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

Learn how to take a great story and shape it for film, TV and online platforms. Create live-action and animated films across documentary, drama and more experimental productions. Deakin’s Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation enables you to explore storytelling on screen through multiple roles and practices, while developing your communication and specialist skill set within the dynamic fields of screen production and screen culture. 

Drawing from the expertise of teachers who are active and well-connected in industry, you will work collaboratively with like-minded students on real industry briefs. You will have access to industry-standard facilities and equipment including a high-definition television broadcast studio, digital cinema RED and Ursa cameras, sound studio, editing and grading suites and stop motion animation stations. 

By the time you graduate, you’ll have a creative portfolio, budding professional network and invaluable industry knowledge to give you the competitive edge future employers are searching for. 

Do you want to produce and direct in the film and television industry? 

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

  • animation and motion graphics
  • directing and producing
  • digital cinematography
  • editing and visual effects
  • film history and analysis
  • multicamera TV studio production
  • scriptwriting
  • short fictional and factual filmmaking
  • sound recording and design
  • studio and location production
  • the business of freelance work
  • visual language.

Learning the art of storytelling in 2D and through our 3D animation program, you’ll develop clever and creative ways to animate characters and worlds while gaining an understanding of animation principles and production techniques.

Prepare for a career specialising in the creative and technical fields of animation, film, and television through practical production experience, film analysis and work-integrated learning. Gain invaluable industry experience through internship opportunities, such as crewing on sports broadcasts through the Deakin LiveStream OB van.

With applied technical knowledge and hands-on industry experience, you will graduate ready for employment opportunities in fictional and factual production for film, television and digital content industries – or within the corporate, educational and advertising sectors.

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Course structure

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

  • 18 credit points of core units (includes course electives chosen from Lists A and B)
  • 6 credit points of open electives
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

11

Core units

7

Course Elective Units

6

Elective units

24

Total

Level 1

  • Writing with the Camera
  • Screening History (previously ALC106)
  • Screen Practices
  • Principles of Animation
  • Level 2

  • Screen Careers
  • Level 3

  • Major Screen Project A - Development (2 credit points)
  • Major Screen Project B - Production (2 credit points)
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship A
  • The Australian Moving Image
  • 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.

    Course Electives List A

    Complete three 1-credit point units chosen from the following course electives list A:

  • Design Skills
  • Analogue Photography
  • Acting Studio
  • Designing 3D Motion
  • Designing 3D Environments
  • Writer's Toolkit: Craft and Creativity
  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
  • Course Electives List B

    Complete four 1-credit point units chosen from the following course electives list B*:

    Film/Television production-based units

  • Production Design for Screen and Performance
  • Acting and Directing for Screen
  • The Art and Design of Sound
  • Short Fiction Film
  • Documentary Production
  • Television Studio Production
  • Cinematography
  • Experimental Screens
  • Postproduction
  • Film Theory units

  • Contemporary Topics in Screen Cultures
  • The Celebrity Industries: Star Images, Fan Cultures and Performance
  • Animation production-based units

  • Animation Project
  • Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
  • Character Design for Animation
  • Animation, Performance and Capture
  • Motion Graphics for Film and Advertising
  • * students may require specific prerequisites, please check these to select course elective list B selection appropriately.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation
    Year

    2022 course information

    VTAC code
    1400516223 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    A351
    CRICOS code?
    095258K Burwood (Melbourne)
    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)

    NOTE: The Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation requires students to be on-campus for discipline specific equipment, software and assessment activities.

    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

    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.

    Course duration - additional information

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

    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

    Senior certificate of education

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Higher education study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Polytechnic study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    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.

    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 eight 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 international student fees.

    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

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    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

    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.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Deakin film, television and animation graduates find employment in fictional and factual production, broadcast, exhibition and distribution across the media landscape and creative industries around the world.

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

    Career opportunities include working as:

    • corporate content producers
    • cinema programmers and film critics
    • editors and colourists
    • film production crew in directing, camera, sound and lighting departments
    • motion designers and animators
    • post-production coordinators
    • production managers
    • sound designers
    • television broadcast technicians
    • television presenters
    • writers, directors and producers
    • videographers.
    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    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