Learning The Hard Way

New Zealand students are increasingly being lured into seemingly too-good-to-be-true courses to train for jobs that simply don’t exist.

In 2004 there were 87 courses that claimed to prepare paying students for a job in the film and television industry, 85 of these courses should be closed down – a sentiment echoed by many senior producers in the industry. These courses and many like them target the wide-eyed, fresh-faced youth of New Zealand – kids straight out of high school looking for an exciting career that will provide them with a lifetime of wealth and success. Instead students often find themselves disillusioned and deceived, with debt and a large student loan the only things they have accumulated over the course of their studies.

Learning the Hard way is an investigative documentary that explores student concerns over the quality of some of the tertiary courses on offer in New Zealand. We follow disgruntled students and with the use of hidden cameras, we discover what is really going on inside some of our tertiary institutions. We weigh up whether these students have a case for grievance and, if so, set out on a journey to discover who should be held accountable for the rip-offs.

Director Dan Henry
Producer Laurie Clarke
Executive Producer Vincent Burke
Duration 1 x 43'
Rights Top Shelf Productions Limited

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