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The difference between Film & Television and Filmmaking courses is that Film & Television courses involve examining how these media are positioned within cultures and societies, whereas Filmmaking is concerned with actually producing film and television work.

Film & Television

A course in Film & Television allows students to appreciate political, institutional, industrial, historical, cultural and aesthetic features of media through their various forms, contexts, theories and production. Courses also consider how media products are constructed in response to a combination of technological, institutional, creative and cultural conditions.

Courses will aim to develop student’s ability to

  • Combine critical thought and creative practice
  • analyse film and media content and present ideas in vivid, clear and useful ways
  • understand the forces at work behind the creation and consumption of media ideas and texts
  • appreciate the inter-relationship between the wide variety of media which operate in the modern world

Topics you may cover

  • Film Studies/Film Theory: looking at concepts, theories, histories and methodologies for example Hollywood, Asian, European and New Zealand film.
  • Media, new media and television studies: television, print media, music video and new interactive media; looking at how they relate to politics, sport etc
  • Television production and media writing: television studio production, documentary and drama and script writing.
  • Aotearoa/ New Zealand and the Pacific: adding a local dimension to your study by looking at aspects of film, television and other media in New Zealand and the Pacific. 


It is important to consider that most Filmmaking courses tend to begin with teaching you an overview of all areas of professional film production. However, as your studies progress, you will be given the opportunity to specialise in the area that you most enjoyed.

Your learning will consist of theoretical work and practical projects. Usually, you will first learn about theory and techniques in the classroom, before being given the opportunity to test them out in the field. These theories and techniques are not only associated with areas of specialisation, but also to potential projects themselves – documentaries, commercials, music/dance, short films, experimental film, etc.

Topics you may cover

  • Camera: the person behind the camera is responsible for making sure that the director’s vision is transferred through the camera lens onto the screen this involves learning about – lens choice, lighting, composition, camera movement, focus and exposure.
  • Editing: editors must take into account the project and the unedited film and determine the most effective way to ‘tell the story’ through cutting, transitions and effects.
  • Sound: specialising in sound involves learning about field recordings, as well as post-production. This includes learning how to use the boom and mixing levels, FX editing, digital dialogue replacement and surround sound.

Screen studies and critical practices: this area of specialisation looks at the key concepts, technologies and processes involved in filmmaking throughout history. You will examine film and television in terms of how theory and professional practice are integrated.

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