Bachelor of Screen Arts - Invercargill

Qualification: Degree
Level: 7
Dates:

10 February to 6 November 2020

Duration:

Three years full-time,

part time study is available.

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 360

The Bachelor of Screen Arts is a three-year programme that allows you to express your creativity using the latest digital technology.

Besides a few core papers you can choose to specialise in one of our four majors:

  • Animation
  • Film
  • Digital Content Creation
  • Digital Fashion Technology

This course will develop your creativity and technical abilities that are well sought after in this rapidly changing industry. You will be encouraged to develop individual projects which have distinctive conceptual, aesthetic and technical outcomes.  Outcomes can include the production of digital films, video or sound installations, fashion, interactive works and animation projects.

In ten years’ time, the technology we use today will be obsolete, however skills in storytelling, character development, research and critical thinking, are enduring, irrespective of future technology.

  • Enjoy a productive and supportive creative learning environment
  • Make the most of industry standard cameras, computers and specific software.
  • Receive specialist advice and guidance from our dedicated and qualified staff. 
  • Get the opportunity to work with production companies in Queenstown and Dunedin.

A very high percentage of our graduates are now employed in the industry, both in New Zealand and overseas.

Year 1 Core Papers                                    

BVA503 Research-Led Industry Practice 1

BVA542 Studio Digital Media 1

Animation Strand                                       

BSA506 Screen Arts 1

BSA524 Stop-Motion Animation

BSA525 Storyboarding for Animation

BSA526 Principles of Animation

BSA527 2D Animation

BVA515 Studio Drawing 1

Film Strand                                                 

BSA501 Introduction to Filmmaking

BSA504 Screenwriting 1

BSA505 Film Editing

BSA506 Screen Arts 1

BSA531 Digital Filmmaking 1

BSA533 Pre-Production Techniques

 

Digital Content Creation Strand                          

BSA532 Studio Photography 1

BSA501 Introduction to Filmmaking

BSA525 Storyboarding for Animation

BSA505 Film Editing

BSA507 Transmedia 1

BSA515 Studio Drawing 1

 

Digital Fashion Technology Strand                    

BSA532 Studio Photography 1

BSA508 Introduction to Supply Chain Management

BSA509 Introduction to Computer Aided Design

BSA507 Transmedia 1

BSA515 Studio Drawing 1

 

Year 2 Core Papers                                    

BVA603 Research-Led Industry Practice 2

 

Animation Strand                                       

BSA602 Audio Techniques

BSA606 Screen Arts 2

BSA625 3D Animation

BSA626 3D Character Animation

BVA615 Studio Drawing 2

 

Elective chose one of:                             

BSA627 Visual Effects Compositing

BSA628 Gaming Art & Design 1

 

Film Strand                                                 

BSA602 Audio Techniques

BSA604 Screenwriting 2

BSA606 Screen Arts 2

BSA631 Digital Filmmaking 2

BSA634 Cinematography

BSA627 Visual Effects Compositing

 

Digital Content Creation Strand                          

BSA642 Studio Digital 2

BSA632 Studio Photography 2

BSA615 Studio Drawing 2

BSA627 Visual Effects Compositing

BSA607 Transmedia 2

BSA604 Content Creation

 

Digital Fashion Technology Strand                    

BSA642 Studio Digital 2

BSA632 Studio Photography 2

BSA615 Studio Drawing 2

BSA604 Content Creation

BSA607 Transmedia 2

BSA609 Computer Aided Design

 

Year 3 Core Papers                                    

BVA703 Research-Led Industry Practice 3

BSA725 Project Management

 

Animation Strand                                       

BSA706 Screen Arts 3

BSA724 Animation Project

 

Film Strand                                                 

BSA706 Screen Arts 3

BSA731 Digital Filmmaking 3

 

Digital Content Creation Strand                          

BSA727 Studio Project

BSA707 Transmedia 3

 

Digital Fashion Technology Strand                    

BSA727 Studio Project

 

Electives (choose one)        

