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New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5)

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1 year

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This hands-on programme introduces ?konga to industry-based practices and processes. Learn from industry practitioners and gain skills in off-set and on-set crew roles, including directing, camera, lighting, and production management.

Programme outline

Areas covered in this programme includes:

Contextual 'building blocks' of film. The history, its arc and role in popular culture, and the components that make for compelling and memorable films.
The 'toolbox' of filmmaking. Camera, lights, sound, and editing. Project based learning is practical and includes 'in-camera edit shoots, music video production and much more,
The art of successful scriptwriting as it applies to the film industry. What makes a successful story and how to break this down to a screen ready plan.
Robust pre-production planning using mapping and recording techniques.
Discovering the process of editing and how to apply practical knowledge with creative flair to stamp personal marks upon shot. sequences.
Planning, shooting and editing of a short drama and End of Year (EOY) project.

Related study options

New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 6)

Entry criteria

NCEA Level 2 or equivalent skills and knowledge and evidence of aptitude based on interview.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 5.5 overall with no sub-score less than 5.0 ; TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20); Cambridge English Test - FCE with a pass at Grade C or CAE with a score of 47; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic) score of 42; New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 4 with the Academic endorsement.

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