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Bachelor of Screen Production



This qualification is designed for people who are pursuing a career in film, video or other related screen production industries. Graduates will have specialised skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to operate independently as creative contributors in the screen production industry. This includes the attributes necessary to contribute to a bi-and multi-cultural environment in Aotearoa New Zealand.



To equip students with advanced industry-led skills and knowledge in filmmaking and screenwriting. To facilitate the development of in-depth, self-reflective creative practice, underpinned by comprehensive transferable skills.



This is an NZQA accredited programme of study that leads to the Level 7 Bachelor's Degree in Screen Production.



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  • Auckland


Skills and Outcomes


  • Analyse and generate solutions to unfamiliar and complex problems and issues related to key stages of film production

  • Apply an advanced level of generic skills in a range of production activities such as screenwriting, storyboarding, pre-production planning and scheduling, production assisting, directing, camera operation, sound recording, lighting, editing vision and sound, VFX

  • Understanding the key pre-production, production and post-production roles, processes and activities, and the ability to apply this understanding effectively to a range of creative and technical situations

  • Use a range of production equipment, techniques and technology to achieve complex and challenging creative goals

  • Plan and execute complex tasks either as an individual or part of a team

  • A capacity for critical, conceptual and reflective thinking, creativity and originality

  • Research skills and critical thinking towards specific problems and issues


Career Options in the Screen Industries

  • Camera Operator

  • Special Effects Artist

  • Videographer

  • 2D or 3D Animator

  • Film Post Production

  • Online Content Creator

  • Film/TV Director

  • Executive Producer

  • Film Exhibition

  • Sales Agent

  • Media Lecturer

  • Media Policy Analyst

  • Film Critic

  • Video Editor

  • Scriptwriter

  • Visual Designer

  • Film/TV Producer

  • Lighting Technician

  • Advertising/Marketing/

  • Promotions

  • Creative Entrepreneur

  • Line Producer

  • Film Distributor

  • Film/TV Publicist

  • Event Manager

  • Media Researcher


Bachelor of Screen Production
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AestheticInventProfessional Practice
StructureTirohangaProfessional Practice
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Screen Collaboration: Aotearoa 1Futurist/AnarchistProfessional Practice 2
Ko Te Ao Whānui: ScreenProduction ProfileProfessional Practice 2
Kaupapa MāoriCreative Screen SpecialisationProfessional Practice 3
Screen Collaboration: Aotearoa 2Fundamental Project DesignProfessional Practice 3
Fundamental Project ProductionProfessional Practice 3
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Screen Collaboration: Aotearoa 1
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Ko Te Ao Whānui: Screen
Production Profile
Professional Practice 2
Kaupapa Māori
Creative Screen Specialisation
Professional Practice 3
Screen Collaboration: Aotearoa 2
Fundamental Project Design
Professional Practice 3
Fundamental Project Production
Professional Practice 3

Key facts


    3 Years Full Time



    Enrol By: N/A

    Start Date: N/A

    End Date: N/A



Entry requirements


Proof of Identity
  • A copy of the student's valid photo ID must be provided.
General Academic Admission
  • For Level 7 Degree programmes, candidates are required to have gained a minimum of NCEA Level 3 or equivalent

Special Admission

  • Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Academic Manager or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introduction programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.  

Provisional Admission

  • Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the Academic Manager. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the Academic Manager.

English as an Additional Language Applicant requirement

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) applicants, including NZ Residents must meet standard NZQA minimum English Proficiency Outcomes for a diploma programme, i.e. for the academic version of IELTS they will require a score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5, or acceptable equivalent as per the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

An applicant must be a minimum of 17 years at the start date of the programme. Applicants aged less than 18 years old must apply with parental/guardian consent.

International students must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of enrolment.  

All students are given the tutorial and pastoral support needed to satisfactorily engage with the academic and technical demands of the programme, and in particular students entering with the minimum qualification of NCEA Level 2.

All entry is at the discretion of the Academic Manager.


Selection Process

Where there are more applicants than the number of places available a selection process may be applied.  An offer of place in a diploma or degree programme would be extended to applicants who meet the entry criteria and demonstrate the potential to successfully complete the programme on the basis of:

  • A portfolio of work that represents the applicant’s level of achievement

  • An interview

  • Curriculum vitae (optional)

Applicants who submit a formal application to enrol in the programme, and who meet the entry criteria would be invited to submit a portfolio of work and participate in an interview.  The purpose of the interview is to assess the applicants’ suitability for the programme. It will determine whether an applicant is offered a place in the programme, and if so, at what level of the programme the applicant will be offered a place. Applicants would be welcome to enlist whānau support.

 Cross Crediting and RPL

  • Cross Crediting

    Cross crediting is at the discretion of the Academic Manager and will be applied in circumstances where a student is transitioning from one programme to another. To ensure the currency of learning, cross crediting of courses will be automatic for any courses undertaken within fives years of the cross crediting.

  • Application process for RPL or credit transfer

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or credit transfer applies to circumstances where a learner can demonstrate relevant and current knowledge gained through prior learning and/ or a learner is requesting credits to be transferred from a qualification with comparable outcomes.

    Applicants who believe they meet the criteria for RPL or credit transfer should complete the application form and attach relevant certified documentation including official academic records and/or evidence of learning outcomes being met through previous work/life experience. An interview may also be conducted with the Academic Manager. Each application will be assessed by relevant academic staff.



Fees and Payments

Year One (Level 5)

Administration Fee   $500
Tuition Fee   TBC
Total Fees   TBC

Year Two (Level 6)

Administration Fee   NA
Tuition Fee   TBC
Total Fees   TBC

Year Three (Level 7)

Administration Fee   NA
Tuition Fee   TBC
Total Fees   TBC


Programme fees may be paid by Student Loan.

Fees must be paid annually, prior to the commencement of study.

This programme receives funding from TEC and is NZQA approved, therefore the first year is eligible for the 'Fees Free' scheme.  To determine your eligibility, visit feesfree.govt.nz

For any queries regarding payment please contact: study@sae.edu