BSA715 Studio Drawing 3

BSA707 Transmedia 3

                                                                   

*Elective papers may be taken from a degree other than SIT Bachelor of Screen Arts

***Prerequisites may apply to elective papers.

 

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2020 direct material costs of just $1710 (Y1), $1710 (Y2) and $1998 (Y3) (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

When you complete the programme you will have the broad range of skills necessary for an industry that increasingly asks for people with a multidisciplinary approach. Depending on the specialisation chosen, you will be able to look for work in areas as diverse as video editing, screenwriting, directing, as well as other film/television production roles or numerous roles within the 3D animation, 2D animation and motion graphics industries.  The real strength of the programme is that graduates will have had some experience in many of these areas, a quality that will become increasingly important as technologies converge.

The third year of the programme features a major project. For film students this may be a short film, while animation students will complete a major animation project of a similar scale and complexity

SIT often collaborates with industry. An example of this was the Disney film 'Pete's Dragon' and the 'Goodbye Pork Pie" remake, where SIT had several student interns working, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the film industry.

School Leavers

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3 - three subjects at Level 3, made up of:

14 credits each, in three NZQA University Entrance approved subjects, and

Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of five credits in reading and five credits in writing, and

Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or a package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)

Mature Applicants

Be at least 20 years of age when the programme begins and provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other experience; or completion of an external or overseas qualification which is considered to be the equivalent of any of the above qualifications, as approved by the Head of Faculty.

Special Admission

Notwithstanding the above admissions categories, in exceptional circumstances, an applicant below the age of 20 who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programme 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.

An applicant who does not meet academic criteria, may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more Year One papers, provided he or she meets the requirements above. Upon successful completion of the papers, the student may apply for special admission or admission by mature entry.

Additional Criteria - Portfolio Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of their work with their application as follows:

Animation major:

  • Portfolio: examples of free-hand drawing (x10)
  • Elective portfolio/show reel: examples (images) of your latest artwork, (anything from painting to animation). We also look for potential in drawing and the ability to adapt between traditional methods and computer based work.
  • Prior Learning: evidence of prior learning e.g. academic transcripts.
  • Statement: hand written statement, one A4 page outlining your interests and goals within the programme (e.g. why are you choosing animation as a career?).
  • Referees: contact details for two people who know you well e.g. teacher or employer.
  • Interview: a time will be arranged for you to meet with the programme manager or appropriate staff member following the assessment of your application.
  • Innovation and Imagination: We are also looking for maturity, originality and the ability to develop interesting and engaging storytelling.

Film major:

  • * 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.
    * Prior Learning: evidence of prior learning e.g. academic transcripts.
    * 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: contact details for two people who know you well e.g. teacher or employer.
    * Interview: a time will be arranged for you to meet with the programme manager or appropriate staff member following the assessment of your application.
    * Innovation & Imagination: We are also looking for maturity, originality and the ability to develop interesting, imaginative and engaging storytelling.
    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.
  • Prior learning: evidence of prior learning e.g. academic transcripts.
  • Statement: hand written statement - one A4 page outlining your interests and goals within the programme (e.g. why are you choosing film as a career?)
  • Referees: contact details for two people who know you well e.g. teacher or employer.
  • Interview: a time will be arranged for you to meet with the programme manager or appropriate staff member following the assessment of your application.
  • Innovation & imagination: We are also looking for maturity, originality and the ability to develop interesting, imaginative and engaging storytelling.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, 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

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English, or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL), or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction, or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction, 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 two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment:


IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current.

In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Screen Arts the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the schedule of papers (360 credits).

The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 360 credits for successful completion of the degree.

  • Every candidate is required to pass 120 credits at Year One.
  • Every candidate is required to pass 120 credits at Year Two.
  • Every candidate is required to pass 120 credits at Year Three.

Individual papers may have specific pre-requisites or other knowledge/skill requirements, which must be satisfied by all students.

In

Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm at SIT's Downtown Campus (Don St, Invercargill).

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