Creative Filmmaking

The University of Waikato has made the difficult decision to cancel the June-July 2020 Creative Filmmaking programme due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to see you in 2021!

This innovative programme, designed for students interested in the film and TV industry, will challenge your creativity and develop your practical skills through a hands-on filmmaking course.

TV Studio
The Television Studio at The University of Waikato. Film students will use this facility on a regular basis to experiment with lighting, sound and imagery.

Dates: June 6 - July 2, 2021 dates tbc

Cost: NZ$7,450 
approx US$4,700/€4,300

Credit: 15 points
(3-4 US credits; 7.5 ECTS)

Course Code: MEDIA206

Applications Due: 1 April 2021

What's Included
  • Tuition (MEDIA206)
  • Overnight trip to Wellington with a visit to award-winning Weta Workshop
  • Free access to film production gear, cameras, lighting, and sound equipment
  • Accomodation (Homestay or Residence Hall)
  • All meals (except Wellington trip)
  • Airport pickup
  • Insurance
  • Official transcript
  • Hike and natural hot springs trip
  • Trip to Hobbiton

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This short programme will be delivered through a mixture of learning in the classroom, filming in the television studio, editing in computer labs, and have hands-on use of film production equipment.

You will work in an intensive creative environment, where you will collaborate with your team to produce professional short films. You will dive into using cameras, lighting, and sound equipment to create a series of progressively complex and independent short films.

You will cover the chronological aspects of moving image production: pre-production, production, and post-production, including learning and using the professional editing tool Adobe Premier Pro.

The highlight of the programme is the creation of a professionally produced short film that will strengthen your portfolio and and develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in film production.

Trips and Activities

Weta Workshop

Experience the many aspects of Weta Workshop, a world-class artistic and technical talent in the film industry. You will be shown where house props, costumes, creatures, and vehicles are created. You will learn how Weta Workshop designs and manufactures the practical elements for films such as The Lord of the Rings. You will get to explore behind the scenes areas and learn how the best in the industry operate.

Wellington - New Zealand’s Capital City

Explore the compact harbour city of Wellington. Stroll the waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, and many shopping streets. Explore the beautiful Wellington Botanic Gardens and wander through the world-class Te Papa Museum. You will get to experience the strong winds through the Cook Straight, giving Wellington its nickname “Windy Welly”.


Hobbiton is a magical place that excites all visitors, whether you’re a Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fan or not. Hobbiton is the filming location for the famous town “The Shire” where the Hobbits reside when they’re not out on an adventure. Located on a picturesque private farm just outside Hamilton, you will visit the sets built for the films and finish the tour with a locally created beverage at the Green Dragon Inn.

Hike and Natural Hot Springs

Experience the true New Zealand adventure of hiking in native bush. Witness stunning scenery and vibrant bird life, in our unique ecosystem which has no native land mammals (or snakes!). The hike will be followed by a well deserved visit to a natural hot spring.

Noho Marae (optional)

A cultural experience not to be missed. You will be welcomed onto a local marae (Māori meeting grounds), with a pōwhiri (welcome) and an overnight stay in the wharenui (house). You will get to take part in cultural activities and eat a traditional hāngi during this unique and special experience.


  1. Pre-production
  2. Production
  3. Post-production
  4. Use of camera, sound and lighting
  5. Audio-visual digital editing
  6. Mise-en-scène
  7. Television studio operation

Learning Outcomes

  1. Operate a range of technical equipment and software including aspects of a television studio, HD digital camera, audio and lighting equipment, and editing software
  2. Learn to work as a team within both the television studio and short film projects in established roles
  3. Develop experience working with images and sound to produce a variety of narrative and non-narrative projects
  4. Begin to develop an awareness of working with costumes, make-up and props as important elements of a performative story-telling environment
  5. Experience alternative approaches to story-telling in both a controlled studio environment and short film practices driven by the utilization of digital audio-visual technologies
  6. Experience the requirements of a simulated professional production environment while engaging with critical reflective feedback.


Develop a practical understanding of technical requirements and processes inherent to (digital) audio-visual production

Acquire new production skills and apply methods and techniques learned to create audio-visual works

Recognise the influence of audio-visual narrative conventions and how they are applied in fulfillment of the grammar of filmmaking

Collaborate and communicate effectively and respectfully with peers to support a critical process attached to refining and developing work

Develop the skills necessary to pursue film production at industry level.

Cost: NZ$7,450  
approximately US$4,700/€4,300

Please note: Full payment for the Creative Filmmaking Programme is due 1 May.

Cancellation Policy -  Short Programme (Creative Filmmaking)

  • Students who withdraw up until the end of May 30, will receive a 100% refund of the programme fee less a $500 Administration Fee.
  • Students who withdraw between 31 May, and 14 June 2021, will receive a refund of the tuition and student services levy fee only, less a $500 Administration Fee.
  • No refunds will be issued from 15 June.
Film Students
Students working together to use a camera.


Week OneWeek Three
This week you will be introduced to the components of film production, including continuity, editing, lighting, sound design and mise-en-scène. At the end of the week you will demonstrate your knowledge of basic film production through your 2-3 minute film, with the main focus being continuity.You will primarily work in the on-campus television studio and discuss the key roles and technical aspects required to work in this space. You will write a scene, followed immediately by live directing and editing that scene. Professionalism and communication will be key to succeeding!
Week TwoWeek Four
You will experiment with different film practices and examine various editing styles. You will be challenged to think creatively and enhance your production skills to produce your next short film. Your film will need to break the rules of what you learned in week one, particularly with editing, visualisation and narrative.You will work together to produce your final short film, using all of the skills and knowledge gained from the previous three weeks. With the learnings through this programme, our students will be equipped to produce a caliber of work and final film to a standard high enough to enter into an international short film festival.

Students will have structured classes, workshops and television studio time each weekday morning. The afternoons will be free for the students to work on their weekly film projects. Each Friday morning, students will showcase their short film creations.


Accommodation is included in programme; you do not need to apply for accommodation separately. In the application, you will be asked to select your housing preference.  We will endeavor to place you in your chosen accommodation, however placements will be made based on availability. Please see the two options below:

Contact Us

Study Abroad and Exchange - International Office
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +64 7 837 9405

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