Screen Production


Screen Production provides an intensive, film school-style experience for future writers, directors and producers of drama and documentary films. We are the leading graduate-level production programme in New Zealand. We are proud of our close relationship with industry, as evidenced by our Industry Board of Advisors and the high percentage of graduates who have successfully secured work in the industry.

Areas of study

You can study Screen Production as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts or a Master of Arts.

For the BA(Hons) and the PGDipArts, your study will start with basic production management, shot composition and editing, and then move on to 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 editing software, EP Scheduling and Final Draft.

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.

You can study Screen Production in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will be taught by staff who are practising film-makers and will take courses which are closely informed by trends in the industry. This industry interface is strengthened by guest lecturers and supervisors from the film industry who serve as consultants on students' final projects.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have careers in film and television production and distribution, advertising, broadcasting, marketing, public relations, curating, archiving, editing, publishing, journalism and reviewing. They work in other forms of media writing, public policy, funding and regulatory bodies, web-based activities and teaching.

Student works have screened at major international film festivals, including Venice, London and New York, and are regularly included in the New Zealand International Film Festival.

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