Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours
Master of Fine Arts


Award-winning filmmaker and UC graduate Vincent Ward (executive producer of The Last Samurai, director of River Queen) recieves an honorary doctorate.


Introductory film studies are directed towards an understanding of the basic procedures of film and video production and the acquisition of basic craft skills. Advanced studies begin with an introduction to the procedures and skills associated with documentary production and lead to a practical consideration of issues of fiction, narrative and performance in contemporary cinema.

While the course aims to encourage students to develop ideas and practices suited to their own creative ends, it also encourages a critical view of accepted practices and an assessment of the commercial realities of production and commercial marketing.


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Career opportunities

Film graduates have gained employment as film and television directors and producers, journalists, consultants, art critics, documentary makers, art historians, lecturers and media arts teachers.

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School of Fine Arts
Fine Arts Building
College of Arts
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2159

Clara Wells

Clara Wells

'Filmmaking combines so many things that have been a part of my life so I get a real sense of satisfaction from my work...'