South Seas
Film School Campus

About South Seas


South Seas Film & Television School has been fuelling the film and television industry for 27 years.

Founded by Gerben Cath in 1991 using his film production studio facilities on Auckland's North Shore, our South Seas Film and Television training is grounded in intensive, practical courses.

The school has bred an army of creatives in post-production, directing, scriptwriting, art and design, animation and VFX, acting and photography.

Throw a stone at a film set in New Zealand and you're bound to hit a South Seas Film & Television School graduate.

Check our campus in the video below.

What we teach

Artistic? Technical? Organised? Whatever your strengths, our practical programmes help you turn them into a specialist role, from directing and screenwriting to on-screen acting or post production.

Our focus is on one-year intensives, so you can get the skills you need in a short time and move directly into the industry.


Documentary Directing

Camera Audio and Lighting

Production Management


On-screen Acting

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Supplying work-ready graduates to the film and television industry for over 27 years, this intense practical course covers drama directing and scriptwriting,...

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If acting is your passion, this two year diploma offers you rigorous actor training - helping you carve a sustainable lifelong acting career.

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This intensive 19 week Film and TV sets course will give you introductory skills in the art department, and the confidence to be part of the team who create...

Considering studying at South Seas? Then try one of our short courses! 

We’ve created these introductory courses as a way to allow students to test their skills in their chosen areas. The full-time programmes are exclusive, and completing an introductory course can be an excellent way of getting your foot in the door.


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This 3 day introductory course is designed to give students an insight into the methods and techniques taught and training practices used on the Yoobee Colleges...

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The course is aimed at introducing students to the basic video production skills used in studio and location recording and postproduction editing of television...

Tour the studio

Set up like a real-life Hollywood-style studio, the South Seas Film School Campus is a 40,000 square foot production complex housing every piece of specialty equipment you could need to bring your ideas to life.

Focused around one-year intensives, your studies here replicate the rigours of the industry and you will graduate ready to hit the ground running.

About South Seas

Interested in kicking off your career?

Our friendly course advisors can help with everything you need to know including an outline of study options, key information about enrolment, and all our campuses spread around New Zealand.

From 11:59pm on 2 December, New Zealand will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework. This means onsite learning will resume for all courses in all locations throughout New Zealand. If you have any questions, contact your tutor. For regular Alert Level updates, visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.