Bachelor of Screen Arts with Honours – BSA(Hons)

Preparing you for an exciting career in the fast-evolving world of the screen arts industry.

Type of qualification

Bachelor's degree with honours

Level of study

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is usually the first one you study.

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NZQF level 8

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

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Time to complete

4 years full-time (480 credits)
Up to 8 years part-time

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand

Study a Bachelor of Screen Arts with Honours – BSA(Hons)

The Bachelor of Screen Arts with Honours replaces the Bachelor of Creative Media Production and offers exciting new opportunities for Aotearoa New Zealand’s emerging screen artists.

Gain the skills and creativity to realise your vision across a wide range of screen-based specialisations. This four-year Honours qualification also has an exit point at third year for students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Screen Arts.

With an emphasis on production, you’ll take projects through development of initial concepts and narratives to a completed and distributable work. You’ll respond to briefs that combine creative studio practice, storytelling, professional practice and portfolio development, using industry-standard production facilities, studios and labs.

In your second and third years, you will explore your chosen medium in depth, exploring both how it operates and what it means to tell your stories in your way. 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 collaborative 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

BSA(Hons) 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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A BSA(Hons) is 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

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.  

English language requirements

To study this qualification 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:

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the qualification if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

If you complete this qualification within the stated time limit, you will normally be able to graduate with a class of Honours.

Look for further information under ‘Student Progression’ in the regulations for this qualification.

More information

  • Read the regulations for this qualification thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Returning students

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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Structure of the Bachelor of Screen Arts with Honours

The first year introduces you to the basic skills, technologies, professional practices and concepts needed to commence your learning as an emerging creative practitioner in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.

The second year develops these skills further, utilising the specialisation production courses as the place to embed learning around exercises and smaller, focused individual works, while the specialisation project courses function as the site where you will work together on production-based projects and where the works undertaken are of a more substantial scale than those in the production courses.

The third year continues to develop major specialisation skills and provides an opportunity for you to collaborate with fourth year students on honours projects while developing your own work within the production and project courses.

The fourth (honours) year provides you with the opportunity to focus on a more ambitious year long, research-informed creative project.

More information: Undergraduate Course Guide

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Courses
Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Credits
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Specialisations
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

480 credits

  • Compulsory core courses – 180 credits
  • Compulsory course selection – 45 credits
  • Major courses – 180 credits
  • Electives – 75 credits

Ensure that overall, you have:

  • Not more than 165 credits at 100 level
  • At least 90 credits at 200 level
  • At least 105 credits at 300 level
  • At least 120 credits at 700 level or above

Course planning key

Prerequisites
Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Schedule A: Core courses

Compulsory courses (Choose 180 credits from)

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Course code: 289100 Introduction to Screen Arts 15 credits

An introduction to the challenges and responsibilities facing a new practitioner of the production of screen arts in Aotearoa. Students will critically investigate screen practices and texts, gaining a greater understanding of their own values and processes as a creative practitioner.

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Course code: 289150 Professional Cultures 1 15 credits

An introduction to industry best practice for building a sustainable and healthy career in the field of screen arts. Students will also be supported in gaining communication and interpersonal skills and develop their personal growth and engagement in learning.

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Course code: 289200 Perspectives on Creative Practice 15 credits

Study a range of perspectives on the nature, purpose and value of creative work, exploring theoretical positions to develop cognitive tools for the analysis of practice and research. Students are enabled to develop strategies of collaboration and communication within group environments and to employ reflective and analytical approaches.

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Course code: 289205 Intermedia 15 credits

Students will work collaboratively with a range of production technologies to create examples of intermedia arts practices. Students work across disciplines integrating extant technologies and developing new technologically-focused practices in order to better understand how experimental electronic arts practices can integrate new and emerging media technologies.

Prerequisites: 75 credits from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 289240 Audio Production 15 credits

Gain a knowledge and understanding of industry standard tools for audio production. Students will also gain a creative and technical understanding of audio production processes and develop their knowledge and application of aesthetics and form.

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Course code: 289250 Professional Cultures 2 15 credits

Further industry best practice for building a sustainable and healthy career in the field of screen arts. Students will continue to be supported in developing their communication and interpersonal skills and strengthen personal and growth and engagement in learning at this level.

Prerequisites: 75 credits from College of Creative Arts including 289100 or 289120

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Course code: 289300 Advanced Critical Practice for Screen 15 credits

Develop an understanding of disciplinary specific theoretical and methodological frameworks relevant to creative practice. Through engagement with pertinent critical texts, students will become equipped with the intellectual tools for advanced critical exploration of their own work.

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Course code: 289323 Screen Production Development 15 credits

Students work in trans-disciplinary teams assisting in the production of 400 level projects. Students take on assistant production roles that support various scheduled production tasks, and reflect on the development of their own practice.

Prerequisites: 289303

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Course code: 289340 Studio and Location Audio 15 credits

Gain knowledge and understanding of audio production tools in the studio and on location. Students will also be introduced to working with interactive audio platforms and environments.

Prerequisites: 289.240 OR 289.107 OR (289.210 AND 289.211) or appraisal required

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Course code: 289350 Professional Cultures 3 15 credits

Develop professional skills in preparation for a career in the creative industries. Students will be supported in developing professional communication and presentation skills and to continue to strengthen personal growth and engagement in learning at this level.

