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New Zealand Diploma in Scenic Construction and Properties

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Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School


The New Zealand Diploma of Scenic Construction and Properties is a two-year programme that equips students with a comprehensive foundation in constructing sets and properties for the world of live and screen arts. With a limited intake of up to 12 students annually, this programme ensures a rich learning experience to nurture individual growth and professional development. Combining artistic craftsmanship with technical expertise, this programme places a strong emphasis on practical skills and cultivating a creative mindset. Through hands-on experience working on live productions, engaging in skill-based projects and industry internships; students refine their technical abilities, explore their creativity, and gain valuable insights into the construction and crafting processes for live and screen arts.

Course Information

The New Zealand Diploma of Scenic Construction is a two-year program that provides a comprehensive foundation in constructing sets and properties for the live and screen arts industry.

Year 1:‍

  • Construction, Materials and Processes: Construction methods and processes, finishing techniques, interpreting design briefs, visual communication, safe working practices.
  • Production Practice
  • Critical studies – analysis of screen and live arts

Year 2:

  • Production Practice
  • Advanced Skills workshops
  • Industry Internship
  • Self-directed research topic

Career Pathways

Possible occupations that Sets & Props can enter include:

  • Set or Scenic Carpenter
  • Scenic Welder/Metal Fabricator
  • Scenic Artist/Paint Special Effects
  • Props Maker
  • Scenic Sculptor
  • Film Art Department – Offset and Stand-by
  • Exhibition and Event Display
  • Property Construction and Finishing
  • Model Maker
  • Soft Prop and Costume Prop Maker
  • Visual Effects and Prosthetic Special Effects
  • Puppet Maker
  • Prototyping for Industrial Design

Entry criteria

Students must be at least 18 years by the first day of the first term of the course. There is no upper age limit.

English Language Proficiency

IELTS test – Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

NZCEL - Level 4 with the Academic endorsement

Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score less than 42

Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

OET – Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all subtests

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill

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