South Seas Film & TV School



South Seas is New Zealand’s leading Film, Television, Screen Acting, Animation and Photography training institution with an excellent reputation for delivering professional industry training courses. Our intensive hands-on practical courses have proven to be the best way of training people to gain the experience and confidence they need to work effectively in the media industry.

With the introduction of exciting new digital media technology now is an exciting time to join us to learn new skills. By coming on-board what some graduates have aptly described as ‘a fast ride to future success’ you are preparing to take off and become part of an industry that is really going places.

South Seas delivers 4 full time NZ Qualifications Authority registered courses as well as various introductory and short courses. (See Web Site for details)

1. Diploma in Film & Television Production

Find your place in the Film & Television industry! South Seas is New Zealand’s leading film school. We provide the practical training and support you need to kick start your creative career.

Film & Television Course Overview:
A year long course made up of four terms. In term 1, you receive basic training in all essential production skills. In terms 2-4, you focus your studies on a selected specialist skill option.

FTV Course Specialisation Options:

  • Art & Design
  • Camera, Lighting, Audio
  • Post Production Editing
  • Production Management
  • Drama Directing/Script Writing
  • Documentary Directing/Research

Why Come to South Seas?

  • Practical, hands on intensive Film & Television training
  • Tutoring by established film industry professionals
  • Extensive studio facilities and cutting edge industry technology


2. Diploma in Animation Production

Immerse yourself in the fascinating craft of animation. This 2 year course provides you with all the skills and experience you need to succeed in the animation and gaming industry. South Seas also assists graduates to obtain industry jobs, from game artist to animator.

Animation Course Overview

  • Comprehensive character & gaming animation training
  • A fully equipped film and animation studio production facility
  • Intensive training by experienced industry professionals
  • Focus on character and story driven animation
  • Classes limited to maximum of 16 students

Why Come to South Seas?

  • Practical, hands on Animation training
  • Tutoring by established industry professionals
  • Extensive studio facilities and technology on Auckland’s North Shore


3. Diploma in Digital Photography

Do you want a rewarding creative career working as a professional photographer? South Seas prepares you for the industry, majoring in Photojournalism, Commercial photography or Creative Art photography.

Photography Course Overview
Photography course is a year long, full time practical intensive training course. Students will receive the knowledge, understanding, appreciation and skills fundamental to a successful career in photography.

During Photography Course, you will:

  • Master the technology of the digital image production
  • Develop your skills through practical projects
  • Learn to analyse your own work and explore the role of photography in new media.

Why Come to South Seas?

  • Practical, hands on Photographic training
  • Tutoring by established commercial photography professionals
  • Extensive studio facilities and technology on Auckland’s North Shore


4. Diploma in On Screen Acting Course

Today, actors in NZ and around the world gain more work on screen than on stage. South Seas offers the only full time NZ acting course focused on Film and TV. If you want a career in acting, we can help you get there!

Course Overview
The entertainment industry has seen a major shift in employment to On-Screen rather than Theatre Acting. The On Screen Acting Course provides total immersion training in the unique acting skills and techniques required for Film, TV and Screen media. South Seas has an impressive range of professional equipment, facilities and other support courses that make it an ideal venue for an acting school with a screen performance focus.

During OSA training, you will

  • Acquire the essential skills and practice to act on screen
  • Discover your potential, talent and imagination as an actor
  • Perform in several original short films written by student directors
  • Gain an appreciation of key roles, responsibilities and opportunities in the Film and TV industry
  • Develop auditioning skills, create a show reel and find an agent.

Why Come to South Seas?

  • Practical, immersive Acting training
  • Tutoring by established Acting / Film Industry professionals
  • Expansive studio facilities on Auckland’s North Shore

South Seas provides high quality professional training courses:
The NZ Qualification Authority recently carried out their External Evaluation & Review (EER) in July 2015. The outcome of this review resulted in South Seas retaining the highest NZQA Category 1 status: with “Highly Confident” in both Educational Performance and Capability in Self-Assessment.