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Certificate in Introduction to Video Creation

Certificate in Introduction to Video Creation

Level 5

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

A photograph of people on set creating a video
Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: 10 weeks, part-time

2022 dates TBC

Domestic Fees: *
$200.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*

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. This is a great starting point to learn how to make quality video content, including 

  • Creative/hobby video
  • Freelance video
  • Corporate video
  • Vlog video
  • Instructional video

 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 (Level 5) (Training Scheme) comprises 20 credits.

The programme 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 

 Learning Facilities

UCOL Manawatū - Excellent industry-standard learning facilities and equipment including Canon DSLR cameras, photography studios, and Apple iMacs equiped with Adobe creative software.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry.


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

 International Entry Requirements

International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or an equivalent test including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

 Advice & Guidance


  • Two classes per week. Tuesday evenings every week , and alternating between either a Thursday night class or Sunday day class.
  • 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.

 Additional Costs


  • DSLR camera capable of recording video If you do not have a DSLR camera, you can loan one from UCOL. The bond is $80 for outside class use, for two days at a time, and is fully refundable at the end of the course.
  • SD card - 16GB or 32GB high speed cards start from $50.
  • Two pen drives - At least 8GB. These start from $12 each. 16GB are $14.


  • Portable hard drive - some people prefer this to a pen drive. 1TB is $125. If you intend to do a lot of photography work, this is recommended. If you intend to do a huge amount, a powered hard drive is recommended.
  • Adobe Premier and Photoshop - this software is available as a monthly download for approximately $40 per month. It's in Adobe Creative Suite in Creative Cloud.


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).