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Master of Digital Film

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Award granted Master of Digital Film
Cloud (online)No
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code075368C
Deakin course codeA718

New course version commenced 2012.

Course version for continuing students who enrolled prior to 2013.

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Course overview

The Master of Digital Film allows students creative freedom while engaging in learning professional film and video production practices. The program caters for students who have not previously studied in the field to gain foundation skills and is designed to also offer postgraduate options for graduates from the Bachelor of Film and Digital Media or an equivalent degree. The program provides specialist and practical studies to gain professional digital film production knowledge and opportunities to apply this knowledge in a range of production forms.  Major project work will be undertaken through a program that supports students to make original and unique work and to be able to situate their concepts and ideas within contemporary film making cultures and theory.

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  • 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

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Digital Film, a student must successfully complete 12 credit points of study comprising:

  • the core units ACM712 Writing with the Camera (which must be undertaken in first trimester of enrolment) and  ACM723: Visual Research : Theory & Methodology  
  • a minimum of 2 credit points of Research Projects
  • 8 credit points from the prescribed list of units below.

Note. Students wishing to submit film production proposals as research projects must have successfully completed ACC707 and ACM713 or equivalent undergraduate units.

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Course structure

Note: Students who commenced their studies prior to 2011 may need to contact the course director for further course advice Tel: 03 925 17665 Email:

Core units

Trimester 1 and trimester 2

ACM712 Writing with the Camera  
ACM723 Unit description is currently unavailable  *

Research Project units

ALX720 Minor Research Project  2 credit point unit
Or, both following units:
ALX715 Research Project A  2 credit point unit
ALX716 Research Project B  2 credit point unit


Elective units

Trimester 1 and trimester 2

ACM713 Genre Form and Structure  

ALX721 Creative Industries Internship  

AMC701 Introduction to Motion Capture  

Trimester 1

ACC707 Developing a Project: Ideas to Scripts  

ACM702 Directing: Techniques and Aesthetics  *

ACM703 Cinematography  *

ACM704 Film and Video Editing  

ACM717 Television Commercial Production  

ACM725 Effects, Graphics and Compositing  

AMC703 Advanced Motion Capture  


Trimester 2

ACM718 Documentary Methods and Theory  

ACM733 My Story: Autobiographical and Experimental Video Production  


Trimester 1 and trimester 2 and trimester 3

ACM737 Creative Arts International Project Or Study Tour  *


*ACM702, ACM703, ACM723, ACM737 not offered 2014, reoffered 2015.


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