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Diploma in Screen Production

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


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This qualification is designed for people who are new to the industry or considering a career in film, video or other related screen production industries. Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and attributes to operate with supervision as useful contributors in the screen production industry. This includes the attributes necessary to contribute to a bi and multi-cultural environment in Aotearoa New Zealand.


To equip students with early-to-intermediate industry-led skills and knowledge in filmmaking and screenwriting. To facilitate the development of self-reflective creative practice, underpinned by transferable skills.


This is an NZQA accredited programme of study that leads to the Level 5 NZ Diploma in Screen Production.


  • Develop storylines and treatments
  • Historical perspective of film history
  • Plan and shoot a wide range of content
  • Integrate live-action footage with visual effects
  • Manage media assets
  • Record sound on location
  • Basic audio mixing
  • Ensure a safe workplace


  • Camera Operator
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Videographer
  • 2D or 3D Animator
  • Film Post Production
  • Online Content Creator
  • Film/TV Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Film Exhibition
  • Sales Agent
  • Media Lecturer
  • Media Policy Analyst
  • Film Critic
  • Video Editor
  • Scriptwriter
  • Visual Designer
  • Film/TV Producer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Promotions
  • Creative Entrepreneur
  • Line Producer
  • Film Distributor
  • Film/TV Publicist
  • Event Manager
  • Media Researcher

Entry criteria

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

Completion of the equivalent of NCEA Level 3 or University Entrance qualification.

English Language Requirements

International students who are not native English speakers need to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A band score of 6 or higher (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 or higher (paper based test), 60 or higher (internet based test)

All entry is at the discretion of the Academic Manager.

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