IES-Auckland: Summer Film Production

Program Details

Program Location Auckland, New Zealand
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33004
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2023 06/19/23 to 07/23/23
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Auckland: Summer Film Production

Lights, camera, action! It's time to put your directing, producing, or writing skills to the test. Discover first-hand what draws the global film industry to New Zealand with this exciting program at the University of Auckland. Receive an immersive experience in a production process based on practice in the professional television industry. 

The University of Auckland, founded in 1883, is the only New Zealand member of the prestigious Universitas 21, a global consortium of major universities engaged in research, academic exchange, and quality benchmarking. With about 40,000 students (including 4,000+ international students from 93 countries) the University fosters a diverse and challenging academic environment.

The University is centrally located in the heart of Auckland and covers an impressive 39 acres of land. The city campus has easy access to the cultural and commercial amenities of the country’s largest city, while harbor views and nearby parks add to its attractiveness. The IES Abroad program is run out of the International Office, conveniently located on campus in the Alfred Nathan house.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-Auckland: Summer Film Production

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

You will be in a small intensive course working to create the pilot episode of a serial drama. Everyone in the course has a specific role, such as director, producer, or writer. Acting roles will not be available in this program. Following an industry-style production schedule, the course is designed to give you practical experience in the understanding of the collaborative and co-operative nature of the making of drama for film, television and digital platforms, with strict time limits. 

The program places a special focus on digital and new media as the method of distribution for your production. As well as developing technical skills in multi-camera television production, single camera location shooting and digital editing, you will be introduced to the processes of script breakdowns, casting and directing actors. 

Production team roles will be allocated in the first week of the course. The role you get will depend on your preference as well as your own skills and experience and the mix of skills and experience across the group. Roles are in production, directing, writing, line production, design and editing. Learn more about production team roles

This intensive course requires a full-time commitment. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, with an additional eight-to-ten hours' studio time required per week. In addition to time spent in class, you will also spend many hours outside of class each week in the studio,in script production, casting, on-location filming, post-production, editing, and on field trips.


Even though your adventure starts in Auckland, IES field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Exact opportunities may vary, but could include excursions such as a two-day trip to Waiheke Island, day trip to a nearby location, or even one-off activities to do within Auckland.


You will live in off-campus housing in a single room with access to a kitchen. No meals are provided. WiFi access will be available, though it may carry an additional cost.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2023

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $5,268.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $1,937.00
Insurance $135.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $2,000.00
Local Transportation $50.00
Books and Supplies $200.00
Meals $700.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $500.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

IES-Auckland: Summer Film Production

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email