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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 Info

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements
Domestic students: 17 years of age, have SC/NCEA level 3 Mathematics and Science, a good command of oral and written English. International students: 18 years of age, have SC/NCEA level 3 equivalent qualifications, IELTS Academic Test Score of 6, hold a Study Visa.

3 Years
Tuition Fees
Total Qualification
Student Fees (What you pay)

Government Tuition Subsidy (What the government pays)


Student Loan Information

Student Success
Successful Course Completions

National Graduate Outcomes

(3 Years after Completion)

Median Earnings

Earnings range
$32,188 - $50,266

In Employment

In further study

On a benefit

Note:- All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.

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