Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television)



Explore the professional technologies, creative practices and insightful theories of screen production within a dynamic setting strongly linked to the creative arts and communications industry. Apply to study a Film and Television course.

The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television) at Deakin University provides a hands-on education using state of the art technology within an inspiring creative arts environment. Deakin Film & Television students have the flexibility to be multi-skilled and to create their own specialist skill-sets within the broad and dynamic fields of screen production and screen culture. The course includes units in studio and location production, film analysis, creativity and the business of freelance work alongside overseas study tours and opportunities for internships with leading production companies. 

Film and television are multidisciplinary creative forms, so this course also provides access to the theory and practice of other creative arts including photography, animation and motion capture, drama, dance, visual arts and visual communication design. You can further tailor your own set of skills and knowledge by taking elective units from across the University.

The major discipline of film and television focuses on the development of the creative and analytic skills required for successful, professional and artistic practice. The degree comprises study in many areas including narrative genre and structure, documentary and experimental forms, team and project management, visual language, digital cinematography and editing, sound design, high definition broadcast TV studio production, scriptwriting and short filmmaking. 

In Deakin Film and Television, you will be exposed to a range of historical, theoretical and critical approaches to the production, reception and analysis of global screen culture.

The course will prepare you for the changing opportunities and challenges of the media and creative industries by allowing cross-discipline collaboration, multi-skilling, internships, international study, and study in professional practice and entrepreneurship. The program draws upon the expertise of its academic staff (who are active in screen production themselves) together with special guests from industry.


Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2016

Burwood: 70.20


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television)


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$6,393 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

VTAC code

1400516221 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code






Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.  In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.  For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

In order to be considered for admission to an honours degree, applicants must have completed the requirements for an undergraduate degree or equivalent, and have results that indicate they are capable of undertaking an honours program.

Applicants are also advised to complete requirements and read further information which is found at the School of Communication and Creative Arts web page.

Career outcomes

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television) you will be readily equipped with skills appropriate to the expanding film, television, digital media and allied communication and entertainment industries. Graduates may find employment in fictional and factual production for cinema and television and in the corporate, educational, music video and advertising sectors. You may establish your own business in these fields, work as a freelance producer, director and script writer or as a highly skilled crew member in the camera, lighting, sound, design and effects or editing departments. You may also find work with broadcast TV stations, facility and post-production houses or in distribution, exhibition, archiving, research, screen education and cultural entrepreneurship. Graduates have launched their careers with national awards and international recognition (through film festivals) for their student work. Deakin’s internship program, industry traineeships and scholarships have also provided a start to successful careers in the field.
Graduates acquire a range of knowledge and skill beyond those specific to film and television or the creative arts. These include theoretical knowledge and extensive practical experience in teamwork, research, writing, project management and public presentation. 

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Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to:

  • Compose and design moving images and sound to communicate ideas
  • Employ established film and television genres, forms and styles.
  • Plan and manage film and television production.
  • Devise film and television productions using the common approaches to narrative and non-narrative in film and television.
  • Integrate cultural and gender diversity in the creation of and representation in, film and television.


Effectively communicate the intent, design approaches and ideas in creative work through written, oral and digital form to a range of audiences. 

Digital literacy

Evaluate requirements for, make recommendations in relation to, and use high level digital film and television production technologies to create film and television products to be distributed through a range of digital platforms.

Critical thinking

Develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes for making film and television productions, through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice. 

Problem solving

Apply narrative, aesthetic, technical, logistical, organisational, critical and Interpersonal skills and knowledge to produce film and television productions. 


Demonstrate initiative and reliability, an ability to self-evaluate and manage time and resources to fulfil the obligation of working in a collaborative environment and to identify, evaluate and research project needs and solutions.


Demonstrate the ability to work in different capacities in a range of production team models in film and television production. 

Global citizenship

Demonstrate an awareness of cultural and social diversity and issues of globalisation in the making of film and television productions. 

Approved by Faculty Board October 2015


Course Structure

For students commencing from 2015:

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 15 credit points of compulsory core units
  • 9 credit points of electives
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1

Students who commenced 2013-2014 should follow the course rules and structure shown in the handbook for their year of commencement.


Core units


Elective units



Level 1

  • Communication in Everyday Life ACC100
  • Creativity and Dangerous Ideas ACC101
  • Writing with the Camera ACF103 (Formerly ACM112)
  • Moving Pictures: Screening Film History ACF104 (Formerly ACM120)
  • Sound, Light, Motion ACF105 (Formerly ACM111)
  • Screen Practices ACF106 (Formerly ACM116)
  • 2 Electives

    Level 2

  • Freelancing in the Arts ACC200
  • Genre Form and Structure ACF201 (Formerly ACM213)
  • Documentary Production Practice ACF202 (Formerly ACM217)
  • Television Production ACF205 (Formerly ACM237)
  • Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis ACF206 (Formerly ACM236)
  • 3 Electives

    Level 3

  • Independent Production Practice ACF301 (Formerly ACM318)
  • Developing a Project: Ideas to Scripts ACF302 (Formerly ACC307)
  • Narrative Film and Television Project ACF303 (2 credit points)
  • 4 Electives

    Electives and Course Map

    Students are encouraged to consider taking units from the following recommended electives:

  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship A ACC317
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship B ACC318
  • Mad Max Meets Priscilla - Contemporary Australian Cinema ACF320 (Formerly AAM319)
  • Course Map

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    However, you should apply directly to Deakin if you are not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or you're applying for a Deakin course which is not listed on the VTAC website.

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    Apply direct to Deakin

    If you're applying to start studying in Trimester 3 2016, you'll need to apply directly to Deakin.

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Course pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information


    Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.

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