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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Digital Media)

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Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Digital Media)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2013$5,920* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Support and Enrolment Enquiries

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Tel 03 5227 3379 or 03 5227 2477

artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au


Melbourne Burwood Campus
Tel 03 9246 8100

artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au


Warrnambool Campus
Tel 03 556 33314
artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au


Off campus
Tel 03 522 73387
artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

 

Course Director

John Cumming, +61 3 925 17644, john.cumming@deakin.edu.au

 

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Support Office.

VTAC Codes1400516031 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
CRICOS course code077404K
Deakin course code A358

New course version commencing 2013.

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.

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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 2013, 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 2013 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.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Digital Media) you will be readily equipped with skills appropriate for employment in the expanding media industries. Your opportunities will include positions such as a creative director, art director or graphic designer within the multimedia industry or within the creative departments of more traditional media industries.

 

In multimedia your career opportunities may include working on the production of CD-ROMs, interactive games and online services such as webpage design. These opportunities exist within industry enterprises, corporations and institutions such as education, entertainment, government and other service industries. There are also employment opportunities in traditional media industries such as film and television.

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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

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Course structure

Animation Core units

Level 1

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ACM138 3D Animation 1: Screen Space, Layout, Landscape  

ACN108 History of Interactive Entertainment  

 

Trimester 1

ACM132 Introduction to Animation  

 

Trimester 2

ACM133 Animation Principles and Practices  

 

Level 2

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ACN203 Digital Studio  

 

Trimester 1

ACM225 Effects, Graphics and Compositing  

 

Trimester 2

ACM239 Digital Animation  

ACM240 3D Animation 2: Character and Performance   

 

Level 3

Trimester 1

ACM327 Advanced Animation  

 

Trimester 2

ACM308 Delivering Moving Images  

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)

Film Core units

Level 1

Trimester 1 or Trimester 3

ACM112 Writing with the Camera  

 

Trimester 1

ACM120 Moving Pictures: Screening Film History  

 

Trimester 2

ACM111 Sound, Light, Motion  

ACM116 Screen Practices  

 

Level 2

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ACM213 Genre Form and Structure  

ACM217 Documentary Production Practice  

ACM237 TV Studio Production  

 

Trimester 2

ACM236 Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis  

 

Level 3

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ACM318 Independent Production Practice  

 

Trimester 1

ACC307 Developing a Project: Ideas to Scripts  

 

Trimester 2

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)

Photography Core units

Level 1

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ACM101 Still Images  

ACM102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1  

 

Trimester 2

ACV110 Texts and Images 1: Ways of Seeing, Reading and Telling Stories  

 

Level 2

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ACM203 Photographic Practice  

ACM204 Contemporary Photography  

ACM207 Advanced Imaging  

 

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ACM202 Advanced Digital Imaging  

 

Level 3

Trimester 1

ACM328 Shifting Focus: Experimental Photography and Creative Practice  

ACC308 New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science  

 

Trimester 2

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)

ACM335 Studio and Professional Photography  

Electives

In choosing electives, students are encouraged to consider taking a major sequence or individual units from the following Creative Arts major sequences listed in:

 

Animation

Drama

Film Studies

Photography

Visual Arts

Visual Communication Design

Dance

 

The following units are also available as elective options in each trimester:

 

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ACM337 Creative Arts International Project Or Study Tour  

ALX321 Creative Industries Internship  

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Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units ASC160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice 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.


Prerequisites

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.

 

 

 

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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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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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 any other English.

 

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

Pathways

This course has pathways from more than 20 Institutes of TAFE and universities in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Credit transfer and recognition is normally available from TAFE and university diplomas and advanced diplomas in arts, business, management, and humanities disciplines.  Students with graded advanced diplomas from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 12 credit points of electives.  Students with graded diplomas or equivalent from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 8 credit points of electives.  There is also a pathway from Deakin University's Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences to this course with up to 16 credit points depending on units taken.

On completion of this course you may choose to apply for an Honours degree or postgraduate study. These studies normally provide professional qualifications directed to a particular career.  Students must have completed a major in the discipline or interdisciplinary area in which they wish to specialise in the honours course. Entry is based on a number of factors, including an average grade of Distinction or High Distinction in the Bachelor of Arts particularly in the discipline in which they want to study Honours and the availability of supervision.  Further honours information.

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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.

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How to apply

Applications for on and off campus 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.

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Other Course Information

Assessment

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, workshop 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 Support.

 

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