Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Digital Media)

Course summary for current students


2016 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Digital Media)
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code077404K
Deakin course codeA358

Offered to continuing students only

Course sub-headings

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.

Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Professional Writing for Work 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.

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
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

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

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

Course structure

Animation Core units

Level 1

AMC100Animation Narratives (Formerly ACM132)


AMC104Principles of Character Animation (Formerly ACM133)

Level 2

AMC200 Digital Animation (No longer available for enrolment)

AMC203Effects and Motion Graphics (Formerly ACM225)

AMC2043D Character Animation (Formerly ACM240)

Level 3

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project (No longer available for enrolment)

AMC300Pre-Production & Project Pitch (Formerly ACM327)

Film Core units

Level 1

ACF103Writing with the Camera

ACF104Moving Pictures: Screening Film History

ACF105Sound, Light, Motion

ACF106Screen Practices

Level 2

ACF201Genre Form and Structure

ACF202Documentary Production Practice

ACF205Television Production

ACF206Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis

Level 3

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project (No longer available for enrolment)

ACF301Independent Production Practice

ACF302Developing a Project: Ideas to Scripts

Photography Core units

Level 1

ACI101Still Images

ACI102Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1

ACV110 Texts and Images 1: Ways of Seeing, Reading and Telling Stories (Final year of offer 2014)

Level 2

ACI201Alternative Imaging

ACI202Advanced Digital Imaging

ACI203Photographic Practice

ACI204Contemporary Photography

Level 3

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project (No longer available for enrolment)

ACI301Shifting Focus: Experimental Photography and Creative Practice

ACI302Lighting Design 2

ACI303New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science


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 units are also available as elective options:

ACC317Communication and Creative Arts Internship A

ACC318Communication and Creative Arts Internship B

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.