South Seas Film & Television School

South Seas Film & Television School

Welcome to South Seas Film & TV School
Thank you for your interest in South Seas and our training courses.

We are a leading New Zealand Film, Television, Screen Acting, Animation and Photography training institution with an excellent reputation for delivering professional industry training. Our intensive hands-on practical courses have proven to be the best way of training people to gain the experience and confidence they need to work effectively in the media industry.

With the continual development of exciting new digital media technology now is an exciting time to join us to learn new skills. By coming on-board what some graduates have aptly described as ‘a fast ride to future success’ you are preparing to take off and become part of an industry that is really going places.

Mission Statement

At South Seas we believe production skills and knowledge are best learned through practical experience. We therefore offer a range of hands on, industry related, training courses. As a training institution our aim and mission is to:

  • To provide a positive safe, learning environment that is friendly towards our students and supports all their personal requirements.
  • To acknowledge and nurture the creativity and full potential of each student without prejudice to race, creed, colour or socio-economic background.
  • To act with integrity, maintain a sense of responsibility towards students and staff and adopt high ethical standards in all our business practices.
  • Provide a quality service that is consistent, reliable, result driven and available at a realistic cost.
  • Maintain an industry relevant training institution that has the respect and support of the industry and clients it serves.

School Background

The South Seas Film and Television School was initially set up in 1992 by Arcadian Films Ltd, owned by Gerben and Nerida Cath. Established in 1984, this NZ Film and Television production company has produced a wide range of programmes ranging through corporate and educational videos to television commercials and children’s programmes.

The rewarding experience of providing work-related training for young people on various productions led to the decision to provide a full-time film and television training course. It also answered a clearly defined need for such a course in the Auckland area. At the end of 1993, the management of all the school’s operations and activities were taken over by South Seas Film & Television School Ltd. This company was specifically set up to further the development and effectiveness of the school and its courses. The shareholding of South Seas Film & Television School Ltd was also expanded to include David Coddington who had been with the company since its inception.

To ensure the ongoing financial security and independence of the school and to comply with the stringent New Zealand Ministry of Education financial reporting requirements, South Seas Film & Television School Ltd has audited accounting procedures including an audited independent trust account to process all financial transactions for its courses. These and other effective measures protect both NZ and International Student fee payments.

Finally, South Seas Film & Television School Ltd guarantees to adhere to all the guidelines established for Private Training Establishments by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the requirements of the NZ Ministry of Education and Tertiary Education Commission.
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