be with you every step of the way, from conceptualisation to final product.
3.ROAD TRIP PRODUCTION
The road trip is an additional production (optional) which aims to equip you with the versatility and adaptability to be able to shoot a film anywhere in any condition. #GorillaFilmMakingStyle
4. FINAL PRODUCTION
This will be the film that allows the student to really show off the skills that have been taught and practiced through the year. Students will get to determine and complete the full production process from Conceptualisation to Completion/Marketing.
1 Year Film Making with Acting Specialisation
Learners who want to do acting full time must enroll in the 1 Year Film Making Course with acting specialization.
Learners will be expected to meet the same entry requirements as Film Making Students and will be limited to certain elective subject offerings:
Elective 13932 Prepare and process documents for financial and banking processes Level 3 NQF Level 03 CREDITS: 5
Elective 114556 Plan pre-production Level 4 NQF Level 04 CREDITS: 7
No previous filmmaking experience is required. However, participants must work with self-discipline, energy and mutual respect.
During the course learners will PRODUCE, SHOOT AND EDIT their own films which lead to the learners walking away with a SAQA NQF Level 4 Qualification.
1. BASELINE PRODUCTION (5 Minute Short Film)
2. MENTORED PRODUCTION (5 Minute Short Film)
3. ROAD TRIP PRODUCTION (Optional) (5-10 Min Short)
4. FINAL FILM (10 Minute Film)
Learners will have access to HIGH END film production equipment for the duration of the course. Learners who complete the program will have access to AACA production equipment stores at a special discount rate when partnering with our music video production partner Gross Pictures PTY LTD.
The one year course is a disciplined and dedicated course designed to prepare you for the realities of the film industry.
Three times a week learners have a compulsory 6:00am class call time for special expert lead courses in addition these regular classes run Monday – Friday – 09:00am -16:00pm.
The course is intensive and designed to make you the best film maker you can be.
COURSE SCHEDULE (Part Time 18 Month Film Making Course)
This course is available part time as well. The course runs over 18 Months on Saturdays 9am – 5pm.
- Producing (Compulsory)
- Scriptwriting (Compulsory)
- Directing (Compulsory)
- Editing (Elective)
- Cinematography (Elective)
- Sound Design (Elective)
- Acting (Elective)