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

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 facts


    12 Months Full Time



    Enrol By: N/A

    Start Date: N/A

    End Date: N/A



Entry requirements


Proof of Identity

  • A copy of the student's valid photo ID must be provided.

General Academic Admission

  • Candidates are required to have gained a minimum of NCEA Level 2

Special Admission

  • Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Academic Manager or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introduction programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.  

Provisional Admission

  • Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the Academic Manager. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the Academic Manager.

English as an Additional Language Applicant requirement

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) applicants, including NZ Residents must meet standard NZQA minimum English Proficiency Outcomes for a diploma programme, i.e. for the academic version of IELTS they will require a score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5, or acceptable equivalent as per the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

An applicant must be a minimum of 17 years at the start date of the programme. Applicants aged less than 18 years old must apply with parental/guardian consent.  

All students are given the tutorial and pastoral support needed to satisfactorily engage with the academic and technical demands of the programme, and in particular students entering with the minimum qualification of NCEA Level 2.

All entry is at the discretion of the Academic Manager.


Fees and Payments

Registration Fee   $500
Programme Fee   $11,218
Total Fees   $11,718

Programme fees may be paid by Student Loan or Direct Credit and must be paid in full prior to the start of the course.