Otago Polytechnic

Certificate in Film and Television (Level 4)


Dunedin (Cumberland Street Campus - see map)

One year full-time

On campus (360 Cumberland Street)

until start date
Please note: This programme will not run under this name in 2019 (due to a national review of qualifications that NZQA are currently conducting across all tertiary institutions). It will be replaced by the New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)* - more info available soon! 

This practical programme adopts a multi-skilled approach to today’s fast moving world of broadcast television.

You will learn both theory and technical skills related to film and television concepts and production.

We have strong professional links with TV production companies and use these links to give you real-world practical production experience. This involves producing several projects throughout your year of study, including short dramas, documentaries, news programmes, music videos and commercials.

The skills and knowledge gained can lead you into other media training programmes to enhance your opportunities for employment.

*subject to final approval

Career possibilities 
  • Junior positions in the film and television industry
What will this programme cover?
  • History of film and television
  • Media law
  • Safe operation of equipment
  • Non-linear editing
  • Camera operation and sound
  • Lighting
  • Writing, shooting and editing film sequences including music videos, current affairs and mini-docs
  • Write and produce a television commercial, short drama or documentary. 
Further study options 
  • Diploma and then degree studies in media (such as the Bachelor of Broadcasting Communication offered by CPIT)
Entry requirements 
  • We prefer that you have at least 36 NCEA credits at Level 2, made up of
    • at least 12 credits in each of three subjects.
  • Applications from mature students (over 20) are welcome.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study.

International students for whom English is not a first language, who come from countries with a visa decline rate of more than 20%

Domestic students for whom English is not a first language and international students from countries with a visa decline rate of less than 20%

View visa decline rates by country here.

If you don’t have the entry requirements above, talk to us about whether you have the equivalent skills and knowledge or to determine if this is the right programme for you. 

Please note: this programme is subject to minimum numbers.

Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate). 

Additional costs
  • SD cards class 10
  • 1TB external hard drive
  • 16GB USB
  • Monitoring headphones

Please Note: You are not required to purchase any equipment prior to the commencement of the programme. The equipment you will need will be discussed during the first week of the programme.

Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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