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Diploma in Screen Production



This qualification is designed for people who are new to the industry or considering a career in film, video or other related screen production industries.  Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and attributes to operate with supervision as useful 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 early-to-intermediate industry-led skills and knowledge in filmmaking and screenwriting.  To facilitate the development of self-reflective creative practice, underpinned by transferable skills.



This is an NZQA accredited programme of study that leads to the Level 5 NZ Diploma in Screen Production.



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  • Auckland


Skills and Outcomes


  • Develop storylines and treatments

  • Historical perspective of film history

  • Plan and shoot a wide range of content

  • Integrate live-action footage with visual effects

  • Manage media assets

  • Record sound on location

  • Basic audio mixing

  • Ensure a safe workplace



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


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Key facts


    1 Year 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

  • Candidates are required to have gained a minimum of NCEA Level 2

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.  

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.


Fees and Payments

Administration Fee   $500
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 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