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.

Work on industry briefs with real-life clients

Use industry-standard equipment in our TV studio

Gain experience and build networks through internships

Key facts

ATAR

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2020 close 6 November 2020
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Late VTAC entry closes 6 November 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

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Course information

Learn how to take a great story and shape it for film, TV or animation. From documentary and short narrative fiction, to 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 own specialist skill set within the dynamic fields of screen production and screen culture.

You’ll work collaboratively with like-minded students on real industry briefs and draw from the expertise of teachers who are active and well-connected in industry. 

You’ll also have access to industry-standard facilities and equipment including a high-definition television broadcast studio, green screen studio, grading rooms and use of our RED EPIC cameras. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a working portfolio, budding professional network and invaluable insider knowledge to give you the competitive edge future employers are searching for. 

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.

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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 (formerly ALC106)
  • Screen Practices
  • Principles of Animation
  • 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
  • Level 2

  • Screen Careers
  • 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:

  • 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
  • Animation Project
  • Cinematography
  • Experimental Screens
  • Postproduction
  • Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
  • Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences: Historical Journeys-Contemporary Perspectives
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400516221 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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

    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.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    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.

    Higher education experience

    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.

    Senior secondary 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 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.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

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

    VET education experience

    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.

    Senior secondary 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 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.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

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

    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.

    Senior secondary 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 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.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

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

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in Art, any Business, Classical Studies, Applied Fashion Design & Technology, Community Services (VCE VET), Dance, Drama, Product Design And Technology, Integrated Technologies (VCE VET), any English, any History, any Information Technology, any LOTE, Media, Creative And Digital Media (VCE VET)I, any Music, Philosophy, Australian Politics, Global Politics, Studio Arts, Small Business (VCE VET), Theatre Studies, Texts And Traditions, Visual Communication Design or Extended Investigation equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the 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. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete 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

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
    • applicants with work and life experience
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

      Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Develop skills to work in the media and creative industries

    Access internships with the Melbourne Boomers and more

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    Use cinema, animation and television broadcast equipment in our studio

    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. 

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