Course details

NZ Diploma in Screen Production [Level 5]
NZQF Level 5

About the course

Start your career in the film industry

The New Zealand screen industry is looking for enthusiastic, skilled people who have a core working knowledge of each of the main areas in the industry. This diploma offers you the hands-on experience to gain that knowledge. From the first day you are operating the equipment, working on each other’s productions and developing a well-rounded professional work ethic, including collaboration and time management skills – both essential for a successful career in screen.

During the diploma you will research, write, edit and direct a commercial, a short film and a mini documentary all of which will make up your individual E-portfolio.

The one year diploma gives you a solid base and stepping stone to further screen study at EIT in the Bachelor of Creative Practice.


This one year (34 week) project-based programme is designed for people wanting to gain craft skills and knowledge required to work in the screen industry. On this course you produce all your own work from conception to completion.

The programme has been designed to give you as much “hands-on” experience with professional camera, sound and editing equipment as practical. We primarily use state-of-the-art digital cameras for recording images then edit those images on non-linear digital editing systems, as used in the professional industry.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

You will gain a broad introduction, as well as secure a good understanding, of different aspects of the screen industry. This will prepare you for employment or enable you to go on to further Screen study in the Bachelor of Creative Practice. The depth of the course allows you to look at opportunities working in film, television, web and non-broadcast media. We aim to give you the skills to build your career in the area of your choice whether that be camera, sound, editing, directing, script writing, producing or another specialised field.

  • Film and TV work
  • Non-broadcast media
  • Multimedia development work
  • Research
  • Further your study pathway with the Bachelor of Creative Practice followed by postgraduate study

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairawhiti Campus

About the provider

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers you over 160 qualifications from certificate and diploma, to degree and postgraduate level at campuses in Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Auckland. Or learn at one of our Regional Learning Centres situated in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Waipukurau and Wairoa. EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas for study on warm days. EIT Tairāwhiti two campuses are located in the heart of Gisborne, near the Taruheru River, and you can get more central than EIT Auckland location on Queen Street! When you choose to study at EIT you'll get the kind of experiences that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to get ahead, whether you want to break into your chosen career or change direction in life.