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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Digital Media)

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Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Digital Media)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquirie


Burwood (Melbourne)
Tel 03 9246 8100



Course Directors

Rosemary Woodcock (for queries relating to Animation units)

+61 3 925 17765, rosemary.woodcock@deakin.edu.au


Daniel Armstrong (for queries relating to Photography units)

+61 3 925 17656, daniel.armstrong@deakin.edu.au


Simon Wilmot (for queries relating to Film units)

+61 3 925 17665, simon.wilmot@deakin.edu.au


Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

CRICOS course code077404K
Deakin course code A358

New course version commenced 2013.

Course overview

The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Digital Media) comprehensively explores the theories, techniques and practices of a major media discipline, enabling you to build your skills in a range of other creative arts theory and practices.

The major disciplines of Film, Animation and Photography focus on the development of the creative and analytic skills required to successfully apply technique in professional and artistic practices. You will be exposed to diverse histories of the mediums and the critical and theoretical ways in which these mediums can be analysed and received.

The degree comprises study in many areas including narrative structure, exhibitions and folios, project management, visual language, online collaboration and exhibition, digital video and TV studio production, short filmmaking, history and theory of film making, character animation, special effects, darkroom and digital manipulation, small to large photographic formats and photographic history and theory.

The course will prepare you for the opportunities and challenges of the media and creative industries by allowing cross disciple collaboration, multi-skilling, internships, international study and study in professional practice and entrepreneurship. The program draws upon the expertise of its staff - who are active media practitioners, and the industry - through visiting, special guest and casual academic staff.

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Course rules

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

  • 12 credit points of core units which must be selected from one of:
    • Animation
    • Film or
    • Photography
  • 12 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

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Course structure

Animation Core units

Level 1

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ACM138 3D Animation 1: Screen Space, Layout, Landscape  (Re-coded AMC102 from 2015)

ACN108 History of Interactive Entertainment  


Trimester 1

ACM132 Introduction to Animation  (Re-coded AMC100 from 2015)


Trimester 2

ACM133 Animation Principles and Practices  (Re-coded AMC104 from 2015)


Level 2

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ACN203 Digital Studio  


Trimester 1

ACM225 Effects, Graphics and Compositing  (Re-coded AMC203 from 2015)


Trimester 2

ACM239 Digital Animation  (Re-coded AMC200 from 2015)

ACM240 3D Animation 2: Character and Performance   (Re-coded AMC204 from 2015)


Level 3

Trimester 1

ACM327 Advanced Animation  (Re-coded AMC300 from 2015)


Trimester 2

ACM308 Delivering Moving Images  (Re-coded AMC301 from 2015)

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)

Film Core units

Level 1

Trimester 1

ACM112 Writing with the Camera  *

ACM120 Moving Pictures: Screening Film History  


Trimester 2

ACM111 Sound, Light, Motion  

ACM116 Screen Practices  


Level 2

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ACM213 Genre Form and Structure  

ACM217 Documentary Production Practice  

ACM237 TV Studio Production  


Trimester 2

ACM236 Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis  


Level 3

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ACM318 Independent Production Practice  


Trimester 1

ACC307 Developing a Project: Ideas to Scripts  


Trimester 2

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)


* ACM112 offered in Trimesters 1, 2 and 3.

Photography Core units

Level 1

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ACM101 Still Images  

ACM102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1  


Trimester 2

ACV110 Texts and Images 1: Ways of Seeing, Reading and Telling Stories  


Level 2

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ACM203 Photographic Practice  

ACM204 Contemporary Photography  

ACM207 Advanced Imaging  


Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ACM202 Advanced Digital Imaging  


Level 3

Trimester 1

ACM328 Shifting Focus: Experimental Photography and Creative Practice  

ACC308 New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science  


Trimester 2

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)

ACM335 Studio and Professional Photography  


In choosing electives, students are encouraged to consider taking a major sequence or individual units from the following Creative Arts major sequences listed in:




Film Studies


Visual Arts

Visual Communication Design



The following unit is also available as an elective option:


Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ALX321 Creative Industries Internship  

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Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units ASC160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.


Because a number of disciplinary studies are cumulative in knowledge, technical competencies and/or study and research skills there are prerequisites which direct students to take some units before others. Students must seek advice from a course adviser before enrolling in units for which they do not have prerequisite or recommended units.





This course has pathways from more than 20 Institutes of TAFE and universities in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Credit transfer and recognition is normally available from TAFE and university diplomas and advanced diplomas in arts, business, management, and humanities disciplines.  Students with graded advanced diplomas from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 12 credit points of electives.  Students with graded diplomas or equivalent from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 8 credit points of electives.  There is also a pathway from Deakin University's Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences to this course with up to 16 credit points depending on units taken.

On completion of this course you may choose to apply for an Honours degree or postgraduate study. These studies normally provide professional qualifications directed to a particular career.  Students must have completed a major in the discipline or interdisciplinary area in which they wish to specialise in the honours course. Entry is based on a number of factors, including an average grade of Distinction or High Distinction in the Bachelor of Arts particularly in the discipline in which they want to study Honours and the availability of supervision.  Further honours information.

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Other 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.


Cross-institutional arrangements
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts Student Services.


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