The Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation 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, specific creative crafts and screen careers alongside overseas study tours and opportunities for internships with leading production companies.
Film, television and animation are multidisciplinary creative forms, so this course also provides access to the theory and practice of other creative arts including photography, 3-D 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, television and animation 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 short narrative and animation filmmaking, documentary and experimental forms, team and project management, visual language, digital cinematography and editing, sound design, production design, scriptwriting and project development, directing and high definition broadcast TV studio production.
In Deakin Film, Television and Animation, 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.Read More
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation a student must complete 24 credit points including:
- 18 credit points of compulsory core units
- 6 credit points of electives
- no more than 12 credit points at level 1
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Complete three 1-credit point units chosen from the following list:
Complete four 1-credit point units chosen from the following list:
Complete six electives, of which at least two must be 2nd or 3rd level
We suggest students complete at least 4 units in a subject area different to their degree, preferably a linked sequence of study in the same area. Students with a strong interest in animation should add units in 3-D Animation, Motion and similar units in the Bachelor of Design. More generally your best choices are often found in the subject areas of the Bachelor of Arts. Additional selectable core units can be taken as electives.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 3 - November
- 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).
Looking to start studying in 2017?
Find the Trimester 3 version of this course on our Trimester 3 course page
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.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:
- a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
- a Diploma in any discipline OR
- successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
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.
The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.
Learn more about fees and available payment 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
As a graduate of the Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation 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 animation, camera, lighting, sound, production design and 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, animation and television or the creative arts. These include theoretical knowledge and extensive practical experience in teamwork, research, writing, project development and management and public presentation.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to:
|Effectively communicate the intent, design approaches and ideas in creative work through written, oral and digital form to a range of audiences.|
|Evaluate requirements for, make recommendations in relation to, and use high level digital film, television and animation production technologies to create film and television products to be distributed through a range of digital platforms.|
|Develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes for making film, television and animation productions, through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice.|
|Apply narrative, aesthetic, technical, logistical, organisational, critical and interpersonal skills and knowledge to produce film, television and animation productions.|
|Demonstrate autonomy, initiative and responsibility, 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 as a reflective practitioner.|
|Demonstrate the ability to work in different capacities in a range of production team models in film, television and animation production.|
|Demonstrate an awareness of cultural and social diversity and issues of globalisation in film, television and animation.|
Approved by Faculty Board January 2017
How to apply
Apply through VTAC
If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.
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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
Tel 03 9246 8100