New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 6)

This programme builds on skills and knowledge and further prepares ākonga for the screen industry. It provides more advanced practice-based experience across a range of mediums including documentary and TV commercials. Ākonga have the opportunity to focus on a key crew role during the programme, with a view to working professionally in that area.

Study at Te Kāhui Auaha, our creative campus at the heart of Wellington CBD.

Programme outline

Areas covered in this programme includes:

  • Research which explores and evaluates the critical components of successful filmmaking from both international and Aotearoa New Zealand based perspectives.
  • Exploring the art of scriptwriting and screen adaptation for applied storytelling; to produce individual projects.
  • Applying knowledge within technical processes, craft skills, leadership, and management in pre and post-production planning of screen productions.
  • Experience of the practical planning implications of filmmaking.
  • The opportunity to lead, initiate, create, and contribute to screen productions; ākonga work on a minimum of two projects including documentary making and festival ready short films.
  • The expansion of learning editorial skills within own projects, and the work of others. Achieve an industry level of skill base in the editorial suite.
  • Ways to secure film funding, and the practical and legal requirements needed in order to operate as a contractor within the film industry.

Entry requirements


New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5) or equivalent industry experience.

It is recommended that candidates hold a Restricted or Full New Zealand Drivers Licence.

International students

International: IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5), or equivalent.

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Last updated: 6/5/2024

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