South Seas
Film School Campus

About South Seas


South Seas Film & Television School has been fuelling the film and television industry for 27 years.

Founded by Gerben Cath in 1991 using his film production studio facilities on Auckland's North Shore, our South Seas Film and Television training is grounded in intensive, practical courses.

The school has bred an army of creatives in post-production, directing, scriptwriting, art and design, animation and VFX, acting and photography.

Throw a stone at a film set in New Zealand and you're bound to hit a South Seas Film & Television School graduate.

What we teach

Artistic? Technical? Organised? Whatever your strengths, our practical programmes help you turn them into a specialist role, from directing and screenwriting to on-screen acting or post production.

Our focus is on one-year intensives, so you can get the skills you need in a short time and move directly into the industry.


Documentary Directing

Camera Audio and Lighting

Production Management


On-screen Acting

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Supplying work-ready graduates to the film and television industry for over 27 years, this intense practical course covers drama directing and scriptwriting,...

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If acting is your passion, this two year diploma offers you rigorous actor training - helping you carve a sustainable lifelong acting career.

Considering studying at South Seas? Then try one of our short courses! 

We’ve created these introductory courses as a way to allow students to test their skills in their chosen areas. The full-time programmes are exclusive, and completing an introductory course can be an excellent way of getting your foot in the door.


Tour the studio

Set up like a real-life Hollywood-style studio, the South Seas Film School Campus is a 40,000 square foot production complex housing every piece of specialty equipment you could need to bring your ideas to life.

Focused around one-year intensives, your studies here replicate the rigours of the industry and you will graduate ready to hit the ground running.

About South Seas

Interested in kicking off your career?

Our brochure explores everything you need to know including an outline of study options, key information about enrolment, and all our campuses spread around New Zealand.

Following the Government announcement, New Zealand is moving to Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19. This means all our campuses will be shut to students from Tuesday 24 March 2020 for four weeks. We have invested in digital tools in order to stream the delivery of all of our programs and we foresee minimal disruption to our current and future students. Delivery of streamed online classes begins on the 6th April. Please go to our parent company, UP Education for further information