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Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


University of Canterbury


The digital screen sector is rapidly growing, in areas such as virtual production, 3D storytelling, virtual and augmented reality, and more. UC's new planned Digital Screen Campus — a creative hub with international-quality workspaces, stages, studios, and more — will provide a space for film production, game development, and cross-reality technologies to come together.

The Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours (BDigiScreen(Hons)) is a 4-year professional degree focusing on storytelling using words, still or moving images, animation, and sound. During your degree, you will work on collaborative projects with other students and with industry partners to build up a portfolio of work to give you a head-start in your career.

What will my study involve?

Build your experience in the digital media industry, with subjects ranging from filmmaking to music production to video game design.
Project work each year of the degree, beginning from your second year.
Work on real-world projects with some of Aotearoa New Zealand's greatest creative minds.
Study in UC's Digital Screen Campus, a new hub intended for industry collaboration, which will include sound stages, motion capture labs, film editing studios, live streaming setups, Virtual Screen Production theatre, and more.

Career Opportunities

Learn end-to-end digital production skills, as well as foundational skills in creative design and storytelling.
Develop a personal portfolio of digital works and practical experiences throughout your degree.
Gain industry contacts with collaborations and events on campus.
Graduates will find work as game developers, film and television producers, screenwriters, digital artists, creative directors, sound artists, animators, and more.

Major subjects

Cinematic Arts
Game Arts
Game Development
Screen Sound

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Recommended preparation

The BDigiScreen(Hons) is open to anyone who gains entry to the University and no previous experience is required. All subjects are introductory, and your first year will cover broad experiences creating content across film, gaming, and digital media industries.

Some knowledge and passion for cinema, creative writing, sound or art design, or video game development will be especially useful.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 50, and no communicative skills score below 42.

Undergraduate application deadline: Semester 1 (February start) by 31 October.

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