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Bachelor of Screen Production

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


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This qualification is designed for people who are pursuing a career in film, video or other related screen production industries. Graduates will have specialised skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to operate independently as creative 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 advanced industry-led skills and knowledge in filmmaking and screenwriting. To facilitate the development of in-depth, self-reflective creative practice, underpinned by comprehensive transferable skills.


This is an NZQA accredited programme of study that leads to the Level 7 Bachelor's Degree in Screen Production.


  • Analyse and generate solutions to unfamiliar and complex problems and issues related to key stages of film production
  • Apply an advanced level of generic skills in a range of production activities such as screenwriting, storyboarding, pre-production planning and scheduling, production assisting, directing, camera operation, sound recording, lighting, editing vision and sound, VFX
  • Understanding the key pre-production, production and post-production roles, processes and activities, and the ability to apply this understanding effectively to a range of creative and technical situations
  • Use a range of production equipment, techniques and technology to achieve complex and challenging creative goals
  • Plan and execute complex tasks either as an individual or part of a team
  • A capacity for critical, conceptual and reflective thinking, creativity and originality
  • Research skills and critical thinking towards specific problems and issues


What jobs will this course lead to?

Video editor
Visual Effects Artist
Camera Assistant

Entry criteria

International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

A copy of the student's valid passport must be provided.

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

English Language RequirementsInternational 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)

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