Postgraduate study in Screen Production

What you can study in Screen Production

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Screen Production

During these one-year programmes you can expect an intensive individual and group learning experience. We start with basic production management, shot composition and editing, and then take you through interviewing documentary subjects to advanced blocking and camera movement. You will direct actors in front of the class, pitch documentary ideas and cut trailers. You will also learn how to use editing software such as EP Scheduling and Final Draft.

You will finish the year with a creative project. Depending on your area of focus, you will complete your own 10-minute short film or documentary, and/or write a feature screenplay.

Master of Arts in Screen Production

The MA in Screen Production includes a large-scale production project. You can choose to focus on screenwriting, producing or directing (drama or documentary). The project will usually be a feature film (screenwriting), a short film (drama directing) or a half-hour documentary. You will work closely with a supervisor to realise your vision.

The programme is supplemented by guest speakers from the film industry, who will extend your knowledge of skills such as producing, research and art direction, and discuss the realities of progressing within the screen industry with you.

You will crew on each other's productions, further developing knowledge of the production process, as well as practical and teamwork skills. We support and encourage you to undertake internships with film production companies in your area of interest.

How to apply

To be admitted to a postgraduate programme in Screen Production you need to make two separate applications:

  1. Apply for admission to study at the University of Auckland
  2. Apply for a postgraduate programme in Screen Production

Application deadlines

To study Screen Production in a postgraduate programme in 2019 you need to submit both applications by Monday 14 January 2018.

If you are an international applicant we recommend that you submit your application by Friday 9 November 2018 to allow enough time to apply for a visa if you are accepted.

Entry requirements

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Screen Production

A BA with a major in Film, Media and Television, or Media, Film or Television or a related subject, or approval of the Head of School or nominee. You must have an average of at least B in 45 points at Stage III in your major. You must also meet Media and Communication's selection criteria.

Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Production

A completed bachelors degree from a New Zealand university or an equivalent and appropriate level of competence. You must also meet Media and Communication's selection criteria.

Master of Arts in Screen Production

120-point (one-year) MA

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Screen Production with an average grade of B or higher, and submission of a project proposal approved by the Head of School or nominee as suitable for this MA.

240-point (two-year) MA

A BA with a major in Film, Television and Media Studies or Media, Film or Television or a related subject, or approval of the Head of School or nominee. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Enrolment in the second-year research component requires acceptance of the Head of School or nominee of a project proposal as suitable for this MA.

Structuring your specialisation in Screen Production

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Screen Production

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2019 BA(Hons) schedule for Screen Production

Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Production

120 points from postgraduate courses in Screen Production, selected from the BA(Hons) schedule for Screen Production.

Master of Arts in Screen Production

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2019 MA schedule for Screen Production

Courses

Explore the courses you can take as part of a specialisation in Screen Production:

Postgraduate courses

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Screen Production, you can contact a Postgraduate Adviser.