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Diploma in Film Making


Programme Overview

The Diploma in Film Making focuses on intensive practical training in all aspects of film and television production.  State of the art equipment and studio facilities (including green screen and editing suites) enable the production of compelling creative film content and development of comprehensive technical skills.

Who should take this programme?

  • Enthusiasts and hobby film makers wishing to transition their personal film and television interests into an exciting career
  • Those wanting to become professional on-set technical crew
  • Experienced individuals wanting to stay competitive in a rapidly developing professional industry
  • Story-tellers and content creators wishing to develop practical film making skills


1 May 2018

This programme receives funding from TEC and is NZQA approved, therefore is eligible for the 'Fees Free' scheme.  To determine your eligibility, visit feesfree.govt.nz

NZQA Accredited (PC9573)

  • Auckland


Skills and Outcomes

  • Develop storylines and treatments
  • Plan and shoot a wide range of content
  • Integrate live-action footage and elements of 3D annimation
  • Manage media assets
  • Create titles and credits for screen productions
  • Collaborate in a creative process
  • Ensure a safe workplace
  • Record sound on location
  • Apply special effects


Career Options

  • Camera Operator
  • Video Editor
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Scriptwriter
  • Videographer
  • Visual Designer
  • 2D or 3D Animator
  • Video Producer
  • Video Post Production Engineer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Performer/Actor
  • Advertising/Marketing/Promotions


Diploma in Film Making
Computing and Media
Visual Technologies
Multimedia Studies for Film
Film Making and Theory Studies
Film Studio Equipment
3D and Compositing
Advanced Film Studio Studies
Computing and Media
Visual Technologies
Multimedia Studies for Film
Film Making and Theory Studies
Film Studio Equipment
3D and Compositing
Advanced Film Studio Studies



What do I need to get in?

The entry criteria for this qualification is outlined on the KIS info tab.

How many intakes are there per year?

The Diploma in Film Making runs two times per year, with intakes starting in January and May. Occasionally we also offer a September intake depending on demand.

When is the next intake for the Diploma in Film Making?

The next intake starts on the 15th January 2018. Apply now to secure your spot!

If I undertook a Diploma of Film Making as the first year of my degree, and then choose to continue for two more years and study the Bachelor of Film Arts, what happens to my original Diploma qualification?

If you undertake the degree, that Level 7 Bachelor qualification supersedes the Level 5 Diploma qualification. Once you successfully complete your degree, the Bachelor of Film Arts is the qualification that we would record next to your name in our records.

How much are the student fees for this programme?

The Diploma in Film Making is approx. $11,218 for domestic students, and $24,192 for international students.

Why is this figure slightly different from the fee under the KIS info page?

The KIS info page links to the Ministry website and is an estimate based on averaging recent enrolments including students who may have studied part time. The fees above are the full figure for enrolling in all the courses that make up the Diploma in Film Making.

Is there an administration fee?

Yes. The administration fee is $500. This can be paid as part of your StudyLink loan. The administration fee is non-refundable.

Can I pay for the fees via StudyLink?

Yes, both the administration fee and tuition fees can be paid by StudyLink.

Beyond the tuition fees, are there any additional costs?

Everything you need to complete the programme is included within your fee. However, you may want to allow for costs associated with personal items such as stationery. You may also choose to pay for additional equipment etc, but this is not a requirement.

When do I need to pay the tuition fees?

You should pay fees before the commencement of your programme. Fees for multi-year programmes are paid annually.

Can I study part-time?

Most students study full time with us, but it is possible. If you are keen, get in touch to talk through options.

What if I enrol, and then change my mind?

It's important that you choose the right programme. We appreciate however that you may not know until you start. So, you have the first 8 days (for domestic students) or 10 working days (for international students) to decide. This is referred to as the Census Date. If you choose to withdrawal before Census Date, you will be refunded your fees.

What if I change my mind after the first 8-10 days?

If you choose to withdrawal after census date, you will not be refunded any fees and your academic transcript will show as 'unsuccessful completion'.

Are there any implications of withdrawing after census date for future study?

Potentially yes. Having a 'unsuccessful completion' on your academic record can jeopardize future enrolment opportunities at both SAE and other tertiary institutions. It can also jeopardize your ability to access StudyLink support for future study.

What if I fall behind for a legitimate reason, such as being unwell?

SAE offers fantastic Student Support to help you catch up. We are as keen to see you succeed as you are!

How do I apply?

Email us at auckland@sae.edu and we'll send you an application form.

I'm still unsure, can I come in, have a look around, and chat with one of the staff?

Of course! Complete an inquiry form and we'll line up a campus tour for you.

Key Info

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements

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

In Employment

In further study

On a benefit

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

Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.