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Certificate in Introduction to Video Creation

Level 5

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

People on set creating a video
Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: 10 weeks part-time

Palmerston North
20 Aug 2024 - 09 Nov 2024

30 Apr 2024 - 06 Jul 2024

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

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. 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

 Course Hours & Duration

Class schedule:

Palmerston North
20 Aug 2024 - 09 Nov 2024
Tuesday evening 5:30-8:30pm, alternating Thursday evening 5:30-8:30pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.

30 Apr 2024 - 06 Jul 2024

Tuesday evening 5:30-8:30pm, alternating Thursday evening 5:30-8:30pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the UCOL 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 conceptually 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 for Film, TV and Music Technicians, and Producers and Directors, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

The UCOL 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.

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

This programme of study is not open to international learners.

 Advice & Guidance


  • Two classes per week. 
    • UCOL Manawatū and Whanganui - Class times alternate between Tuesday and Thursday evening classes one week, and Tuesday evening and Saturday day classes the following week.
  • 13 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent on research and study to complete your written assignments)

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 have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Te Pūkenga Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

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 (not via the online application form).

 Additional Costs


  • DSLR camera capable of recording video. If you do not have a DSLR camera, you can loan one from UCOL Te Pūkenga. 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 $20 each. Do not recommend pen drive that slides. If not an Apple Mac user you will need to bring USB to USB-C adaptor.


  • Portable hard drive - some people prefer this to a pen drive. 1TB is $125. If you intend to do a lot of image making work, it is recommended to invest in a powered portable hard drive if you intend on storing a large amount of recordings, and imagery.
  • Adobe Premier and Photoshop - this software is available as a monthly download for approximately $40 per month. It is available as paid subscription in Adobe Creative Cloud.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning, a business division of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.