Television and Screen Production Major - Bachelor of Communication Studies

Fascinated by moving image and storytelling? A career in TV and screen production can offer great opportunities for you.

Today's consumers have many viewing choices, and TV and screen production professionals have to be versatile, adaptable, creative and technically competent to succeed.

You develop the practical skills to produce programmes for large, medium or small screens. Our students are well-known for their skills in pre-production, production and post-production within television and screen production.


This is part of the Bachelor of Communication Studies.

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree).

Year 1

You study the following papers:

You also choose 30 points from the optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. We recommend that you take Screen Production Fiction I, an optional paper that explores the use of cameras, sound and editing in creative storytelling.

Year 2

You study the following papers:

You also choose 60 points from the optional papers below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. We recommend that you take prerequisite papers from another major. If you want to take a minor, 30 points of these papers can  be in your minor subject area.

Year 3

You study the following papers:

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

You also choose 45 points from the optional papers below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. If you want to take a minor, 30 points of these papers can be in your minor subject area.

Optional papers

Level 5  papers

Level 6 papers

Level 7  papers

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)


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

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

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TV and Screen Production Careers

Key features
  • AUT alumni are leaders in film, TV and screen production around the world
  • One of the best TV studio facilities in New Zealand
  • Access to the latest digital field equipment
  • Includes a major practical project
See yourself as
  • A thought starter
  • Creative
  • Well organised
  • A self-starter
  • Logical
Julian Braatvedt
Storme Hitaua
Peter Furlong

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.