Take your creativity to the world
Realise your vision in interactive and digital media, and get ready for a career in the global cross-media world.
- Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
- 3 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students studying in NZ
In the Bachelor of Creative Media Production (BCMP) you will learn about industry-standard technologies across multiple media. You will gain experience in how to communicate ideas using animatics and storyboarding, including wireframing and mapping. You will learn about contemporary media and story-telling, and get to experiment with different modes of making like film, animation and coding.
In your second year you will explore your chosen medium in depth, deconstructing both how it operates and what it means. You will then advance your production skills with media production practices. You’ll learn about media business and the creative economy, and how to evaluate and develop ideas for the marketplace.
In your final year you will have the chance to develop a year-long cross-media creative project. Your student-led team will work with industry mentors on a real-life client project, through the key stages of planning, pre-production, production and post-production.
Learn from industry professionals
BCMP is taught by people who know the industry, including former staff of Weta Digital, Weta Workshop, Park Road Post, TVNZ and the BBC.
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Careers and further study
The twenty-first century is all about cross-media and change. Games, apps, web, film, video, animation, VFX, audio – they are morphing rapidly. The Bachelor of Creative Media Production sets you up for the new world. With your industry experience, critical grounding and practical know-how, you’ll hit the ground running when you graduate. You’ll have the flexibility to push the boundaries, re-inventing your craft and your media many times over the course of your career.
BCMP prepares students to enter creative media production jobs across the screen industry.
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
There are no specific entry requirements for the Bachelor of Creative Media Production other than those required to study at university.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
- English Language Proficiency
- Foundation Certificate in Academic English
- Foundation Certificate in Advanced Academic English
- Full Foundation - Certificate in Foundation Studies
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Courses and planning
285 credits (at least)
From the Schedule to the Degree:
Elective courses including at least 15 credits at 200 level
Ensure across your courses you also have:
- Not more than 150 credits at 100 level
- At least 90 credits at 200 level
- At least 105 credits at 300 level
- Not more than 30 credits from Special Topic courses
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
Courses for this programme
|289100||Introduction to Creative Media Production||15|
|289206||Media Production Development||15|
|289221||Portfolio and Dissemination||15|
|289302||Major Project Innovation Lab||15|
|289303||Major Project Pre-production||15|
|289306||Major Project Production||45|
|289307||Critical Response and Reflection||15|
15 credits from
|289120||Working with Scripted Material||15|
|289220||Working with Scripted Material||15|
Core course from 2021
|133257||Philosophical Perspectives on Creative Practice||15|
Compulsory course selection 100 level
|289101||Introduction to Web Development||15|
|289102||Visualisation for Media Production||15|
|289103||Introduction to Computer Animation||15|
|289104||Introduction to Visual Effects||15|
|289105||Introduction to Digital Video Production||15|
|289106||Introduction to Game Technologies and Mechanics||15|
|289107||Introduction to Audio Production and Sound Design||15|
|289108||Introduction to Animatronics and Modelling||15|
|289110||Introduction to Time-based Editing||15|
|289111||Introduction to 3D Modelling and Texturing||15|
|289112||Introduction to Scripted Film and Video Production||15|
|289113||Introduction to Prototyping for Creative Technologies||15|
|289114||Intro to Programming for Interactive Projects||15|
|289115||Introduction to Producing and Directing||15|
Compulsory course selection 200 level
|289208||Computer Animation Production||15|
|289209||Visual Effects Production||15|
|289210||Game Technologies Project||15|
|289211||Video and Sound Production||15|
|289212||Web and Interactive Production||15|
|289215||Applied Producing and Directing||15|
Compulsory course selection 300 level
|289308||Advanced Computer Animation Practice||15|
|289309||Advanced VFX Practice||15|
|289310||Advanced Game Practice||15|
|289311||Advanced Video and Sound Practice||15|
|289312||Advanced Creative Technologies||15|
|289315||Advanced Producing and Directing||15|
|289190||Creative Media Production Special Topic 1a||15|
|289191||Creative Media Production Special Topic 1b||15|
|289192||Creative Media Production Special Topic 1c||15|
|289202||Media Innovation and Creativity||15|
|289290||Creative Media Production Special Topic 2a||15|
|289291||Creative Media Production Special Topic 2b||15|
|289390||Creative Media Production Special Topic 3a||15|
Up to 75 credits from any other courses in the University.
Planning your programme
If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.
If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.
Core studio courses
Studio is where you will learn and hone your creative media production skills. At 100-level, you must take two per semester, but you can take three (one would count as an elective).
Each semester you must also do one core course that teaches you to think critically about what you do. These courses provide essential grounding for a career in a fast-changing media landscape
There is no major in this programme however you will choose to study one of the following pathways:
- film and television
- game development
- creative technologies
- producing and directing.
In the third year, you will take a major production for a client through all its stages, from innovation lab to pre-production to production to post-production.
For more information regarding the pathways and which courses to take please discuss with an academic advisor. Contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
More information: ‘Yellow Book’.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
A good fit if you:
- want to work hands-on with projects across a range of screen and digital media
- want to benefit from the college’s extensive industry connections
- want to master industry-standard production facilities.
Accreditations and rankings
Massey University's College of Creative Arts is ranked as one of the Top 100 art and design schools in the world by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).
Key information for students
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
Enrolling in courses
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
The Bachelor of Creative Media Production programme has space for up to 75 credits worth of courses of your choice, known as electives. In the first year, you can select from any of the 100-level electives from the College of Creative Arts, as well as a range of courses from business, humanities and social science.
More information: ‘Yellow Book’.
Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Scholarships and awards
Scholarships related to this programme
- Creative Media Production Scholarship
- School of Music and Creative Media Production Māori Scholarship
- School of Music and Creative Media Production Pasifika Scholarship
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.