Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television)

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code077370D
Deakin course codeA351

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television) comprehensively explores the theories, techniques and practices of screen production and screen culture. 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. 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 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 staff – who include active film and television producers, and the industry – through special guests and casual academic staff.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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

For students commencing prior to 2015 click here for the 2014 course rules. 

Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:

Core units

Level 1

ACF103Writing with the Camera (previously coded as ACM112)

ACF104Moving Pictures: Screening Film History (previously coded as ACM120)

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACF105Sound, Light, Motion (previously coded as ACM111)

ACF106Screen Practices (previously coded as ACM116)

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas  

2 Electives

Level 2

ACF201Genre Form and Structure (previously coded as ACM213)

ACF205Television Production (previously coded as ACM237)

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

ACF202Documentary Production Practice (previously coded as ACM217)

ACF206Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis (previously coded as ACM236)

3 Electives

Level 3

ACF301Independent Production Practice (previously coded as ACM318)

ACF302Developing a Project: Ideas to Scripts (previously coded as ACC307)

ACC316Collaborative Major Creative Project (final offer 2015) (2 credit points)


ACF303Narrative Film and Television Project (offered from 2016) (2 credit points)

4 Electives

Elective units

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

ACF320Mad Max Meets Priscilla - Contemporary Australian Cinema (previously coded as AAM319)

ACC317Communication and Creative Arts Internship A

ACC318Communication and Creative Arts Internship B


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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.