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Diploma of Digital Filmmaking (Advanced)

  • Full Time:
    41 Weeks
  • NZQA Level 6
  • Advanced
  • Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch

If you’ve always wanted to make movies and music videos, then this is the programme for you. You’ll learn how to shoot quality footage and turn it into a work of art using advanced digital post production techniques.

Working in a team you’ll write, direct and shoot your own short film. Then you’ll learn how to enhance it using post production techniques like editing, audio mixing, motion graphics, compositing, and visual effects (VFX).

By the end of the course you’ll have a showreel to impress prospective employers, as well as your own short film - the perfect tools to land you an exciting job in film, television or post production.



Entry Requirements

If you’ve completed our Diploma of Animation and Digital Video you get direct entry into this course. If you haven’t, you need to show us how awesome your video production skills are, by submitting some of your completed video projects.

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need an IELTS 6.0 Academic (no subtests lower than 5.5) or equivalent. Alternatively, sit our free Online English Placement Test. Contact us for more details.

Course Components

  • Video production - learn how the movie/video production process works from developing concepts to crafting storyboards; from shooting and editing to visual effects and delivery. This module gives you an overview of the complete process and puts post production into perspective. In groups you’ll gain hands-on experience planning, shooting and editing short films. This is 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’ll learn how to edit voiceovers and music, create foley effects and simple soundtracks.

  • Video editing - how do you take footage shot at different times, in different locations, and create a finished product which tells a compelling and interesting story? That’s the challenge of editing! This course takes you on a journey through several projects and unlocks 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. Find out 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. 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.


We use a graded form of assessment, and standards reflect what is required in video production and post production industries. You’re encouraged to develop technical skills and your own design style.

A limited number of reassessment opportunities are available. Minimum 80% attendance is required.

Equipment & Software


  • PCs
  • DSLR and digital video cameras
  • Sound recording equipment
  • Video production room with lighting and green screen


  • Avid Media Composer
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Nuke
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Encore


Course Fees

Domestic Students: $7861, International students: $21,300

Course Costs

For some items the cost will vary depending on the brand you buy and your individual needs. Best to have a chat with your tutor before you go shopping!

Avid Certification is included in assessment for this programme. To be eligible to sit the Avid Assessment, you’ll need to buy the Media Composer and Pro Tools textbooks.

Items provided by ACG Yoobee

  • 1 visual diary
  • 300 print credits
  • Monthly internet quota

Essential items to purchase

  • EssentialtTextbooks (required for Avid Certification) - purchase of these are arranged through ACG Yoobee - approx. $300
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • 1 SDHC card (class 10) - approx $40
  • External 3.5" hard drive - approx $200
  • Over the ear headphones - approx. $60

Other stuff you might need:

  • Wacom tablet – approx. $300
  • 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
  • Additional recommended textbooks (see below)

Recommended textbooks

  • The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, 2nd edition by Ron Brinkmann
  • Voice & Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production, 2nd edition by Mick Hurbis-Cherrier. ISBN: 0240811585
  • 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

Start Dates


30 Mar 2016 to 27 Jan 2017 - 41 Weeks


30 Mar 2016 to 27 Jan 2017 - 41 Weeks


11 Apr 2016 to 10 Feb 2017 - 41 Weeks