Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation

Undergraduate degree

This undergraduate degree will expose you to cutting-edge technologies, filmmaking and screen-writing while gaining practical experience in screen production.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Take a great story and learn to shape it for film, TV or animation. From documentary and short narrative fiction, to more experimental productions, the Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation allows you to develop your own specialist skill set within the dynamic fields of screen production and screen culture. 

Do you want to produce and direct in the media and entertainment industry? 

Bring storytelling to the screen through a number of production and post-production roles and practices. Through this course, you’ll explore:

  • animation for screen
  • digital cinematography
  • editing
  • film analysis
  • film history
  • high-definition broadcast TV studio production
  • scriptwriting
  • short filmmaking
  • sound design
  • studio and location production
  • the business of freelance work
  • visual language.

You’ll also learn the art of storytelling in 2D and access Deakin’s 3D animation program. Gaining a broad understanding of moving image, graphic and animation practice, you’ll develop clever and creative ways of manipulating and animating images.

Working collaboratively with like-minded students on real industry briefs, you’ll graduate with a working portfolio. Draw from the expertise of our academic staff, who are active in screen production themselves, and gain knowledge and insights from within the industry.

You’ll also gain invaluable industry experience by working alongside your creative arts peers on a range of projects, such as broadcasting the Deakin Melbourne Boomers’ national basketball competition home games through a live stream on Fox Sports.

This course opens up employment opportunities in fictional or factual production for cinema and television – or within the corporate, educational and advertising sectors. You could also work as an animator in the arts or digital content industries.

Read More

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 18 x credit points of compulsory core units
  • 6 x credit points of open electives
  • no more than 12 credit points at level 1
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

18

Core units

6

Elective units

24

Total

Level 1

  • Writing with the Camera ACF103
  • Principles of Animation ACF107
  • Screen Practices ACF106
  • Screening History ACF104 (Formerly ALC106)
  • Level 2

  • Screen Careers ACF211
  • Level 3

  • Major Screen Project A - Development ACF307 (2 credit points)
  • Major Screen Project B - Production ACF308 (2 credit points)
  • The Australian Moving Image ACF320
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship A ACC317
  • Complete three 1-credit point units chosen from the following list:

  • Writer's Toolkit: Craft and Creativity ALW101
  • Foundations of Acting and Performance ACP103
  • Analogue Photography ACI101
  • Designing 3D Motion ADA101
  • Designing 3D Environments ADA102
  • Design Skills ACG103
  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies IND101
  • Complete four 1-credit point units chosen from the following list:

  • Documentary Production ACF202
  • Television Studio Production ACF205
  • Visual Effects and Motion Graphics ACF212
  • Animation Project ACF207
  • Experimental Screens ACF209
  • Short Fiction Film ACF201
  • Cinematography ACF208
  • Postproduction ACF210
  • Acting and Directing for Screen ACA202
  • The Art and Design of Sound ACA203
  • Production Design for Screen and Performance ACA201
  • Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences: Historical Journeys-Contemporary Perspectives IND201
  • Electives

    Complete six electives, of which at least two must be 2nd or 3rd level

    We suggest students complete at least 4 units in a subject area different to their degree, preferably a linked sequence of study in the same area. Students with a strong interest in animation should add units in 3-D Animation, Motion and similar units in the Bachelor of Design. More generally your best choices are often found in the subject areas of the Bachelor of Arts. Additional course elective units can be taken as open electives.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation
    Year

    2019 course information

    VTAC code
    1400516223 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    A351
    CRICOS code?
    095258K
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Assessment

    Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation 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, seminar exercises and tests.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.

    Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on one their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including relevant work or life experience

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply Through VTAC
    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship 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.

    Apply through Deakin
    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Frequently asked questions

    Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

    Find out more about our key dates

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    Find out more about RPL

    Where can I study with Deakin?

    Find out more about campus locations

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    As a film, television and animation graduate, you may find employment in fictional and factual production for cinema and television and in the corporate, educational, music video and advertising sectors.

    Past graduates have launched their careers with national awards and international recognition (through film festivals) for their student work. Deakin’s internship program has also provided a start to successful careers in the field.

    Deakin graduates work across the media and creative industries. Career opportunities include working as:

    • animators
    • audiovisual technicians
    • camera operators
    • documentary producers
    • film and television producers or directors
    • journalists
    • film or television editors
    • lighting designers
    • presenters
    • production managers
    • scriptwriters
    • sound engineers
    • television program coordinators.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to:

    • Compose and design moving images and sound to communicate ideas
    • Employ established film, television and animation genres, forms and styles.
    • Plan and manage film, television and animation production.
    • Devise film, television and animation productions using the common conceptual and narrative approaches in film, television and animation.
    • Integrate cultural and gender diversity in the creation of and representation in, film and television.

    Communication

    Effectively communicate the intent, design approaches and ideas in creative work through written, oral and digital form to a range of audiences. 

    Digital literacy

    Evaluate requirements for, make recommendations in relation to, and use high level digital film, television and animation production technologies to create film and television products to be distributed through a range of digital platforms.

    Critical thinking

    Develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes for making film, television and animation productions, through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice. 

    Problem solving

    Apply narrative, aesthetic, technical, logistical, organisational, critical and interpersonal skills and knowledge to produce film, television and animation productions. 

    Self-management

    Demonstrate autonomy, initiative and responsibility, an ability to self-evaluate and manage time and resources to fulfil the obligation of working in a collaborative environment and to identify, evaluate and research project needs and solutions as a reflective practitioner.

    Teamwork

    Demonstrate the ability to work in different capacities in a range of production team models in film, television and animation production. 

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate an awareness of cultural and social diversity and issues of globalisation in film, television and animation. 

    Approved by Faculty Board January 2017

     


    Still haven't found what you are looking for?