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Certificate in Introduction to Video Creation

Level 5

Learn the basics of videography in UCOL's Certificate in Introduction to Video Creation.

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Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 10 weeks, part-time

20 Sep 2017 - 2 Dec 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$100.00Scholarship info

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International Fees:*
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Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

UCOL is giving you the opportunity to gain an introduction to video filming and production skills as a medium to express creative ideas.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Upon successful completion of UCOL's Certificate in Introduction to Video Creation, you'll be able to:

  • Apply principles of video image production to moving images
  • Use sound effectively to enhance or complement video work
  • Develop a basic knowledge of specialist software for video and sound editing
  • Apply lighting and camera techniques to develop visual coherence to moving images
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of influences affecting your imagery
  • Develop conceptual based work applying the fundamentals of visual communication

This certificate will prepare you for higher study in videography.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Film, TV and Music Technicians, and Producers and Directors.

 Course Information

UCOL's Certificate in Introduction to Video Creation will cover the following:

  • Storyboarding and narrative visual communication
  • Analysis of multiple layers of meaning, interpretation, symbolism and indirect reference
  • Post production techniques, including editing
  • Presentation of video and sound projects that explore the development of visual ideas generated from an initial brief through to resolution
  • Basic knowledge of specialist software in video and sound editing
  • Basic filming, lighting and camera techniques
  • Sound recordings, including how to get clean audio with background noise 
  • Framing and composition related to video
  • Fundamentals of visual communication and communication techniques 

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

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 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Certificate in Introduction to Video Creation (Level 5) (Training Scheme) comprises 20 credits.

Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:
  • 7 hours of lecturer supported learning hours - Wednesday nights 5:30pm - 7:30pm; Saturdays 10am - 4pm
  • 13 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent on research and study to complete your written assignments)

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.


Universal College of Learning has been granted approval by NZQA under section 251 of the Education Act 1989 to provide the training scheme Certificate in Introduction to Video Creation (Level 5).