The Application Process

The Film School offers a flexible and open Expression of Interest process. Although we welcome Expression of Interest at any time may we suggest that you apply September onward for our February intake and March onward for our July intake.

How to apply

New Zealand Film School programme information and application form can be found on the Te Auaha website. If you have any questions about the application form or the process get in touch with us here. Once we have received your Application Form we will advise you whether or not you have been selected for an interview.

The Interview

Once you have completed the Application form you may be offered an interview. This can be in person, by telephone or by Skype. The interview will usually be with the Executive Director of the School. It is not a test!  It is a chance for the School to find out more about you and for you to ask questions about the School. If you are offered a place, we want to be sure you understand all about us.


If we offer you a place you will be notified by phone, email or letter.  As we are now part of Whitireia you will also receive a Whitireia Polytechnic Application From to be completed and returned.  You will receive full support from our Enrolment Department during you application.


Our Enrolment department will assist you with your application process.  Full fee payment are due by the first day of the course. If you are paying by Student Loan, Studylink will advise the School when your loan is approved.

Tuition Fees for 2017 are NZ$18,112.00 including gst for domestic students and NZ$31,250.00 including gst but excluding insurance for international students. All tuition fees are due to be paid at the time of enrolment.

For Course Related Costs go HERE.

New Zealand Students

New Zealand resident students are eligible to apply for student loans and allowances, provided they meet Studylink criteria. New Zealand resident students may borrow the full amount of the fees.

Helpful Hints for Expression of Interest

Applicants to The Film School do not require any previous experience in the film or television industry. All applicants are treated on their merits and successful candidates for the course will be chosen after individual interviews. We suggest you send us an inquiry BEFORE applying, in order that you are fully informed about the course.

The only formal eligibility requirement is that you must be at least eighteen years of age, although a driving licence is highly desirable.   However, there are certain skills and abilities which would give you an advantage if you were contemplating a career in the film and television industry.

Most important is the ability to work hard and effective as part of a team and the maturity to take and give orders.  Good communication skills, both written and oral plus good interpersonal skills will also be noted.  Demonstrating this during the application process with be most beneficial.

The following will add to your study experience:
  • Some experience in the film making process (amateur or professional)
  • Some experience non-linear editing software (amateur or professional) Our edit systems are AVID Media Composer. Though it is an advantage to have some editing experience, our technician is an AVID certified instructor and there will be hands on support through the course.
  • Show reel on Youtube or Vimeo etc.
  • Performance experience, e.g. kapa haka, theatre, music, dance
  • Knowledge of still photography
  • Graphic design skills
  • Knowledge and appreciation of films and filmmakers
  • Knowledge and appreciation of New Zealand films, filmmakers and the New Zealand film industry
  • Relevant trade training or employment (e.g. electrical, mechanical)
  • Ability to sketch or draw
  • A proven work ethic
  • Marketing/business/commerce background
  • Drivers licence (heavy trade vehicle licence would be a bonus)
  • First Aid Certificate