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Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (Film Making)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


Enhance your filmmaking knowledge and talent with the Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts - Filmmaking course. This specialist course will improve your creativity, technical and professional skills in film. You will learn to use industry standards across sound, writing, video editing techniques and more.

The Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (Filmmaking) aims to equip students with the professional, creative, analytical, and technical skills to prepare them for employment or further study in the film, animation, television, cinematographic, and digital media industries.

You will learn:

  • Screenwriting
  • Project Management
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Research-Led Industry Practice
  • Cinematography or Visual Effects Compositing.

This course will teach you to conceive, execute and promote digital film or animation productions to industry standards. Focusing on filmmaking will develop your ability to professionally screen-write and edit material, demonstrate core technical principles of operating digital cameras and produce well composed shots with quality sound and lighting.

Course Content


  • GD730 Internship
  • GD701 Studio Project 3


Choose three of the following (with the programme manager's approval):

  • BSA 504 - Screenwriting 1
  • BSA 534 - Pre-Production Techniques
  • BSA604 Screenwriting 2
  • BSA 602 - Audio Techniques
  • BSA 634 - Cinematography
  • BSA 627 - Visual Effects Compositing

Career opportunities:

This programme leads graduates to further study or employment in the screen arts sector as camera assistant, lighting assistant, director’s assistant, production coordinator, assistant scriptwriter, sound engineer, transmedia producer.

Satisfactory Completion

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (Digital Filmmaking) students must have been credited with all required papers as specified in the Programme Schedule. The total credit value of the Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (Digital Filmmaking) is 120 credits.

Entry criteria

Applications are open to Bachelor degree graduates who can demonstrate equivalent, relevant, practical professional or educational experience in a related discipline.

Special Admission

Notwithstanding the above admission criteria, provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, or has relevant industry experience, which is deemed to meet the required standard for entry, the applicant may be admitted to the programme.

Additional Criteria

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (Digital Filmmaking) are required to submit a portfolio of their work with their application and may be asked for a written submission. They are required to have a high competence in spoken and written English, 18 credits or more at Level 2 in NCEA literacy or an equivalent or more advanced English qualification.

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of their work with their application.

Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic score of 50)
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66

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