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Master of Arts in Screen Production

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Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
1 year
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Start date: 01-December-2021
University of Auckland
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Engage in advanced scholarship and contribute your own research to the existing knowledge in your field.

In a research masters you can contribute to the existing knowledge in your field by defining and managing a research project alongside some of New Zealand’s leading scholars.

In a taught masters you can deepen your knowledge in small classes with these leading scholars and complete a smaller research project such as a dissertation.

A 120- or 240-point programme with research and taught options, depending on your chosen subject. The structure of your programme depends on the subject that you are studying. 1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Semester Two admission may not be available for some subjects.

Screen Production:

Screen Production provides an intensive, film school-style experience for future writers, directors and producers of drama and documentary films.

Screen Production provides practical experience of film and media making, embedded within a liberal arts programme that explores the history, aesthetics and technologies of film and media.

You will be encouraged to develop traditional and innovative skills for creating cinematic narratives, as well as gain technical expertise from staff with strong links to the industry.

Where can Screen Production take you?

Films produced by our students have screened at major international film festivals, including Venice, London and New York, and been included in the New Zealand International Film Festival.

We are proud of our close relationship with industry, as evidenced by our Industry Board of Advisors and the number of graduates who have successfully secured work in the industry.

The MA in Screen Production includes a large-scale production project. You can choose to focus on screenwriting, producing or directing (drama or documentary). The project will usually be a feature film (screenwriting), a short film (drama directing) or a half-hour documentary. You will work closely with a supervisor to realise your vision.

The programme is supplemented by guest speakers from the film industry, who will extend your knowledge of skills such as producing, research and art direction, and discuss the realities of progressing within the screen industry with you.

You will crew on each other's productions, further developing knowledge of the production process, as well as practical and teamwork skills. We support and encourage you to undertake internships with film production companies in your area of interest.

Entry criteria

Research 120 points:

You need to have completed a postgraduate qualification, following an undergraduate degree, from a recognised university (or similar institution) in a similar discipline to your intended subject. You will require a GPE of 5.0.

Research 240 points:

You need to have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in a similar discipline to your intended subject. You will require a GPE of 5.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.


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