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Study Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Otago

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Overview

Dunedin is the wildlife capital of New Zealand with colonies of seals, albatross and penguins all living within the city's boundaries. It is no accident that it has also become a centre for those involved in natural history filmmaking.

Learn how to take factual filmmaking to new heights. Taught in association with NHNZ – the world’s second-largest producer of documentaries – the course is taught by award-winning filmmakers who are some of the best in the business. Films produced by the Centre’s students have won many awards, including the industry's most prestigious.

Science and Natural History Filmmaking is available as an endorsement for the:

Contact details

Tel 479 7939
Email sciencecommunication@otago.ac.nz
Websites Applied Science programme
MSciComm Filmmaking

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication (PGCertSciComm) endorsed in Science and Natural History Filmmaking

Papers
  • SCOM 405 Business of Filmmaking
  • SCOM 411 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 1
  • SCOM 412 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 2

One other paper at 400-level may be substituted for one of the prescribed papers, with approval from the Director of the Centre for Science Communication.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication (PGDipSciComm) endorsed in Science and Natural History Filmmaking

Papers
  • SCOM 402 The Craft of Storytelling
  • SCOM 405 Business of Filmmaking
  • SCOM 409 Introduction to Science Communication
  • SCOM 411 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 1
  • SCOM 412 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 2
  • SCOM 413 Digital Production for Science Communication

One other paper at 400-level may be substituted for one of the prescribed papers, with approval from the Director of the Centre for Science Communication.

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Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Science and Natural History Filmmaking

Papers
  • SCOM 402 The Craft of Storytelling
  • SCOM 405 Business of Filmmaking
  • SCOM 409 Introduction to Science Communication
  • SCOM 411 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 1
  • SCOM 412 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 2
  • SCOM 413 Digital Production for Science Communication
  • SCOM 419 Special Topic
  • APPS 597 (including production of a film)

Notes: This programme requires three semesters of study.

One other paper at 400-level may be substituted for one of the prescribed papers, with approval from the Director of the Centre for Science Communication.

With approval, SCOM 5A may replace APPS597 and one 400-level paper.

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Master of Science Communication (MSciComm) endorsed in Science and Natural History Filmmaking

PapersPoints

SCOM 402  The Craft of Storytelling

SCOM 405  Business of Filmmaking

SCOM 409  Introduction to Science Communication

SCOM 411  The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 1

SCOM 412  The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 2

SCOM 413  Digital Production for Science Communication

(One other paper at 400-level may be substituted for one of the prescribed papers, with approval from the Director of the Centre for Science Communication.)

Thesis: SCOM 5A (60 points) and SCOM 5B (60 points) (including production of a film).

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