Discover first-hand what draws the global film industry to Auckland, New Zealand, while creating a short drama in the University of Auckland Screen Tools summer program. Structured around a practical production process based on professional television industry practice, Screen Tools is a hands-on course designed to teach students the essential skills they need to launch their career in film, television and digital media industries.
The Surrounding Area
With a population of 1.3 million, city life in Auckland is a blend of cultures, cuisines and nature. Auckland has two harbors, over 2000 miles of coastline and is the warmest of New Zealand’s cities. Naturally, beach activities play a big part in Auckland city life. You can go for a morning surf or kayak before breakfast, swim or relax at a beach between classes, and in the evening take a ferry across to the North Shore to watch the sun set behind the city.
Stretching across an expansive area in the center of the city, the University campus is integrated into the heart of city life. Harbor views and nearby parks provide a scenic study setting, just minutes from the city center’s shopping and entertainment district. During the summer program, students will have the opportunity to visit the Hobbiton movie set featuring “the Shire” where parts of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed. They also will tour Weta Digital, an Academy Award winning design and digital effects studio to learn about how Weta Workshop creates weapons, armor, costumes and creatures for film.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least junior standing at time of participation (sophomores with a strong creative portfolio can be considered on an individual basis)
- Good judicial standing
- 3.0+ GPA at time of application
- A background in film or media production, drama, or creative writing is preferred but not essential
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
- Student applications are reviewed by Screen Tools staff and participants are selected based on strengths of experience and ability to contribute to the program.
Students will work as a team to develop the pilot episode of a serial drama or web series. They will learn and practice story creation and character development for a script that they write, produce, design and direct. From pre-production to post-production, students will experience first-hand the various aspects of television industry operations, including studio protocol and the management of a production and shoot. Students will gain an understanding of cameras and sound recording equipment as they develop their production and will learn strategies for directing the actors who will bring their story to life.
Students will stay in student accommodation near campus with a private bedroom (single) and shared living spaces. The University of Auckland campus is located in the center of Auckland city, close to shops, restaurants, entertainment, public transportation, and the harbor.
Summer Program Dates
Mid-June to Mid-July
This program is available as Study Abroad:
- Study Abroad - This means you pay a program fee to the University of Auckland, which includes accommodations, program tuition, and costs for course related field trips.
There will be additional costs for meals, international airfare, passport, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with the education abroad advisor for New Zealand to discuss your program budget.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/ international/abroad/aid.html.