Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours BDigiScreen(Hons)

University Of Canterbury

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Program Overview

The digital screen sector is rapidly growing, in areas such as virtual production, 3D storytelling, virtual and augmented reality, and more. UC's new planned Digital Screen Campus — a creative hub with international-quality workspaces, stages, studios, and more — will provide a space for film production, game development, and cross-reality technologies to come together.

The Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours (BDigiScreen(Hons)) is a 4-year professional degree focusing on storytelling using words, still or moving images, animation, and sound. During your degree, you will work on collaborative projects with other students and with industry partners to build up a portfolio of work to give you a head-start in your career.

  • Build your experience in the digital media industry, with subjects ranging from filmmaking to music production to video game design.
  • Project work each year of the degree, beginning from your second year.
  • Work on real-world projects with some of Aotearoa New Zealand's greatest creative minds.
  • Study in UC's Digital Screen Campus, a new hub intended for industry collaboration, which will include sound stages, motion capture labs, film editing studios, live streaming setups, Virtual Screen Production theatre, and more.

ChristchurchNew Zealand

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee




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The Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours requires a minimum total of 480 points:

  • 270 points of compulsory courses

  • a minimum of 390 points of Digital Screen courses

  • the remaining 90 points can be from either Digital Screen courses or courses from other degrees.


At least 345 points must be from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level, and 120 points at 400-level.

The degree takes 4 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 10 years.

Majors and minors

BDigiScreen(Hons) students have the option of completing either:

  • a major

  • a major and a minor.


Each major has specific course requirements, but all consist of a minimum of 120 points. The fourth year of the degree is made up of compulsory courses that focus on your major subject area.

A minor consists of a minimum 75 points, including at least 45 points above 100-level, in a single subject chosen from Digital Screen, Arts, Commerce, Health Sciences, Science, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership degrees.

Certificate of Indigenous Narrative

UC also offers the Certificate in Indigenous Narrative designed as professional development for those already in the digital media industry to upskill their indigenous awareness and representation.

The Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours introduces you to all stages of conception, production, and publication of digital media.

You will complete at least one major subject, and can also choose to specialise in a minor subject.

See ‘How do I plan my degree?’ above for an example degree structure diagram.

Compulsory courses

Year 1


  • DISC101 Storytelling for the Digital Screen
  • DISC102 Principles of Screen Production
  • MUSA125 Music Technologies
  • PROD110 Product Design Principles
  • PROD121 The Game Development Process
  • PROD142 2D and 3D Art for Film and Games

Year 2

  • DISC201 Storytelling in Action

Year 3

  • DISC301 Conception, Development, Budgets
  • DISC380 Year 3 Capstone project

Year 4

  • DISC401 Conception, Development, Budgets
  • DISC402 Exhibition and Distribution
  • DISC403 Digital Screen Project

Major subjects

  • Animation
  • Cinematic Arts
  • Game Arts
  • Game Development
  • Screen Sound
  • Screenwriting

Minor subjects

You may also choose to complete a minor chosen from the list below.

All majors in the degree are also available as minors.

Indigenous Narrative is a minor specially designed to accompany this degree. It teaches you an understanding of the approaches to Māori and Pasifika storytelling in digital forms, including production strategies and issues of representation.

  • Accounting
  • Adventure Sport and Environment
  • Animation
  • Anthropology
  • Art History and Theory
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Analytics
  • Business and Sustainability
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Cinema Studies
  • Cinematic Arts
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • English Language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Science
  • European and European Union Studies
  • Finance
  • French
  • Game Arts
  • Game Development
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Services
  • Indigenous Narrative
  • Information Systems
  • Innovation
  • International Business
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Māori and Indigenous Studies
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Media and Communication
  • Music
  • Nutrition
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Performance Analysis
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Activity
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Professional and Community Engagement
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Russian
  • Screen Sound
  • Screenwriting
  • Society and Policy
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sport Science
  • Statistics
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Taxation
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Tourism Marketing and Management
  • Youth and Community Leadership

The BDigiScreen(Hons) is open to anyone who gains entry to the University and no previous experience is required. All subjects are introductory, and your first year will cover broad experiences creating content across film, gaming, and digital media industries.

Some knowledge and passion for cinema, creative writing, sound or art design, or video game development will be especially useful.

IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
TOEFL iBT Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
TOEFL PBT With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
CCEL EAP Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
CAE or CPE  minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE with an overall score of 46 and no PTE communicative skills score below 36
NZCEL Level 4 - Academic endorsement
FluentIQ  Overall mark of 8/10 with nothing less than a 7 being scored in a single category.
LanguageCert B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass
NZAPA English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 2 (with no skill lower than Level 1)

The cost of studying at University of Canterbury varies largely depending on the type of university and the degree chosen. More often than not, humanities, arts, and education courses are less expensive than degrees in medical, engineering, or management. Furthermore, students who choose to study at the postgraduate level typically pay higher tuition fees, which again vary depending on the programme chosen.

Most universities provide scholarships or financial aid to students in order to help them offset their tuition costs. Students should be aware that additional course fees and incidental expenses may not be included in tuition.The tuition fees for this program is To Be Confirmed.

  • Learn end-to-end digital production skills, as well as foundational skills in creative design and storytelling.
  • Develop a personal portfolio of digital works and practical experiences throughout degree.
  • Gain industry contacts with collaborations and events on campus.
  • Graduates will find work as game developers, film and television producers, screenwriters, digital artists, creative directors, sound artists, animators, and more.
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