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NZ Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Eastern Institute of Technology


The New Zealand screen industry is looking for enthusiastic, skilled people who have a core working knowledge of each of the main areas in the industry. This diploma offers you the hands-on experience to gain that knowledge. From the first day you are operating the equipment, working on each other’s productions and developing a well-rounded professional work ethic, including collaboration and time management skills – both essential for a successful career in screen.

During the diploma you will research, write, edit and direct a commercial, a short film and a mini documentary all of which will make up your individual E-portfolio.

The one year diploma gives you a solid base and stepping stone to further screen study at EIT in the Bachelor of Creative Practice.


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.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

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.

  • Film and TV work
  • Non-broadcast
  • Multimedia development work
  • Research
  • Further your study pathway with the Bachelor of Creative Practice followed by postgraduate study

Entry criteria

There are no minimum academic requirements. However, applicants will need to provide their curriculum vitae detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements. The Programme Coordinator will use this information to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the NZ Diploma in Screen Production.

All applicants will be required to attend an interview with the programme coordinator.


All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English Language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. English Language fluency can be verified by achievement of one of the following within the last two years:

• New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 (Any endorsement)
• IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0
• PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
• International equivalents to IELTS accepted by NZQA or successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply)

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