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Diploma of Digital Filmmaking (Advanced)

Full time, 41 weeks, level 6, NZQA approved

Learn how the whole process of video production works – from concept and planning to delivery; discover the secrets of effective video and audio processing using editing, effects, motion graphics, compositing and more; develop your graphic design skills, create animated visual effects, and use the power of today’s production tools to seriously alter reality.

The Diploma of Digital Filmmaking (Advanced)* will teach you how to transform that raw footage into a work of art and master the skills you need to make a good production great.  Produce a showreel to demonstrate your ability, and you’ll be armed and ready to present yourself for a range of roles in the creative media.

Class sizes are restricted with an average of 18 - 20 students per class.

* formerly the Diploma of Video Post Production

Course Components

The course consists of ten compulsory modules:

  • Video production - learn how the movie/video production process works from concepting to storyboarding, shooting, editing, visual effects and delivery. This module is designed to give you an overview of the complete process and to put post production into perspective. In a group you will plan, shoot and edit short films, to give you experience essential to understanding post production processes.
  • Audio post production - audio is key to the success of any video production and is increasingly becoming part of post production workflow. Learn to edit, process and effect audio for video post production. You will learn how to edit voiceovers and music, create foley effects and simple soundtracks.
  • Video editing - how do you take footage shot at different times and in different locations and create a finished product which tells a compelling and interesting story? That is the challenge of editing. This module takes you on a journey through several projects where you will learn the secrets of effective editing.
  • Graphic design - develop your graphic design skills for video. Learn the tips and tricks you will need to quickly and effectively create vector and bitmap graphics for use in motion graphics and television commercials.
  • Motion graphics - motion graphics is one of the most exciting areas of video post production. Combine your design skills with animation and effects to create animated visuals for TVCs, titles, IDs and more.
  • DVD authoring - learn how to create DVD menus and interfaces, encode video for DVD and author DVD titles. Learn how to incorporate effective usability into your DVD projects. You’ll start with a simple video track and create a finished product.
  • Compositing and VFX - use the power of today’s production tools to seriously alter reality. Learn how to integrate 3D animation and live motion video, and composite multiple video sources to create fantastic visual effects.
  • Individual project and showreel - this is your opportunity to apply all you have learned. Create a motion graphics piece, a finely tuned edit, or show off your visual effects skills — the choice is yours. You can work on a project of your own or work with others to create video to a commercial standard.
  • Industry practice - learn how copyright and legal issues affect video post production, how production is managed and how workflow is organised. Develop the communication skills essential to working in a post production team.
  • Film studies - active viewing, critique and analysis of some of the best (and worst) film and television ever created. Learn what works and why by breaking apart motion pictures, television shows, commercials and music videos. This module will change the way you watch a movie!

* Course content is subject to change to ensure continued industry relevance.

Note: classes run Monday to Friday.



  • Assessment is standards-based, which means you need to meet all the standards set for a particular task.
  • There are no marks or examinations.
  • All projects must be produced to a commercial standard.
  • You are encouraged to develop technical skills and your own design style.
  • Reassessment opportunities are available.
  • Minimum 80% attendance requirements apply.

Equipment & Software

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  • Apple Macintosh computers
  • DV & HDV digital video cameras
  • Sound recording equipment
  • Video production room with lighting and green screen


  • The Foundry Nuke
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple Soundtrack Pro
  • Adobe After Effectschris hunt
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • DVD Studio Pro

Entry Requirements

Yoobee's Diploma of Animation and Digital Video is designed as an excellent pathway into this course. By successfully completing this course students have the necessary core skills in digital imaging, video production, 3D modelling and compositing to maximise their learning potential in the Diploma of Digital Filmmaking (Advanced).

Applicants who have not completed the Diploma of Animation and Digital Video production course are still eligible for direct entry if they can demonstrate a range of video production skills. This will require submission of examples of completed video projects for consideration.

If English is not your first language an IELTS 6.0 Academic (no subtests lower than 5.5) or equivalent is required. You can also sit for a Free Yoobee Online English Placement Test as an alternative proof of English level. Contact us for more details.

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Course Fees & Related Costs

Course fees

Domestic students: $7,566
International students: $21,300

Domestic course fees are GST inclusive. Course fees could be subject to change.

Course costs

For some items the cost will vary depending on the brand of item purchased or on the student’s individual needs. Students are encouraged to discuss the items, especially textbooks, with their tutor before purchasing.

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Items provided by the College
  • 1 visual diary
  • Software manual
  • 300 print credits
  • Monthly internet quota

Essential items to purchase

  • Textbooks (see below) - approx. $300
  • External 3.5" 500GB (at least) Firewire hard drive - approx. $200
  • 2 MiniDV video tapes - approx. $30
  • Headphones - approx. $60
Additional items students may need or wish to purchase
  • 1 SD card – approx. $8
  • 10 CD labels – approx. $15
  • 10 CD presentation cases – approx. $50
  • Storage media (CD/DVDs) – up to $70
  • Extra print credits – up to $80 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Extra internet quota – up to $100 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Sundry stationery – up to $100
Recommended textbooks
  • The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, 2nd edition by Ron Brinkmann
    Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 2 edition (June 4, 2008), ISBN: 0123706386
  • The Eye is Quicker : Film Editing: Making A Good Film Better                                  by Richard D. Pepperman
    Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (March 25, 2004), ISBN: 0941188841
  • Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects: Essential and Advanced Techniques, 4th Edition by Chris Meyer, Trish Meyer
    Publisher: Focal Press; 4th edition (November 12, 2007), ISBN: 0240810104

Industry Relevance

  • YOOBEE @Natcoll liaises closely with the video, animation and interactive industries to ensure the latest commercial practices are taught.
  • YOOBEE @Natcoll encourages students to work on real industry projects.

These connections with industry mean you will have the skills needed to hit the ground running once you finish your course.


Career Opportunities

  • Video editor
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Video artist
  • Compositor
  • VFX artist
  • VFX production coordinator

Further learning

Once you have completed this course, further develop and refine your skills with the Diploma of Digital Media (Advanced) or diversify your skills with the Diploma of Animation (Advanced).