Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Arts – PGDipScreenArts

Further your skills and training with the development and production of a significant screen arts project.

Type of qualification

Postgraduate diploma

Level of study

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equal experience – you can study at the postgraduate level. Doctoral qualifications require additional entry requirements.

More about study levels

NZQF level 8

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

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Time to complete

1 year full-time (120 credits)
Up to 8 years part-time

Where you can study

Wellington campus

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
Note: Selected entry qualification.

Study a Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Arts – PGDipScreenArts

The Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Arts is an opportunity for you to upskill in creative practice, technology and theory.

With an emphasis on production, you’ll take your project 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.

This qualification will give you an introduction to postgraduate research processes and theory. You’ll push the boundaries of your screen arts practice with a research-led independent project.

Get the full picture 

A PGDipScreenArts is a good fit if you:

  • studied screen arts at undergraduate level
  • want to develop your practice, research and analysis skills

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

The Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Arts is a selected entry qualification. This means there are extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Arts you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Screen Arts or equivalent, with an adequate grade point average
  • submit a portfolio of design work
  • take part in an interview if required.

Selection is based on your academic background, portfolio and interview (if required).

You must provide copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Late applications may be accepted, subject to available spaces

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with Distinction or Merit. 

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 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.

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 Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate 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.

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Structure of the Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Arts

The Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Arts has a focus on studio-based inquiry and the development of research skills. Students will work alongside those completing the honours year of the four year Bachelor of Screen Arts with Honours.

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Arts is awarded without a specialisation.

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

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).
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
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

120 credits

  • Compulsory courses – 120 credits

Course planning key

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.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
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.
Choose at least 120 credits from
Course code: 289701 Production Planning and Development 30 credits

Students gain a professional knowledge and develop expertise in a range of creative research practices, tools and techniques for organising large scale productions. Students will apply these skills toward planning and communicating an Advanced Production Project.

Prerequisites: 289333 OR 289309

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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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Course code: 289803 Advanced Production 60 credits

Students will produce and finalise an advanced work demonstrating highly executed production standards informed by their research. Students will be required to demonstrate and sustain an professional creative and technical level of proficiency together with professional production management of workloads and deadlines.

Prerequisites: 289701

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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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

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.

Scholarship and award opportunities

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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.

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