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University of Auckland: Summer Film on location in New Zealand (direct enroll)

Auckland, New Zealand
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Structured around a practical production process based on professional television industry practice, Screen Tools is a hands-on course designed to set you up with the tools you need to launch your career in film, television and digital media industries.

This course is ideal for recent screen production graduates, or students looking for a study abroad experience. 

Under the guidance of experienced actor, producer, director and tutor, John Callen, as well as guest tutors from the television industry, you will work with a team to develop a complete short episodic drama. From script production to post production you will experience the entire process, developing your creative and technical skills in drama scripting, acting, directing and producing.

You will have access to our high-end production and editing equipment and facilities to produce multi-camera recorded scenes in our television studio, as well as shooting on location in the beautiful harbourside city of Auckland.

In a time when people are more often turning to new digital platforms for their media consumption, Screen Tools places a focus on the “saleable” value and digital delivery of your final piece. With your production team, you will decide on a target audience and the mode of broadcast for your production.

Course field trips include a visit to the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata, and a visit to the Academy Award® winning Weta Workshop in Wellington.

Visit the U of Auckland web page for more information:

This course is worth 15 U of Auckland credits which translates to 3.75 UMD credits. 

Program Fee
$5,900 NZD (approximately US$3,750*). Fee includes tuition, accommodation, and field trips to Hobbiton Movie Set and Weta Workshop.
How to apply
UMD students interested in this program must follow the application process for an approved program. Once the UMD application has been approved, you will proceed with the U of Auckland applications. 
For detailed instructions about the U of Auckland online application process, please follow this step-by-step guide.

To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
    This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
  2. Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.

After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2020 03/15/2020 01/01/2020