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New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 5
Dates:

Intake 1: 04 February 2019 to 31 May 2019 - Applications Close 14 January 2019

Intake 2: 01 April 2019 to 26 July 2019 - Applications Close 11 March 2019

Intake 3: 17 June 2019 to 11 October 2019 - Applications Close 27 May 2019

Intake 4: 12 August 2019 to 06 December 2019 - Applications Close 22 July 2019

Duration:

One year full-time

Up to four years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 120

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply creative and technical processes across a range of capture, manipulation and delivery methods/platforms to  screen productions
  • Analyse storytelling and its relationship to audience in screen productions
  • Apply relevant screen production business practices to screen production processes
  • Collaborate with team members using appropriate communication skills to realise a range of screen productions
  • Apply practical and problem solving skills to a range of screen production processes
  • Research and analyse the social, economic, cultural and historical conditions relevant to the screen production industry to inform screen production practice
  • Apply an understanding of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and workplace safety culture in order to work safely and meet responsibilities in screen production industries

DSP501 Introduction to Screen Production (15 credits)

DSP502 Screenwriting (15 credits)

DSP503 Editing for Screen (15 credits)

DSP504 Screen Culture and Context (15 credits)

DSP505 Screen Business Practices (15 credits)

DSP506 Pre-Production Planning (15 credits)

DSP507 Screen Production Practices (15 credits)

DSP508 Practical Screen Production (15 credits)

 

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration cost of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ). 2018 Cost (NZ$) $7.00 per credit + admin cost $50.00 per application (e.g. $700.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

International Students $100.00 per credit

Payments must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.

Withdrawals & Transfers

  • Early withdrawals within the first week of the intake starting are entitled to a full refund of the Student Direct Material Costs but not the non-refundable administration cost of $50.
  • Withdrawals have to be requested within 75% of the intake, withdrawals after the early withdrawal date are not eligible for a refund.
  • Transfer requests have to be within the first two weeks of the intake starting and will incur a $50 transfer fee. Transfers can only occur to a subsequence intake within the same calendar year.

All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink. Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or www.studylink.govt.nz.

Graduates would be ideally suited to further study in related areas, or to pursue entry level career opportunities in the film or television industries.

School Leavers

All applicants should hold NCEA Level 2 or equivalent skills and knowledge, and demonstrate a keen interest in screen production, applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of their work with their application. 

 

Mature Applicants

Applicants of 20 years of age or over, at the time of programme entry, should demonstrate an interest and aptitude for screen production which demonstrate potential for success.  Examples may include completion of a programme of study at Level 2 or above in a related discipline and/ or employment in a related field for two or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate.  Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

 

Special Admission  

Notwithstanding the above admissions categories, in exceptional circumstances, a mature aged applicant who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programme (e.g. strong work experience/background as evidenced by CV, or referee attestations) may be considered for admission provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, which is deemed to prepare graduates for the required academic standard for entry.

 

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following 

 

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

 

Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or

 

Successful completion of a Bachelors’ Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be  from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or

 

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the preceding two years:

 

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination - FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162.  No less than 154 in each skill OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level   b) Current:
  • Level 4 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic) score of 42
  • City and Guilds IESOL - B2 Communicator with a score of 42
  • Language Cert B2 - Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS

 

An NZQA approved English Language proficiency test, where the student has achieved an  outcome that is equivalent or better than those  scores listed for Internationally recognised English language  proficiency tests above in relation to the  level of intended programme of study, or

 

Completion of all primary education and at least three years secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction, or

 

Completion of five years of secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction.  

 

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, 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 that they:

 

  • Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements, or
  • Have successfully completed a Bachelor‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or
  • Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA, or
  • Have achieved the required score and with all scores achieved in a single test in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years

Full time study

Full time study is completing four papers (60 credits) per intake. Full time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion.

Part time study

The number of credits selected per intake should depend on work, family, and other commitments.

Students should complete the papers numerical order, any requests to study papers out of order should be dirrcted to the programme manager. 

 

Additional information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover. 

Programme transfers / Cross Credits

Students who have previously studied DDF or DDP are able to cross credit a number of papers into the new DSP programme. These papers are DDF101, DDF104, DDF105, DDF110, and DDF131.

All students wishing to do so should note this on their DSP application form and/or contact the Programme Manager.

Cross credit forms can be found at:

http://www.sit.ac.nz/Students/Academic-Support

Equipment Requirements

  • Students entering the Diploma in Screen Production programme are required to have a prosumer video camera with manual controls, video-capable DSLR, or mirrorless camera with interchagable lenses. Consumer-level video cameras or sports video cameras are not acceptable. 
  • Either Final Cut Pro (any version) or Adobe Premiere Pro (CS5 or later) is required.
  • Either Microsoft Word or Apache OpenOffice is required.
  • Students, with the exception of those receiving course-related costs from StudyLink for equipment purchase, must have the required equipment and software prior to commencing the programme.

 

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive a Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance: During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only). All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study. Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2ndweek of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme. Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • I have completed and attached a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • I confirm I have sourced all of the equipment required for my selected papers.
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call 
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it); 
  • And you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • And you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV; 

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.


  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to sit2lrn@sit.ac.nz.

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5) full-time over one year or part-time over four years

Please Note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

For those wishing to pursue further study, SIT offers

Assessments for this programme typically include essays and practical assessments. There are no exams for this programme.

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