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

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)

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 Narrative Production, an optional paper that explores the use of cameras, sound and editing in creative storytelling.

Year 2

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

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

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

TVSP701 Creative Screen Project (30 points)

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

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 papers

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  papers

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)

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

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

TV and Screen Production Careers

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