Auckland / Wellington / Christchurch
Duration 40 weeks


29 Apr 2019 - 17 Apr 2020


29 Apr 2019 - 17 Apr 2020


11 Feb 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
22 Jul 2019 - 3 Jul 2020

$8,592.43 + $340 Student Services Levy

(Eligible for 'Fees-Free' study)

$19,500 + $2,000 Course Fee

NZQA Level 6

Course information

Immerse yourself in the full screen production process and create amazing video content! From pre-production (creating concepts for film and television projects) right through to production (the magic that happens when the camera rolls) and post-production (polishing and editing what you’ve captured on camera), the Diploma in Screen Production will give you the industry-relevant tools to create your own short film or passion project from scratch.

Master the art of cinematography, sound capture, script writing and storyboarding. Learn how to direct, produce and edit. Build your skills in sound design, colour grading, composition and visual effects.

Working both in a team and on your own, you’ll get to write, direct and shoot dynamic screen productions. You’ll then get to put the finishing touches on your productions by learning the most industry-relevant and cutting edge post-production techniques.

Better yet, you’ll be able to take credit for all your hard work by seeing your name in the credits of a short film that you’ve produced, directed, and edited at a special screening of your work.

With experience every aspect of screen production and a professional show reel to your name, the Diploma in Screen Production will give you the skills to apply for an entry-level role in the fields of film, television, or post-production.

Successfully complete this course and you’ll receive the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 6) [Ref. 3213].

Course highlights

With the Diploma of Screen Production, you’ll gain invaluable experience in all aspects of the production process. Here are just some of the skills that you’ll gain over 40 action-packed weeks…

  • Commercial Studio – delve into the commercial application of screen production and discover the epic ways that video and motion can be used for promotional, artistic and informative content. Plus hone your skills in commercial pre-production, production and post-production.
  • Narrative Studio – explore the art of narrative storytelling in film, and develop relevant intermediate pre-production, production and post-production workflow skills.

  • VFX Studio – Love visual effects? Work with industry-leading compositing software and explore the process of VFX design and production.

  • Production Studio – it’s time to consolidate those skills! Design and produce a self-driven screen production project, curate an online presence and complete a dynamic showreel.

Where could this take you?

The technical and creative expertise you gain on this course will open a world of possibilities and career paths right across the industry, from film and television to post-production. With a Yoobee Diploma in Screen Production, the sky is the limit.

INGEST EDITOR – Your job is to get the footage into the system and organise video assets. A great entry-level role!

CAMERA ASSISTANT – Assist the camera operator or director of photography with lenses, kit and lights.

MOTION GRAPHICS ARTIST – Channel your design and animation skills to create animated graphics for TV and film production.

ROTOSCOPER – Use your newly-acquired skills to magically separate objects and actors off of backgrounds and work your way up to a VFX compositor role.

VFX COMPOSITOR – Create mind-blowing visuals for commercials, films and television. It’s a great stepping stone to becoming a flame operator or VFX supervisor.

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT – Muster your organisational and creative problem-solving skills to help make a film or TV production a reality. From here you can pathway into other production roles like production management, first AD, directing and producing.

Student Work and Success

After graduating from Yoobee, uber-talented creative Jessie Burgess got snapped up for the ultimate contract as a junior VFX artist for Park Road Post Production. Thanks to her Yoobee diplomas in animation and digital video, filmmaking, and advanced 3D graphics, she had a tonne of expertise – not to mention a string of accolades. Jessie gained distinction for all three of her diplomas, won the Diligence Award twice, and was named Best VFX Artist in her final year.

Check out some of her work here:

Entry Requirements close

In order to gain entry into this diploma, you must have successfully completed Yoobee’s Level 5 Diploma in Digital Design - Animation and Film Production or have a portfolio assessed by the Head of Faculty.

You’ll need to provide an application letter (written in your own words and in English) that covers the following:

  •          A brief introduction of yourself
  •          Your academic/work background
  •          Your software skills
  •          Your reasons for wanting to enrol in this programme
  •          Your future aspirations in this field.

If English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS 6.0 Academic (no subtests lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

Portfolio Requirements

You will need to provide a portfolio of original creative works containing 7–10 examples that demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of film production and motion graphics. Ideas for what you may want to put in your portfolio could include previous examples of motion graphics pieces created in software such as After Effects and Premiere Pro, or a short film you have created.

Any portfolio submitted for a Level 6 diploma must be of the following industry-level standard:

  •          Each piece of creative work must be clearly labelled with the intention of the piece and a brief description.
  •          If you are applying for a programme that specialises in visual effects, 3D or motion graphics, we would expect you would provide a show reel.
  •          All work provided must be original and your own work. Where group work is shown, you must detail your involvement in the project.

You may also be provided with a simple task sheet that will ask you to create a unique motion graphics piece.

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Course Components close
  • 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.

Start Dates close


29 Apr 2019 - 17 Apr 2020


29 Apr 2019 - 17 Apr 2020


11 Feb 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
22 Jul 2019 - 3 Jul 2020

Fees close

$8,592.43 + $340 Student Services Levy

(Eligible for 'Fees-Free' study)

$19,500 + $2,000 Course Fee

The New Zealand Government has imposed an international student levy on tuition and course related fees. From 1 January 2019 the levy will be 0.89% of the compulsory tuition fees.

Equipment & Software close


You’ll be using filmmaking equipment throughout the programme and will be exposed to camera, sound recording and lighting operation and techniques, as well as equipment handling best practices. You’ll also have access to green screen and sound recording space.
Expect to encounter:

  • Professional camera rigs capable of HD and UHD capture
  • Variety of lenses, filters and diffusers
  • Camera mounting equipment
  • Dollies, sliders and jib arm kits
  • Professional scene lighting kits
  • Sound recording equipment
  • Action cameras


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