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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

ACM120 Moving Pictures: Screening Film History  


Trimester 2

ACM112 Writing with the Camera  ***

Level 2 and 3

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ACM217 Documentary Production Practice  

ACM237 TV Studio Production  

ACM318 Independent Production Practice  


Trimester 1

AAM319 Contemporary Australian Cinema  *


Trimester 2

ACM236 Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis  

AAM220 Cinemas and Cultures  



The following units are also available in addition to the major sequence:


Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3

ALX321 Creative Industries Internship  **


Trimester 3


ACM337 Film and Television Study Tour of China  



* Students must take AAM319, not AAM219 to complete the Film Studies Major Sequence. Please note AAM319 is also offered by campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne) in trimester 3

** ALX321 - Internship units are normally undertaken in third year (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of 6 units in the specific discipline major sequence. Students also require permission from the discipline supervisor.

*** ACM112 offered in Trimesters 1, 2 and 3.

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