Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television)

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television)
Cloud CampusNo
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code077370D
Deakin course codeA351
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Pipelining course version from 2018

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

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 rules

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.

Level 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101 Creativity and Dangerous Ideas (No longer available for enrolment)

ACF103Writing with the Camera (Formerly ACM112)

ALC106Screening Film History (Formerly ACF104)

ACF105Sound, Light, Motion (Formerly ACM111)

2 Electives

Level 2

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

ACF201Short Fiction Film (Formerly ACM213)

ACF202Documentary Production (Formerly ACM217)

ACF205Television Studio Production (Formerly ACM237)


3 Electives

Level 3

ACF301Independent Production Practice (Formerly ACM318)

ACF302Developing a Project: Ideas to Scripts (Formerly ACC307)

ACF303Narrative Film and Television Project (2 credit points)

4 Electives

Electives and Course Map

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

ACC317Communication and Creative Arts Internship A

ACC318Communication and Creative Arts Internship B

ACF320The Australian Moving Image (Formerly AAM319)

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.