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New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production

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1 year

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Get into video production with the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production and learn all the basics that you need to get into the visual storytelling industry or upskill your hobby.

This introductory diploma will cover all the basics that you will need to know about screen production and help you develop necessary creative and technical skills.

You will learn:

  • Introduction to Screen Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Editing for Screen
  • Screen Culture and Context
  • Screen Business Practices
  • Pre-Production Planning
  • Screen Production Practices
  • Practical Screen Production

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production will have the skills and knowledge to work in junior technical or assistant roles in a screen production environment.

Recent graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production have gained temporary roles on film crews, and/or used their newly developed skills for personal screen production projects.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5) full-time over one year or part-time over four years

Qualification Pathways

For those wishing to pursue further study, SIT offers

  • the Diploma in Animation (Level 6)
  • the Bachelor of Screen Arts (Level 7), where students can choose to specialise in either animation or digital filmmaking.

Entry criteria

School Leavers

All applicants should hold NCEA Level 2 or equivalent skills and knowledge, and demonstrate a keen interest in screen production, applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of their work with their application.

Mature Applicants

Applicants of 20 years of age or over, at the time of programme entry, should demonstrate an interest and aptitude for screen production which demonstrate potential for success.

Special Admission: Notwithstanding the above admissions categories, in exceptional circumstances, a mature aged applicant who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programme (e.g. strong work experience/background as evidenced by CV, or referee attestations) may be considered for admission provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, which is deemed to prepare graduates for the required academic standard for entry.

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Examination – B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current:
Level 4 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
Language Cert - B2 Communicator International ESOL Written (LRW) HIGH PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than merit in any band

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