New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production

New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5)

This hands-on programme introduces ākonga to industry-based practices and processes. Learn from industry practitioners and gain skills in off-set and on-set crew roles, including directing, camera, lighting, and production management.

Programme outline

Areas covered in this programme includes:

  • Contextual 'building blocks' of film. The history, its arc and role in popular culture, and the components that make for compelling and memorable films.
  • The 'toolbox' of filmmaking. Camera, lights, sound, and editing. Project based learning is practical and includes 'in-camera edit shoots, music video production and much more,
  • The art of successful scriptwriting as it applies to the film industry. What makes a successful story and how to break this down to a screen ready plan.
  • Robust pre-production planning using mapping and recording techniques.
  • Discovering the process of editing and how to apply practical knowledge with creative flair to stamp personal marks upon shot. sequences.
  • Planning, shooting and editing of a short drama and End of Year (EOY) project. 

Entry requirements

NCEA Level 2 or equivalent skills and knowledge and evidence of aptitude based on interview.

International students

IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5), or equivalent

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*International fee displayed is for 1 year of study (equivalent to 120 credits) and does not include insurance, administration and student service fees. For more details, please email:

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