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Auckland Summer Direct Enrollment – University of Auckland Film Production Add to favorites
  • Auckland, New Zealand

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Why Auckland?

The 2015 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland third in the world for quality of life. With beautiful volcanoes and lava flows, a dynamic mixture of European, Asian, and Pacific influences, friendly residents, and breathtaking coastal views, you’ll fall for Auckland’s unique charm. With Auckland as your home, you’re in the perfect place from which to experience both the cultural and natural wonders of New Zealand.

What You'll Study

You will directly enroll in the University of Auckland's four-week practical program for emerging filmmakers. Discover first-hand what draws the global film industry to New Zealand and create your own short drama episode. Structured around a practical production process based on professional television industry practice, this program is a hands-on experience designed to set you up with the tools you need to launch your career in film, television and digital media industries. Due to the small size and intensive nature of the program, admission is highly selective.

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.


IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with University of Auckland.

University of Auckland
Founded in 1883, the University of Auckland is New Zealand's largest and most comprehensive university, with teaching and research conducted over eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes. Over 40,000 students study at the university, including 4,000 international students from 93 countries. It is the only New Zealand university ranked in the top 200 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University's home city of Auckland was ranked third out of 223 world cities for quality of living in the 2017 Mercer Quality of Living Survey.


FTVMS 317 - Screen Tools
You will be in a small intensive course working to create the pilot episode of a serial drama. Everyone in the course has a specific role such as director, producer or writer. Acting roles will not be available in this program. Following an industry-style production schedule, the course is designed to give you practical experience and an understanding of the collaborative and co-operative nature of the making of drama for film, television and digital platforms, within strict time limits.

The program places a special focus on digital and new media as the method of distribution for your production. As well as developing technical skills in multi-camera television production, single camera location shooting and digital editing, you will be introduced to the processes of script breakdowns, casting and directing actors.

Production team roles will be allocated in the first week of the course. The role you get will depend on your preference as well as your own skills and experience and the mix of skills and experience across the group. Roles are in production, directing, writing, line production, design and editing. For more information on production team roles, click here.

This intensive course requires a full-time commitment. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, with an additional eight-to-ten hours' studio time required per week.  In addition to time spent in class, you will also spend many hours outside of class each week in the studio, in script production, casting, on-location filming, post-production, editing, and on field trips. 

Advising & Support

Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’ll be there for you whenever you need us.

We offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application process.

But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in Auckland, our staff person is available to help you transition into your new home.

The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our program director is there for you.

On-Site Staff
Whether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, our Auckland-based IES Abroad staff person is available to support you. 

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Auckland, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of New Zealand. These field trips are included in your program fee. Here are a few possible destinations.

Course field trips (included in the cost of the program) may include a visit to the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata, and a visit to the Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop in Wellington.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Auckland is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.


When you arrive, you will attend an orientation run by IES Abroad Auckland and University of Auckland staff.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks  to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Auckland, it will feel like home.

As part of our direct enrollment services, we offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing housing independently can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options meet our safety and security standards.

Off-Campus Housing - You will live in a single room with access to a kitchen. Wifi access will be available, although it may come with an additional cost.

Get to Know Your New City

Climb Rangitoto

Check out this 800-year-old dormant volcano in Auckland’s Harbour, for a scenic 360-degree view of the city.

Visit the Wild Beaches & Black Sands

Enjoy the unique nature of New Zealand’s west coast, including Muriwai and Piha Beach.

Visit One Tree Hill

Learn about Māori fortification while spotting some sheep and viewing the Stardome Observatory.

Eat & Shop at the Auckland Markets

Running from Thursday to Sunday, stop by for a slice of multicultural cuisine and pick up great souvenirs.

Take the Road Less Traveled

Hike 11 different walking trails for a taste of natural New Zealand, only a short trip from downtown!

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Summer 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2018 $4,600 $2,215 $135 $6,950

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.