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Bachelor of Creative Media Production

Overview

Take your creativity to the world

Realise your vision in interactive and digital media, and get ready for a career in the global cross-media world.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Wellington
  • Credits

  • 360
  • Duration

  • 3 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

In the Bachelor of Creative Media Production (BCMP) you will learn about industry-standard technologies across multiple media. You will gain experience in how to communicate ideas using animatics and storyboarding, including wireframing and mapping. You will learn about contemporary media and story-telling, and get to experiment with different modes of making like film, animation and coding.

In your second year you will explore your chosen medium in depth, deconstructing both how it operates and what it means. You will then advance your production skills with media production practices. You’ll learn about media business and the creative economy, and how to evaluate and develop ideas for the marketplace.

In your final year you will have the chance to develop a year-long cross-media creative project. Your student-led team will work with industry mentors on a real-life client project, through the key stages of planning, pre-production, production and post-production.

Learn from industry professionals

BCMP is taught by people who know the industry, including former staff of Weta Digital, Weta Workshop, Park Road Post, TVNZ and the BBC.

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Careers and further study

Careers

The twenty-first century is all about cross-media and change. Games, apps, web, film, video, animation, VFX, audio – they are morphing rapidly. The Bachelor of Creative Media Production sets you up for the new world. With your industry experience, critical grounding and practical know-how, you’ll hit the ground running when you graduate. You’ll have the flexibility to push the boundaries, re-inventing your craft and your media many times over the course of your career.

BCMP prepares students to enter creative media production jobs across the screen industry.

Further study

Extend your study and work on an independent research project in the Bachelor of Creative Media Production (Honours) or take a creative product or idea to market in the Master of Creative Enterprise.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

There are no specific entry requirements for the Bachelor of Creative Media Production other than those required to study at university.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

360 credits

285 credits (at least)

From the Schedule to the Degree:

Theory courses

Studio courses

 

75 credits

Elective courses including at least 15 credits at 200 level

 

Ensure across your courses you also have:

  • Not more than 150 credits at 100 level
  • At least 90 credits at 200 level
  • At least 105 credits at 300 level
  • Not more than 30 credits from Special Topic courses

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this programme

Core courses

195 credits
289100 Introduction to Creative Media Production 15
289204 Cross-Media Production 15
289205 Intermedia 15
289206 Media Production Development 15
289221 Portfolio and Dissemination 15
289302 Major Project Innovation Lab 15
289303 Major Project Pre-production 15
289306 Major Project Production 45
289307 Critical Response and Reflection 15

15 credits from

289120 Working with Scripted Material 15
289220 Working with Scripted Material 15

Core course from 2021

15 credits
133257 Philosophical Perspectives on Creative Practice 15

Compulsory course selection 100 level

60 credits
289101 Introduction to Web Development 15
289102 Visualisation for Media Production 15
289103 Introduction to Computer Animation 15
289104 Introduction to Visual Effects 15
289105 Introduction to Digital Video Production 15
289106 Introduction to Game Technologies and Mechanics 15
289107 Introduction to Audio Production and Sound Design 15
289108 Introduction to Animatronics and Modelling 15
289110 Introduction to Time-based Editing 15
289111 Introduction to 3D Modelling and Texturing 15
289112 Introduction to Scripted Film and Video Production 15
289113 Introduction to Prototyping for Creative Technologies 15
289114 Intro to Programming for Interactive Projects 15
289115 Introduction to Producing and Directing 15

Compulsory course selection 200 level

15 credits
289208 Computer Animation Production 15
289209 Visual Effects Production 15
289210 Game Technologies Project 15
289211 Video and Sound Production 15
289212 Web and Interactive Production 15
289215 Applied Producing and Directing 15

Compulsory course selection 300 level

15 credits
289308 Advanced Computer Animation Practice 15
289309 Advanced VFX Practice 15
289310 Advanced Game Practice 15
289311 Advanced Video and Sound Practice 15
289312 Advanced Creative Technologies 15
289315 Advanced Producing and Directing 15

Elective courses

289190 Creative Media Production Special Topic 1a 15
289191 Creative Media Production Special Topic 1b 15
289192 Creative Media Production Special Topic 1c 15
289202 Media Innovation and Creativity 15
289290 Creative Media Production Special Topic 2a 15
289291 Creative Media Production Special Topic 2b 15
289390 Creative Media Production Special Topic 3a 15

Up to 75 credits from any other courses in the University.

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

Core studio courses

Studio is where you will learn and hone your creative media production skills. At 100-level, you must take two per semester, but you can take three (one would count as an elective).

Each semester you must also do one core course that teaches you to think critically about what you do. These courses provide essential grounding for a career in a fast-changing media landscape

Pathways

There is no major in this programme however you will choose to study one of the following pathways:

  • film and television
  • animation
  • VFX
  • game development
  • creative technologies
  • producing and directing.

In the third year, you will take a major production for a client through all its stages, from innovation lab to pre-production to production to post-production.

For more information regarding the pathways and which courses to take please discuss with an academic advisor. Contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

More information:  ‘Yellow Book’. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • want to work hands-on with projects across a range of screen and digital media
  • want to benefit from the college’s extensive industry connections
  • want to master industry-standard production facilities.

Accreditations and rankings

Art & Design QS Ranking

Massey University's College of Creative Arts is ranked as one of the Top 100 art and design schools in the world by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).


Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

The Bachelor of Creative Media Production programme has space for up to 75 credits worth of courses of your choice, known as electives. In the first year, you can select from any of the 100-level electives from the College of Creative Arts, as well as a range of courses from business, humanities and social science.

More information:  ‘Yellow Book’. 

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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