Diploma in Screen Production

Full Time
40 Weeks
NZQA Level 6
Auckland / Wellington / Christchurch

If you’ve always wanted to create visual effects for films and produce video content then this programme is for you. Learn about the full screen production process, from pre-production, to production, to post-production. Master a wide range of skills such a cinematography, sound capture, script writing, storyboarding, directing, producing, editing, sound design, colour grading, compositing and visual effects.

Working in production groups and individually you will write, direct and shoot a range of dynamic screen productions.
Then you will refine and polish your footage using cutting edge post-production techniques.

Prospective employers, cultivated your online portfolio and taken part in a screening of your work.
From here, you may choose to go on to further study in filmmaking or use your skills to apply for a job in the exciting worlds of film and television or post-production.

For International Students, please read our application process page

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Course Details

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You need to have successfully completed our Level 5 Diploma in Digital Design – Animation and Film Production or have your portfolio assessed by the Head of Faculty.

*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.

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  • Commercial studio - Delve into the commercial application of screen production as a part of the industry. Explore the myriad of ways that video and motion can be used for promotional, artistic, and informative content in a range of commercial deliveries. Plus develop skills in pre-production, production and post-production for commercial production.

  • Narrative studio - Gain exposure to narrative storytelling in film as an art-form within the screen production industry. Develop intermediate skills in pre- production, production and post production workflow as it pertains to narrative screen production.

  • VFX studio -Explore the process of VFX design and production. Learn and work with industry leading compositing software, and gain an understanding of industry workflows for pipeline VFX.

  • Production studio - Consolidate your skills and design and produce a self-driven screen production project. Self-promotion, professional practices and employment skills will also be a key focus. By the end of this module you will have completed a self-driven project, curated an online presence, and completed a dynamic showreel.


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


There is one summative assessment in each module, and you need to pass all four to qualify.

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  • Filmmaking equipment is used throughout the programme and you will be exposed to camera, sound recording and lighting operation & techniques as well as equipment handling best practices. Expect to encounter the following: professional camera rigs capable of HD and UHD capture; a variety of lenses, filters and diffusers; camera mounting equipment; dollys, sliders and jib arm kits; professional scene lighting kits; sound recording equipment; and action cameras. You will also have access to green screen and sound recording space.


  • Adobe CC
  • Cinema 4D Lite
  • Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve
  • Nuke Studio
  • NukeX
  • Final Draft
  • Celtx
Start Dates close


  • 30 April 2018 - 19 April 2019


  • 12 Feb 2018 - 14 Dec 2018


  • 23 July 2018 - 5 July 2019
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Domestic Students: $8,833.95

International students: $18,950 + $1,600 resource fee
Course fees subject to change.


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!

Items provided by ACG Yoobee

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

Essential items to purchase

  • 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