Bachelor of Arts

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Film Studies - unit set code MJ-A000046.2

Burwood (Melbourne)

The Film Studies major sequence aims to develop students' creative and critical thinking while providing a practical and theoretical grounding in the production and application of film, video and television. The sequence puts these media in the historical and social context of the institutions, technologies and artistic and personal forces from which they have emerged.

In level 1, students learn formal and theoretical concepts through analysis of case studies and a series of projects which demand individual input, team collaboration, as well as recording, filming, direction, and post-production techniques. Collaborative skills are extended in level 2 through investigation of team management, narrative, representation, editing, and audiences, as well as the relationship between the actor, director, producer and exhibitor.

Students also undertake case studies in genre and the creative practices and aesthetic approaches of significant practitioners or movements. The final level provides opportunities for students to develop unique and individual creative practices through units including Documentary Production Practice which explores the use of actuality in narrative, as well as the Independent Production Practice, which explores non-representational, contemplative and oppositional structures, together with strategies that rework or synthesise conventional forms.

Level 1

Trimester 1

ACF104Moving Pictures: Screening Film History

Trimester 2

ACF103Writing with the Camera **

Level 2 and 3
Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ACF202Documentary Production Practice

ACF205Television Production

Trimester 1

ACF301Independent Production Practice


Trimester 2

ACF206Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis

ACF320Mad Max Meets Priscilla - Contemporary Australian Cinema

AAM220Cinemas and Cultures ***

The following unit is also available in addition to the major sequence:

Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3

ACC317Communication and Creative Arts Internship A

ACC318Communication and Creative Arts Internship B

** ACF103 offered in Trimesters 1, 2 and 3.

*** AAM220 also offered in Trimester 3.

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