IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
3 years full time
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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
- film analysis
- film history
- high-definition broadcast TV studio production
- 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
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 (includes course electives chosen from Lists A and B)
- 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)
Course Elective Units
Course Electives List A
Complete three 1-credit point units chosen from the following course electives list A:
Course Electives List B
Complete four 1-credit point units chosen from the following course electives list B:
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.
2020 course information
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
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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
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
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)
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.
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 ComparED website.
Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.
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 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - 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
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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.
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
How to apply
Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC
Applications can be made 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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.
Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Why choose Deakin
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:
- audiovisual technicians
- camera operators
- documentary producers
- film and television producers or directors
- film or television editors
- lighting designers
- production managers
- 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:
|Effectively communicate the intent, design approaches and ideas in creative work through written, oral and digital form to a range of audiences.|
|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.|
|Develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes for making film, television and animation productions, through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice.|
|Apply narrative, aesthetic, technical, logistical, organisational, critical and interpersonal skills and knowledge to produce film, television and animation productions.|
|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.|
|Demonstrate the ability to work in different capacities in a range of production team models in film, television and animation production.|
|Demonstrate an awareness of cultural and social diversity and issues of globalisation in film, television and animation.|
Approved by Faculty Board January 2017