Film students learn to read, understand, interpret and communicate visual information that allows them bring their skills to a range of jobs and industries.

Film students study theoretical, historical, and critical approaches to films and are able to critically interpret and analysis production and film theory. Graduates interpret film as both a product of its society, culture or geography and key influencer to it. These skills in visual analysis, interpretation and communication are valuable to a range of roles.

Roles and career pathways

A pathway to move into many roles in the film sector is to start out in customer service, administration roles, or as a crew services assistant, coordinator or intern.Often work in film is part of a portfolio of paid and voluntary roles. Experience can lead to more senior roles such as film festival coordinator, film historian or curator, film writer and critic.

As part of the Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) programme, students do an internship with an arts organisation which provides valuable work experience and connections in the film industry.

Where Film graduates work

Film graduates have worked in the creative sector and in many other fields that use their unique mix of analytical and practical skills including:

Build relevant skills and experience

Part-time work and volunteering during study all help to increase your job prospects when you graduate. The FHSS Internship course run by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science helps develop leadership skills and practical work place experience. Programmes such as Victoria Plus, and Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP) offer opportunities to gain diverse volunteer and leadership experience. Developing complementary practical skills in film-making can begin early, joining a team for the 48 Hours film challenge, volunteering for organisations such as Film for Change or helping with New Zealand International Film Festival.

Make career connections

Alongside volunteering, making connections with individuals and groups during your degree can help your learn more about career and networking opportunities. NZ Federation of Film Societies such as Wellington Film Society is good for connecting with others in the industry, as are  Commercial Communications Council and SPADA - Screen Production and Development Association of New Zealand. Film students can business connections with other entrepreneurs, through Creative HQ and via a wide range of professional interest groups on Meetup. The Alumni as Mentors scheme also helps enhance your connections and employability while studying.

Conor Lui Film graduate