1 year
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 10,678
NZD 16,000
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

Graduates will be able to use industry standard digital filmmaking software to create a digital video project. They can apply knowledge of sound, screenwriting and video editing techniques that meet film industry requirements. This programme leads graduates to further study or employment in the digital media sector. The specific aims of this programme are:

  • To provide a programme with specialist discipline areas that will promote and enhance the knowledge base, skills, and professionalism of creative media and digital film students.
  • To produce dedicated, professional practitioners who hold a qualification which is highly regarded by employers.
  • To prepare students for life-long learning, with the desire to constantly update their knowledge and skills within a changing work environment.
  • To stimulate students to develop an inquiring and analytical approach to problems and issues, and to encourage independent judgment and creative thinking.
  • To promote a wider understanding and appreciation of creative media and digital film.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry is open to degree graduates who have graduated successfully from a bachelor degree programme or can demonstrate equivalent, relevant, practical professional or educational experience in a related discipline.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must provide evidence of having successfully completed English instruction to a level deemed appropriate by the head of faculty. Evidence may include official transcripts and/or recognised English test results, such as IELTS and TOEFL.
  • IELTS 6.0, minimum 5.5 in all bands
  • The head of faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in the programme. All enrolments in the Graduate Diploma in Digital Media (Digital Filmmaking) are approved at the discretion of the Programme Manager in consultation with the Head of Faculty and teaching staff, as required.

Portfolio Requirements

  • Portfolio One: examples of films online e.g.  a playlist or collection on Youtube or Vimeo. This should showcase the applicant’s skills and experience in filming and editing regardless of whether a documentary, scripted or experimental approach is utilised.  
  • Portfolio Two:  Students should also submit at least 10 examples of photographic work that illustrates their photographic skills. We will be looking at both the technical and artistic ability in the photographs, everything from exposure through to composition of the submitted images. 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Prior Learning: This course is designed for applicants who have already worked in the industry and need to hone their skills or already have a degree in a related field (fine arts, graphic design, film, 2D animation, gaming etc).
  • Statement: hand written statement X 1 A4 page (outlining your interests and goals within the programme e.g. why are you choosing film as a career).
  • Referees: two specific references/testimonials from previous employers/lecturers who know you well and are able to recommend you for postgraduate study. Please include contact details.
  • Interview: a time will be arranged for you to meet with the programme manager or appropriate staff member following the assessment of your application.
  • Established Skills, Motivation & Passion: We are looking for a high level of skill, competency and motivation. Applicants must be proficient at self-driven research and analysis. This is a very intensive year suited to those who are committed to excelling in this exciting industry.