Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 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

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$6,305Not applicable$27,520

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

ACF103Writing with the Camera (Formerly ACM112)

ACF104Moving Pictures: Screening Film History (Formerly ACM120)

ACF105Sound, Light, Motion (Formerly ACM111)

ACF106Screen Practices (Formerly ACM116)

2 Electives

Level 2

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

ACF201Genre Form and Structure (Formerly ACM213)

ACF202Documentary Production Practice (Formerly ACM217)

ACF205Television Production (Formerly ACM237)

ACF206Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis (Formerly ACM236)

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

Elective units

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

ACC317Communication and Creative Arts Internship A

ACC318Communication and Creative Arts Internship B

ACF320Mad Max Meets Priscilla - Contemporary Australian Cinema (Formerly AAM319)


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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.