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New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5)

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1 year

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Learn from the industry's best and get hands-on experience in the fast-paced world of film and television. Use our ARRI ALEXA camera and the editing tools you’ll find in industry. Learn every aspect of filmmaking then specialise in the area you’re passionate about.

Programme outline

Culture and Context in the Screen Industry

Introduces students to some of the social, economic, cultural and historical conditions they will engage with in the screen production industry, and to academic skills used in the programme.

The Filmmaker's Journey

Introduces students to film production theory, to film making processes, and basic technical skills, with application in project work.

Screencraft 101: Scriptwriting

Introduces students to the story-telling nature of film-making, structures and devices that are used to create and enhance stories for audiences, and basic scriptwriting skills.

Screencraft 102: Editorial Process

Develops knowledge of technical processes and the use of craft skills in editing screen productions.

Screencraft 103: Production Planning

Develops knowledge of technical processes and the use of skills in pre-production and planning of screen productions.

Screencraft 104: On-Set Production

Develops students’ skills in crew roles in the screen production process, through student work on screen productions.

Screencraft 105: Applied On-Set Production

Develops further knowledge of technical processes and the use of craft skills in crew roles, through participation in student productions.


Avalon Studios

Entry criteria

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

IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5), or equivalent

TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)

Cambridge English: FCE with a pass at Grade C or CAE with a score of 47

Level 5 Diploma: PToE (Academic) score of 42

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