Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television)
Course summary for local students
|Year||2015 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$6,253* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
|VTAC Codes||1400516221 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|CRICOS course code||077370D|
|Deakin course code||A351|
New course commenced 2013.
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
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
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
As a graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television) you will be readily equipped with skills appropriate to the expanding film, television, digital media and allied communication and entertainment industries. Graduates may find employment in fictional and factual production for cinema and television and in the corporate, educational, music video and advertising sectors. You may establish your own business in these fields, work as a freelance producer, director and script writer or as a highly skilled crew member in the camera, lighting, sound, design and effects or editing departments. You may also find work with broadcast TV stations, facility and post-production houses or in distribution, exhibition, archiving, research, screen education and cultural entrepreneurship. Graduates have launched their careers with national awards and international recognition (through film festivals) for their student work. Deakin’s internship program, industry traineeships and scholarships have also provided a start to successful careers in the field.
Graduates acquire a range of knowledge and skill beyond those specific to film and television or the creative arts. These include theoretical knowledge and extensive practical experience in teamwork, research, writing, project management and public presentation.
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.
For students commencing from 2015:
|ACF103||Writing with the Camera (previously coded as ACM112)|
|ACF104||Moving Pictures: Screening Film History (previously coded as ACM120)|
|ACC100||Communication in Everyday Life|
|ACF105||Sound, Light, Motion (previously coded as ACM111)|
|ACF106||Screen Practices (previously coded as ACM116)|
|ACC101||Creativity and Dangerous Ideas|
|ACF201||Genre Form and Structure (previously coded as ACM213)|
|ACF205||Television Production (previously coded as ACM237)|
|ACC200||Freelancing in the Arts|
|ACF202||Documentary Production Practice (previously coded as ACM217)|
|ACF206||Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis (previously coded as ACM236)|
|ACF301||Independent Production Practice (previously coded as ACM318)|
|ACF302||Developing a Project: Ideas to Scripts (previously coded as ACC307)|
|ACC316||Collaborative Major Creative Project (final offer 2015) (2 credit points)|
|ACF303||Narrative Film and Television Project (offered from 2016) (2 credit points)|
Students are encouraged to consider taking units from the following recommended electives:
|ACF320||Mad Max Meets Priscilla - Contemporary Australian Cinema (previously coded as AAM319)|
|ACC317||Communication and Creative Arts Internship A|
|ACC318||Communication and Creative Arts Internship B|
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.
The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants. Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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.
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.