Television and Screen Production Major - Bachelor of Communication Studies

Forgotten Dawn Children wins again

AUT alumni Joshua Iosefo and Corey Sio probably didn't think the short film they made in 2015 would still be winning awards two years later. But that is precisely what is happening, with their recent Aloha Accolade Award at the Honolulu Film Awards this year, hot on the heels of the Breakthrough Award at Sydney's Pasifika Film Fest in 2016. 

Forgotten Dawn Children
 (trailer above) portrays a man haunted by memories of the dawn raids, and the struggle of growing up as a Pacific Islander in mid-1970s Auckland.

Creating exciting and innovative screen productions that tell a good story is at the heart of this major. It focuses on both creative and professional skills, and is a great starting point if you have serious aspirations to work in the broadcasting, independent production and corporate sectors of the screen industry.

The emphasis is on practical skills for professional multi-camera and digital video production. Throughout your studies you develop the practical knowledge to produce programmes suitable for large, medium or small screens. Our graduates are well-known for their skills in pre-production, production and post-production roles within television and screen production. They are also able to manage, organise and collaborate within production teams.

Key features

  • Access to one of the best TV studio facilities in New Zealand and the latest digital field equipment
  • Includes a major practical project in Year 3
  • Learn from passionate and experienced lecturers, many of whom are award-winning filmmakers

More information about the Bachelor of Communication Studies

Career opportunities

  • Camera Operator
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Production editor
  • Production manager
  • Promotions manager
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Television presenter
  • Television programmer
  • Writer


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year students study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options. 

Year 1
The first year of the Bachelor of Communication Studies is common to all majors. We recommend that you take the paper Screen Narrative Production, an optional paper that explores the use of cameras, sound and editing in creative storytelling.

Level 5:
COMM502 Interpersonal Communication (15 points)
COMM505 Image and Sound (15 points)
COMM506 Media Production Workshop (30 points)
COMM509 Media Communication I (15 points)
PHIL580 Applied Media Ethics (15 points)

SELECT a further 30 points from optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies.

Year 2
The Television and Screen Production major starts in Year 2 with the core papers - Studio Production and Screen Production: Non-Fiction. These papers introduce you to the theory and practice of basic multi-camera and single camera productions. Screen Production Practice is an optional paper for those interested in furthering their skills in storytelling.

Level 6:
COMM601 Media Communication II (15 points)
COMM603 Intercultural Communication (15 points)
TVSP601 Screen Production: Non-Fiction (15 points)
TVSP602 Studio Production (15 points)

SELECT a further 60 points from optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. Students are recommended to take prerequisite papers from another major. If you wish to take a minor, 30 points of these papers at level 6 may be in your minor subject area.

Year 3
Papers in Year 3 provide you with the theoretical and practical skills to achieve professional industry standards.

Practical TV project
You work towards creating a major practical project. Using the latest digital technology, you are responsible for producing or directing a major production. You learn to work in teams by assisting each other with presentation, production management, interviewing, camera operation and sound recording. 

Level 7:
COMM707 Media Communication III (15 points)
TVSP700 Creative Screen Practice (30 points)

TVSP701 Creative Screen Project (30 points)

SELECT a further 45 points from optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. If you wish to take a minor, 30 points of these papers at level 7 may be in your minor subject area.

Level 5:
COMM507 Performance Communication (15 points)
COMM511 Introduction to Popular Culture (15 points)
MUSC500 Technology and Composition (15 points)
RADC501 Audio Production Techniques (15 points)
TVSP501 Screen Production Fiction I (15 points)

Level 6:
MARS603 Communications in Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales (15 points)
MUSC600 Technology and Creative Expression (15 points)
TVSP600 Screen Production Fiction II (15 points)

Level 7:
ADVT773 Advanced Copywriting (15 points)
ADVT774 Selected Topics in Advertising Creativity (15 points)
ADVT775 Advanced Advertising Art Direction (15 points)
CIND703 Selected Topics in Creative Industries (15 points)
CIND706 Creative Marketplace (15 points)
CIND707 The Film Industries (15 points)
COMM703 Media and Politics (15 points)
COMM704 Promotional Culture (15 points)
COMM705 The Music Industries (15 points)
COMM710 Performance for Camera (15 points)
DIGM705 Selected Topics in Digital Media (15 points)
HIST770 Popular Monsters (15 points)
JOUR703 Data Journalism (15 points)
JOUR704 News Editing and Design (15 points)
JOUR705 Magazine Journalism (15 points)
JOUR706 Radio Journalism (15 points)
JOUR707 Photo Journalism (15 points)
JOUR708 Television Journalism (15 points)
JOUR709 Selected Topics in Journalism (15 points)
JOUR711 Reporting the Pacific Region (15 points)
JOUR712 Maori and Pasifika Media Industry (15 points)
MARS705 Trends and Innovations (15 points)
PUBL700 Communication in a Business Environment (15 points)
PUBL703 Selected Topics in Public Relations (15 points)
PUBL706 Sponsorship and Promotion (15 points)
RADC704 Radio and Society (15 points)
RADC705 Selected Topics in Radio (15 points)
TVSP702 Screenwriting: Drama (15 points)
TVSP703 Screenwriting: Documentary (15 points)
TVSP704 Advanced Studio Production (15 points)
TVSP705 Screen Interviews and Production (15 points)
TVSP707 Screen Production Management (15 points)
TVSP708 Selected Topics in Television and Screen Production (15 points)

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.
Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Last updated: 26-Jan-2018 7.27am

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