Prerequisites: 1 of 289221 or 289250

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Course code: 289702 Screen Arts Critical Frameworks 15 credits

Students become competent in situating their work within research methodologies and principles to support their development as critically-informed creative practitioners. Students learn to frame and present their creative practice as research via the development of critical reflexive and analytical skills, and to engage in the development of a research proposal for their advanced production project.

Corequisites: 289701

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Course code: 289750 Professional Cultures 4 15 credits

Develop professional skills for working on large scale productions and showing leadership. Students will be further supported in portfolio development and preparing for employment or self-employment in the creative industries. Students will also be supported in developing professional communication and presentation skills and to continue to strengthen personal growth and engagement in learning at this level.

Prerequisites: 1 of 289306 or 289350

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45 credits from
Course code: 289102 Visualisation for Media Production 15 credits

Students develop visualisation and rendering techniques to enable them to give visual form to abstract ideas and concepts. These visualisations will be applied to a range of formats including storyboarding, concept visualisation and character development.

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Course code: 289103 Introduction to Animation 15 credits

An introduction to the principles and concepts of animation. Students will gain a creative and basic technical knowledge of the tools and techniques essential to the development and production of animation.

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Course code: 289104 Introduction to Visual Effects 15 credits

An introduction to the principles and concepts of visual effects. Students will gain a creative and basic technical knowledge of the tools and techniques essential to the production of visual effects.

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Course code: 289106 Introduction to Game Development 15 credits

An introduction to the principles and concepts of game development. Students will gain a creative and basic technical knowledge of the tools and techniques essential to the development and production of games.

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Course code: 289112 Introduction to Film Production 15 credits

An introduction to the principles and concepts of film production. Students will gain a creative and basic technical knowledge of the tools and techniques essential to the development and production of film.

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Course code: 289113 Introduction to Media Technology 15 credits

An introduction to the principles and concepts of media technologies. Students will gain a creative and basic technical knowledge of the tools and techniques essential to the development and production of media technology.

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Course code: 289116 Introduction to Immersive Media 15 credits

An introduction to the principles and concepts of immersive media. Students will gain a creative and basic technical knowledge of the tools and techniques essential to the development and production of immersive media.

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Course code: 289117 Introduction to Factual Production 15 credits

An introduction to the principles and concepts of factual production. Students will also gain a creative and basic technical knowledge of the tools and techniques essential to the development and production of factual content.

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Course code: 289120 Working with Scripted Material 15 credits

An introduction to the processes of reading, interpreting, and working with scripted content with the intent of realising the material through various production practices. Students will work with scripts for multiple platforms, engaging through the lenses of production, interpretation, self-reflection and indigenous making.

Restrictions: 289220

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Schedule B: Majors

Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Completing a major is compulsory. A major requires 180 credits.  

Schedule C: Elective courses

Course code: 289190 Screen Arts: Special Topic 1A 15 credits

This course focuses on a particular aspect of screen arts at an introductory level, focusing on digital platforms or technologies to result in outputs that demonstrate creativity and/or innovation. Offerings change from year to year and the course may not be offered in a particular year.

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Course code: 289191 Screen Arts: Special Topic 1B 15 credits

This course focuses on a particular aspect of screen arts at an introductory level, focusing on digital platforms or technologies to result in outputs that demonstrate creativity and/or innovation. Offerings change from year to year and the course may not be offered in a particular year.

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Course code: 289192 Screen Arts: Special Topic 1C 15 credits

This course focuses on a particular aspect of screen arts at an introductory level, focusing on digital platforms or technologies to result in outputs that demonstrate creativity and/or innovation. Offerings change from year to year and the course may not be offered in a particular year.

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Course code: 289290 Screen Arts: Special Topic 2A 15 credits

This course focuses on a particular aspect of screen arts at an intermediate level, focusing on digital platforms or technologies to result in well-developed outputs that demonstrate creativity and/or innovation. Offerings change from year to year and the course may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 289291 Screen Arts: Special Topic 2B 15 credits

This course focuses on a particular aspect of screen arts at an intermediate level, focusing on digital platforms or technologies to result in well-developed outputs that demonstrate creativity and/or innovation. Offerings change from year to year and the course may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 289292 Screen Arts: Special Topic 2C 15 credits

Centering on a particular aspect of screen arts at an intermediate level, this course focuses on digital platforms or technologies to result in well- developed outputs that demonstrate creativity and/or innovation. Offerings change from year to year and the course may not be offered in a particular year.

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Course code: 289341 Advanced Audio 15 credits

Gain an advanced knowledge and understanding of creative and technical processes, including sound and music recording, editing, and mixing. Students will also advance their knowledge of audio production for interactive platforms.

Prerequisites: 289340

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Course code: 289390 Screen Arts: Special Topic 3A 15 credits

Centering on a particular aspect of screen arts at an advanced level, this course focuses on digital platforms or technologies to result in professional standard outputs that demonstrate creativity and/or innovation. Offerings change from year to year and the course may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 289391 Screen Arts: Special Topic 3B 15 credits

Centering on a particular aspect of screen arts at an advanced level, this course focuses on digital platforms or technologies to result in professional standard outputs that demonstrate creativity and/or innovation. Offerings change from year to year and the course may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Fees and scholarships

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.

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You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

The 21st century is all about media convergence and change. Games, apps, web, film, TV, video, animation, visual effects, audio, immersive and media technologies – are all evolving rapidly. The Bachelor of Screen Arts with Honours 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.