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 produce high definition video, broadcast and electronic multimedia to professional publishing standards.

Study Options



1 year


Level 5

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Do You Want a Career in the Film Industry?

The New Zealand screen industry is looking for people who have a core working knowledge of each of the main areas in the industry. This course offers each student the hands on experience to gain that knowledge. From day one the students are operating the camera gear, working on each other’s productions and developing a well rounded professional work ethic essential for a successful career in screen.

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

The one year diploma gives the students a solid grounding which leads into a second year of screen production offered at EIT as part of the Bachelor of Creative Practice.


The programme has been designed to give students as much “hands on” experience with 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.

The staff maintain regular contact with the local and national screen industry as well as the broader Hawke’s Bay community and wherever possible invite guest lecturers from the screen industry to speak with the students. The Screen staff value their partnership with students and aim to provide a quality practical education in a supportive environment encouraging personal and professional development.

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your option to study filmmaking and film production at EIT. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay campus, or simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And, you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

You will gain a solid and broad introduction and understanding of the different aspects of the screen industry which will prepare you for employment, or to go on to further study. The depth of the course allows students to look at opportunities in working in film, television, web and non-broadcast media. Although the initial industry roles offered maybe at a lower level we aim to give you the skills to build your career in the area of your choice whether that be camera, sound, editing, directing, producing or another specialised field.

  • Film and TV work
  • Independent Producer
  • Multimedia development work


There is one entry date per year:

  • Mid February


Entry requirements

International entry requirements


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.