Diploma in Film and TV Production




  • Wellington

    Feb 12 - Dec 13, 2024

  • Christchurch

    Feb 12 - Dec 13, 2024

  • South Seas Film School

    Feb 12 - Dec 13, 2024

    • Credits:


    • Method:


    • Delivery:

      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.

And now due to popular demand, this diploma will be launching in our Wellington and Christchurch campuses in February 2022.

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.


Experienced Tutors
Learn from industry professionals who have worked on many screen productions.

Hands-on Learning
Learning through practical projects. Plus, great tutor support and small class sizes.

Up-to-date Learning
Our course content is reviewed every year to remain cutting-edge and relevant.


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.

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: $20,500 (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.

Entry Requirements

We recognise that this year has been tough for students, especially if you’re moving on from High School. Because of this we are offering Discretionary Admission to students who have missed out on credits, so you don’t need to have University Entrance or NCEA Level 3 to be accepted into this programme. You will need to show you have your literacy and numeracy credits at Level 1, and at least your Level 2 NCEA certificate. A support letter from your school is also beneficial but not essential.  Please speak to our Student Recruitment Advisors for more information.

Then usually you would need...

Applicants must:

  • Complete the course application form and written requirements as well as undergo a formal interview and submit a portfolio.
  • Have basic computer skills, although a good skill-base would be an advantage.
  • International students must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Domestic students must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Students with English as a second language require English language skills equivalent to IELTS (Academic) level 6.


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:

Production Management

You love being in the middle of the action, with everyone depending on you. You revel in relationships, knowing what people do best and how to get it out of them. You see the big picture. You see the global marketplace, the audience, the future. There are various career paths in the production of Film & Television, from assistant to executive. Work your way up. Rethink the rules. Redefine the industry.

Directing & Screenwriting

You are full of ideas. Your enthusiasm is contagious. You can imagine things that don’t yet exist – they are as real as the chair you’re sitting on. A natural self-starter, your inborn motivation doesn’t need annual bonuses or company retreats. You’re willing the take the road less travelled to follow your dreams. Directing and scriptwriting is never a risk-free, calculated career choice – it’s a choice you just have to make. But never fear, the skills you gain will open up many opportunities. There is an on-going need for storytellers across all mediums.

Documentary Directing

You see stories all around you. You’re attuned to what goes on in your neighbourhood – and the world. You see cinematic potential in things others ignore. You make visible what would otherwise go unnoticed. You make sense of what would otherwise be chaotic. You are a change maker. Documentary Directing is a gateway to a world of possibilities. You can do a lot on a low budget, so many choose to carve out their own career.

Camera, Lighting & Audio

Your interest in technology is only rivalled by your creativity in using it. You are fearless. You’re a team player who knows what it means to pull your weight. You enjoy action and are able to learn on your feet. Camera, lighting and audio are rapidly changing areas of Film and TV production. They are also the most action-packed and game-changing. Forget spacing out in the office. Forget routine. Never be bored again.

Post Production

One part nerd, one part artist – you think in sounds and images. You may not know what the weather is like outside, but you know how to craft a story out of anything. You are the lifeline of the director, the unsung hero of Film & Television. Post-production offers access to a wide variety of roles: from storytelling to grading, possibilities are endless – and you can be in the frontline.

Want to Know More?

Go on, ask us anything. A student advisor will be in touch to help find the best fit for you.


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.