NZ Diploma in Screen Production [Level 5]

Fancy your chances directing on the silver screen? When you study film at EIT you’ll gain the theoretical, operational and technical skills required to produce high definition video, broadcast and electronic multimedia to professional publishing standards.

Study Options



1 year


Level 5

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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


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements

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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EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.