Master of Digital Film

Course summary for current students


2016 course information

Award granted Master of Digital Film

Burwood (Melbourne)

Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code075368C
Deakin course codeA718

Offered to continuing students only

Course sub-headings

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.

Alternative exits

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:

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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 Master of Digital Film, a student must successfully complete 12 credit points of study comprising:

  • the core units ACF700 Writing with the Camera (which must be undertaken in first trimester of enrolment) and  ACM723 Visual Research : Theory & Methodology (ACM723 final year of offer 2014)
  • 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 (ACC707 final year of offer 2014) and ACM713 (ACM713 final year of offer 2014) or equivalent undergraduate units.

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

ACF700Writing with the Camera

Research Project units

ALX720Minor Research Project (2 credit point unit)

Or, both following units:

ALX715Research Project A (2 credit point unit)

ALX716Research Project B (2 credit point unit)

Elective units

ACC700Communication and Creative Arts Internship

ACF702Television Commercial Production

ACF705Documentary Production Practice

ACM702 Directing: Techniques and Aesthetics (Final year of offer 2014)

ACM703 Cinematography (Final year of offer 2014)

ACM704 Film and Video Editing (Final year of offer 2014)