Open to international students

Diploma in Film and TV Production

Level 6
40 weeks

With a ferocious reputation for success, this course will teach you the fundamentals and professional practices needed to build a toolbox of skills in film and television production. Over the course of the year, you will participate in more than 20 productions, giving you the communication and collaboration know-how when working with crews on set.

Aimee Clapper

120 Credits | Full-time | On Campus

In this one-year intensive course, you’ll deep-dive into the world of film and television production and come out ready to go straight into the industry.


Originally delivered out of our South Seas Film School Campus only, this programme has a ferocious reputation. We’ve been supplying work-ready graduates to the industry for 30 years, and everyone in the industry knows our name. For good reason. The course is intense and is packed full of deep and immersive learning-through-action.

You’ll get the choice of the following industry specialisations:*

  • Drama directing & scriptwriting

  • Documentary directing & research

  • Camera, audio and lighting

  • Production management

  • Post-production

Over the course of the year, you will participate in more than 20 productions to give you the right communication and collaboration know-how when working with crews on set. You’ll be tutored carefully by industry professionals so you graduate with the competence and confidence to hit the ground running on any set.

Our course content is reviewed every year to remain cutting-edge and relevant. We don’t just want you to know what’s waiting for you on graduation, we want you to have the practical experience you'll need to navigate the realities of the film industry. Every year, we bring in a host of working industry professionals to interact with you. One of the highlights of the year is Short Cuts, where you'll get to work alongside industry mentors on a professional set. 

Successfully complete this course and you’ll receive the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 6).

*Our Wellington and Christchurch campuses will offer a selection of these specialisations.



What you'll learn

Professional practices

You will complete a series of practical exercises, having go at Editing, Camera, Lighting, Audio, Directing, Production Management and Production Design. This will help you to choose your specialist skills options.

Skills Development

Practical workshops and short Doco and Drama Productions will prepare you to work in different production environments.


Complex Projects 

A series of more intensive workshops and longer form Docos and Dramas, including 2 weeks of shooting Drama scenes on location with an industry crew and working on sports coverage with Sky TV's Outside Broadcast van.

Final project

You will complete pre-production planning, production recording and post production of a short documentary or a drama film.



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A bit more information


Avid Media Composer, Da Vinci Resolve, Adobe, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop

Domestic students

*Course Related Cost  - Covers software licensing for student use on campus for the period of 1 year. This amount can be covered by Studylink's courses related cost loan.

(Eligible for 'fees-free' study)

International students

  • Tuition Fees: $24,500 (NZD)

  • Course Related Costs: $2,000 (NZD)

For more information, click here to download the international course costs PDF.

Please note fees are subject to change.

Applicants must have completed a Diploma in Screen Production, Level 5


Have a portfolio to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge.

All domestic applicants must be at least 17 years of age, complete the course application form and written requirements as well as undergo a formal interview and submit a portfolio for assessment. Applicants must have basic computer skills, although a good skill-base would be an advantage.

International applicants must be 18 years or older and have proof that they have gained within the last 2 years, English language skills equivalent to IELTS (Academic) score 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5.



Get more info

Provide your details in the form below and one of our course advisors will then be in touch with more information.




Select your Major

In this one-year intensive you’ll get to specialise in a field of your choice. Hopefully. A place on the specialist skill of your first choice is not guaranteed.The selection process reflects the competitive nature of the Film & Television industry and is based on creative, technical and personal skill assessments in Term one. Check out the majors below:



Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges Ltd. Yoobee Colleges Ltd is an NZQA Category 1 provider, the highest rating a school can be awarded by the Government.

Term dates are subject to change pending enrolment numbers, availability and unforeseen funding fluctuations. Yoobee Colleges Ltd reserves the right to modify schedules to make sure the College runs well and students are offered the best learning experience.