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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 overview

Discover the art of storytelling on the big and small screen when you study Deakin’s Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation. You’ll explore your creative vision in a supportive environment, working on live-action and animated films across documentary, drama and experimental productions. Immerse yourself in your craft, developing the critical practical and technical skills to work across multiple roles in production and post-production in the dynamic and collaborative industries of screen media, entertainment and culture.

Want to discover your creative vision in a supportive and collaborative environment?

Film, television and animation are powerful mediums for telling stories and expressing yourself in an ever-changing world. Whether you want to produce and direct, work on set or in post-production, or create your own animations – studying at Deakin is the first step towards your dream future career.

Challenge perceptions with your work, drawing from the expertise of accomplished academics and practising creative professionals who are active and well-connected in industry. You’ll establish a community of like-minded creatives to collaborate and create with on real industry briefs.

You’ll be supported and empowered to experiment with new mediums in a flexible environment. Develop a versatile set of skills through practical production experience, film analysis and work-integrated learning. If animation is your interest, you’ll learn clever and creative ways to animate characters and worlds while gaining an understanding of animation principles and production techniques.

Through this course, you will explore:

  • 2D and 3D animation
  • motion graphics
  • directing and producing
  • digital cinematography
  • editing and visual effects
  • screen history, culture and analysis
  • multi camera TV studio production
  • scriptwriting
  • short fictional and factual filmmaking
  • sound recording and design
  • studio and location production
  • the business of freelance work
  • visual language.

Discover new ways to tell stories every day with access to industry-standard facilities and equipment – including a high-definition television broadcast studio, digital cinema RED, Arri and Ursa cameras, sound studio, editing and colour grading suites and stop motion animation stations. You’ll also gain invaluable industry experience through internship opportunities, such as crewing on sports broadcasts through the Deakin LiveStream OB van.

By consistently connecting with industry and working on real-world briefs, you'll develop your professional identity and hone your communication and leadership skills. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a creative portfolio, budding professional network and invaluable industry knowledge to thrive in a sustained creative career in the multifaceted world of screen production.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation
Year

2023 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.

Course structure

To complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation, students must complete 24 credit points including:
  • 3 credit points of thematic core units
  • 3 credit points of employability sequence units

Plus either:

  • 2 major sequences of at least 8 credit points

OR

  • 1 major sequence of at least 8 credit points plus 2 minor sequences of at least 4 credit points each

Remaining credit points may be used to undertake electives.

One major must be taken from the majors offered in the degree in which you are enrolled. The other major and minor sequences may be taken from Bachelor of Creative Arts, Bachelor of Communication, or Bachelor of Design major or minor sequences.

Students must also ensure that they have met the following course rules to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation:

  • a maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
  • a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

A major or minor sequence is a group of units in a particular area of study taken over the three levels of your course. Each unit is usually worth 1 credit point.

A major sequence is made up of 8 credit points, and a minor sequence is made of 4 credit points.

Students are advised to refer to the details of each major or minor sequence for availability as some may be offered in campus and/or online mode only.

6

Thematic core and employability units

16

Major or Minor units

2

Elective units

24

Total

Thematic Core

  • Screening History
  • Screen Practices
  • The Australian Moving Image
  • Employability sequence

  • Your Future Direction
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Leadership and Transformation
  • Communication and Persuasive Presentation
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Expand Your Experience
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Internship
  • Enhance Your Experience
  • Your Professional Story
  • Major sequences

    Please check the rules of each major sequence to see which units you need to complete to achieve the required credit points.

    Minor sequences

    Please check the rules of each minor sequence to see which units you need to complete to achieve the required credit points.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    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)

    The next available intake into this course version will be Trimester 1, 2023 (pending CRICOS approval)

    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.

    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

    Prepare for your future by getting real world experience and the employability skills to succeed, while completing your degree. The Employability Stream is tailored to support you to be future ready. Deakin’s suite of Work Integrated Learning programs can connect you with internships, social impact programs and opportunities to extend your skills in settings across the globe.

    Elective units may alos provide additional opportunities 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 entry requirements page. 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 entry requirements page. 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 entry requirements page. 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 entry requirements page. 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.

    Online 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 online. International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as 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 determined by the course you are enrolled in.

    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

    Apply now

    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 screen and media landscapes and creative industries around the world. Or, you have the flexibility to create your own path as a freelance artist, maker and creative.

    Past students 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:

    • animators
    • character and environment artists
    • cinema and festival programmers and film critics
    • corporate content producers
    • motion designers
    • post-production coordinators
    • production managers
    • editors and colourists
    • screen production crew in directing, camera, sound and lighting departments
    • 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

    Employ established screen production genres, forms and styles to compose and design moving images and sound to communicate ideas. Plan and manage screen productions to create media assets using conceptual and narrative approaches aligned with industry standard techniques.

    Communication

    Effectively communicate the intent, design approaches and ideas in creative screen productions through written, oral and digital form to a range of audiences. Communicate the process of executing the design of the idea onto the screen.

    Digital literacy

    Evaluate and employ appropriate digital technologies for screen genre and forms, and use high level digital film, television and animation production tools to create film, television and animation products to be distributed through a range of digital platforms.

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate and synthesise research to develop proposals for screen projects. Critically evaluate existing practices and concepts as a foundation for developing and implementing strategies to execute production work through the stages of production.

    Problem solving

    Apply discipline knowledge and skills along with creative judgement to solve problems that arise in the execution of film, television and animation productions.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate autonomy, initiative and responsibility, an ability to self-evaluate and manage time and resources to identify, evaluate and research project needs and solutions as a reflective practitioner.

    Teamwork

    Work cooperatively and collaboratively across different production roles and screen forms as part of a diverse team in order to produce screen productions.

    Global citizenship

    Operating within a global context identify and work respectfully with social and cultural differences and sensitives on screen and during the production process.

    Approved by Faculty Board February 2022