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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Screen Arts, Acting and Technical Production

Do you love to perform or want to work behind the scenes in performing and screen arts and make your own short films? This certificate programme is your pass to an exciting future in performance, production and screen.  

60 (0.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available

Programme overview

Please note: While this certificate programme is not equivalent to University Entrance, successful completion will allow you to progress to higher-level programmes.

This programme is ideal if you want to go on to higher-level study in performing and screen arts, if you're not exactly sure what area to focus on, or if you are already in employment in this industry who want to improve your personal communication and professional presentation skills.

The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation specialising in screen arts, acting and technical productions will expose you to the basic principles of production, acting, theatre technologies and design, moving image study, as well as collaborative project-based learning.


  • Emphasis on practical skills and project-based learning: you will be developing performance pieces, work behind the scenes in the theatre and making your own videos.
  • Learn from Lecturers who are eager to share their industry experience with you.
  • Access to Unitec's excellent performing arts facilities.
  • A mix of classroom sessions, practical workshops, critique sessions, student seminars, discussions, presentations and online learning.
  • A chance to take classes in Unitec's marae, a great setting to explore Māori oratorical traditions and the role of culture in communication.

Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post-study work visa upon completion of this programme.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements:

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. A minimum of 4 years’ secondary education;
  2. Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts;
  3. Successfully complete an interview, audition and/or submission;
  4. A minimum total of 40 NCEA credits at level 2 in four subjects;
  5. A minimum of 12 English credits at level 1 or higher;
  6. University Entrance numeracy (or equivalent);

If you haven't met the above NCEA requirements, you'll need one of the following:

English requirements for international students:

If English is not your first language, you will need one of the following:

If you don’t meet the English criteria above, we have a range of English Language programmes available, depending on your current level of ability.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you may still apply under special or discretionary entrance, or try our New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3).​​

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Moving Images (BECI4302) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course aims to provide students with a broad theoretical and operational understanding and awareness of the moving image as a communication medium in contemporary society and culture setting, and gain an ability to analyse and make use of selected media forms.
Acting and Technical Production (BECI4803) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course aims to provide students with a broad theoretical and operational understanding of storytelling techniques and to develop creative outcomes across a range of performing arts forms and disciplines. Students will also develop awareness, and a broad theoretical and operational understanding, of the technology and processes associated with live performance, and workplace routines for working safely and creatively behind the scenes.
Collaborative Project (BECI4901) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course will prepare students for further academic study in their chosen pathway by providing creative project experience in both individual and collaborative contexts.
Identity and Communication (BPED4001) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces pathway-related concepts and develops pathway-related academic skills in order to prepare students for further academic study in their chosen pathway.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.