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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

ACF104 Moving Pictures: Screening Film History  


Trimester 2

ACF103 Writing with the Camera  **

Level 2 and 3

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ACF202 Documentary Production Practice  

ACF205 Television Production  


Trimester 1

ACF301 Independent Production Practice  

ACF320 Mad Max Meets Priscilla - Contemporary Australian Cinema  *


Trimester 2

ACF206 Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis  

AAM220 Cinemas and Cultures  ***



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


Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3

ACC317 Communication and Creative Arts Internship A  

ACC318 Communication and Creative Arts Internship B  


* ACF320 is also offered by campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne) in trimester 3.

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

*** AAM220 also offered in Trimester 3.

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