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NZ Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5)

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1 year

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This one year (34 week) project-based programme is designed for people wanting to gain craft skills and knowledge required to work in the screen industry. On this course you produce all your own work from conception to completion.

The programme has been designed to give you as much “hands-on” experience with professional camera, sound and editing equipment as practical. We primarily use state-of-the-art digital cameras for recording images then edit those images on non-linear digital editing systems, as used in the professional industry.

Your future career and study opportunities

You will gain a broad introduction, as well as secure a good understanding, of different aspects of the screen industry. This will prepare you for employment or enable you to go on to further screen study in the Bachelor of Creative Practice.

The depth of the course allows you to look at opportunities working in film, television, web and non-broadcast media.

We aim to give you the skills to build your career in the area of your choice whether that be camera, sound, editing, directing, script writing, producing or another specialised field.

Further your study pathway with the Bachelor of Creative Practice followed by postgraduate study.

Entry criteria

The academic entry requirement for the NZ Diploma in Screen Production is either:

  • University Entrance, as defined by the NZQA; or
  • Evidence regarded as sufficient by the Discipline Leader of the capability to undertake and complete the programme of study; or
  • At the discretion of EIT | Te Pūkenga, where the applicant is over 20 years of age and demonstrates the capability to undertake and complete the programme of study.

All applicants will be required to attend an interview/audition with Discipline Leader.

English language entry requirements

All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme.

For international applicants, ways in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include the following:

  • Successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (subject to the conditions in the EIT | Te Pūkenga Database for English Language Proficiency (DELP)).
  • Completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4 with any endorsement).
  • IELTS Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment.
  • Accepted international equivalents to the above IELTS scores, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment (see equivalency tables in the DELP).

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