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Bachelor of Film Arts


Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Film Arts is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the film and television industries.

The programme is highly practical, involving hands-on experience right from the start, and workplace scenarios where you will learn technical and operative skills, project workflow and management, research skills, documentation and communication with clients and other industry professionals.  The degree provides the opportunity to collaborate with student audio practitioners in a unique interdisciplinary creative hub, and culminates in individualised capstone creative projects.

You will meet high profile creative industry professionals up close in small workshops and seminars who give an insight into their perspectives, knowledge and experience.  As well as focussing on further development of film production skills, the programme includes relevant aspects of cultural studies, business management and legal matters.

This degree opens the way to the highest levels of academic education (Master's and PhD).

Who should take this programme?

  • Diploma graduates interested in enhancing their creative production skills
  • Those seeking to broaden their engagement with the wider creative industries
  • Individuals with previous industry experience wishing to expand their scope of business practice
  • Those wishing to pursue academic/research based careers

NZQA Accredited (PC2833)

  • Auckland


Skills and Capabilities

  • The ability to analyse and generate solutions to unfamiliar and complex problems and issues related to key stages of film production
  • The ability to effectively apply an advanced level of generic skills in a range of production activities such as screenwriting, storyboarding pre-production planning and scheduling, production assisting, directing, camera operation, sound recording, lighting, editing vision and sound, computer generated imaging, 3D animation and special effects
  • The ability to effectively apply specialist skills in specific areas of film production at an advanced level
  • The ability to take responsibility and show leadership in all areas of film production in addressing and solving complex film production problems and issues
  • An understanding of the key pre-production, production and post-production roles, processes and activities, and the ability to apply this understanding effectively to a range of creative and technical situations
  • The ability to effectively utilize a range of production equipment, techniques and technology to achieve a range of complex and challenging creative goals
  • The ability to plan and execute complex tasks either as an individual or part of a team
  • The ability to adapt to and utilize new concepts, equipment and technology
  • A capacity for critical, conceptual and reflective thinking
  • A capacity for creativity and originality
  • The ability to apply research skills and critical thinking to specific problems and issues 


  • Camera Operator
  • Film Editor
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Scriptwriter
  • Videographer
  • Visual Designer
  • 2D or 3D Animator
  • Film Producer
  • Film Post Production Engineer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Performer/Actor
  • Advertising/Marketing/Promotions
  • Film Critic
  • Creative entrepreneur
  • Film Director
  • Line Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Film Distributor
  • Film Exhibition
  • Film Publicist
  • Sales Agent
  • Event Manager
  • Film Lecturer
  • Media Researcher
  • Media Policy Analyst

…and a ton of jobs within our burgeoning film and television industry with creative organisations like the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air, Film NZ, a range of television production houses and so forth.


Bachelor of Film Arts
Industry Perspectives, Issues, and Research Techniques
Cultural Perspectives
Business and Legal Studies
Advanced Filmmaking Techniques
Research Project
Industry Perspectives, Issues, and Research Techniques
Cultural Perspectives
Business and Legal Studies
Advanced Filmmaking Techniques
Research Project

Key facts


    2 Years Full Time (on completion of the Diploma in Film Making)


    Jan 2018


    Enrol By: 29 Sep 2017

    Start Date: 29 Jan 2018

    End Date: 13 Dec 2019



Entry requirements

Minimum Age

Students must be 17 years of age or older.

Academic Requirements

Students must have successfully completed diploma level studies in the same discipline.

Students who do not have NCEA Level 3, or equivalent, will have additional requirements discussed during the entrance interview.

English Language Requirements

Students must have a good command of both oral and written English.

Students who do not speak English as the first language, current International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a band score of at least 6, or equivalent must be supplied.

Entrance Interview

Students will be required to attend an entrance interview.

Fees and Payments




Total Fees



Programme fees may be paid by Student Loan or Direct Credit and must be paid in full prior to the start of the course.