Film studies major

Film Studies at Deakin prepare students for a career in the industry by focussing on film and television production through practical work, viewing and analysis.

students with film camera

Why study at Deakin?

Get ready for your new career

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.

Learn from the best

A multi-award winning cinematographer and filmmaker, Kevin Anderson worked in the film and television industry for over twenty-five years as a Cinematographer, Director, Writer and Editor across a number of formats and program types, recently writing, directing and shooting the one hour documentaries 'In The Realm of the Hackers' and 'Trial by Fire', both of which screened on ABC television. His script for 'In The Realm of the Hackers' was a finalist in the 2003 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
As well as shooting the feature film 'The Still Point', Kevin was also the Cinematographer on many award winning television documentaries including 'Rainbow Bird and Monster Man', 'The Buchenwald Ball', 'Angel', 'Riot or Revolution', 'Troubled Minds: The Lithium Revolution', 'The Fabric of a Dream', 'Thomson of Arnhem Land', 'On The Line' and 'Kakadu: Land of the Crocodile'.

Career and Industry

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.

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