Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Build your current skills, critical engagement and depth of knowledge, by undertaking research and an advanced screen project through the Deakin's Bachelor of Film, TV, Animation (Honours) course.

Key facts


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Take your screen practice to the next level with an honours year. Build on the practical skills and depth of knowledge developed in the first three years of your degree by undertaking an advanced research project through Deakin's Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation (Honours). Treated as an independent professional, you’ll undergo an elevated study experience to emerge as a critically engaged, highly skilled screen practitioner and researcher. 

The honours program opens doors to a career in the screen industry or the opportunity to delve deeper into your research with a masters degree or PhD. By completing an additional year of specialised study, you’ll produce a significant screen production folio and gain that edge future employers are searching for in an industry-renowned for its competitiveness. 

Do you want to further your skills in film, television and animation? 

You will be treated as an independent screen practitioner and your experience will be quite different from that you have experienced as an undergraduate student. Whether you are working as an individual practitioner or working in a creative team, you will emerge from your honours year as a critically engaged and highly skilled screen practitioner and researcher.

Take a deep dive into screen practice and build knowledge in traditional scholarly research. We teach you the fundamental skills of traditional scholarly research so that you can successfully locate your screen practice in the field and critically engage with the work of others.

An honours year allows you the time to focus closely on your screen practice. The course has a deliberate focus to allow students to enter a single degree and receive highly regarded learning experiences in screen practice and research.

After graduating, you can further your studies in research or professional practice by applying for direct entry into second year of the Master of Film and Television by coursework, a Master of Arts by Research, or you could pursue a PhD.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation (Honours) students are required to complete 8 credit points including:

  • 8 x credit points of compulsory core units (7 units)
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Core units

  • Contemporary Debates in the Creative Arts
  • Methods and Design for Creative Arts Research
  • Creative Studio A
  • Transgressive Acts in Cinema, Art, Performance
  • Research Project 1
  • Research Project 2
  • Research Project 3
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation (Honours)

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    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 8.

    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)

    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.

    There is an option with course director approval for students to complete the program over two trimesters.

    International students are required to study full-time to complete their course within the duration registered on CRICOS.


    The assessment of the written exegesis and creative practice (a short film project) will be panel based. Embedded in units there will be draft essays, practical submissions, workshops and presentations to provide guidance to students.

    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. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

    Participation requirements

    Compulsory learning experiences

    Completion of compulsory technical skills or workshops are required for all students enrolled into the Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation (Honours). This is equivalent to approximately 2 X 2-hour sessions per year.

    Reasonable adjustments

    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

    Higher education experience

    If you have successfully completed your higher education program, your selection is based on the following.

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


    • a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

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


    Applicants are also advised to read further information and complete requirements outlined see Information and Application form.  These requirements may include work experience, reasons for undertaking the course, previous academic information and your research proposal. 

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

    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 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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    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.
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    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
    • recent Year 12 student who completed secondary education in the past two years.

    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:

    • applicants with work and life experience, who left secondary education more than two years ago
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

      Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply to VTAC.

    Entry pathways

    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 for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Students who have a Bachelor qualification in an equivalent course will be considered for the Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation (Honours) program.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    The aim of the Bachelor of Film, TV, Animation (Honours) is to use real world learning strategies to increase student’s employability by producing a significant screen production project/folio. This will position the student to apply for jobs in the following spaces: Film production, TV production, Independent production houses, Advertising agencies, education facilities, independent crewing projects and anywhere where screen-based work exists.

    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

    Identify and apply reflective practice-led research within a screen practice context that incorporates non-traditional research and relevant traditional research that critically engage with histories, traditions and contemporary ideas within screen culture.


    Articulate the relationship between practical creative processes and discipline specific and interdisciplinary ideas to inform discussions of screen based works, decision-making processes and relevant contemporary ideas in screen culture.
    Digital literacy Critically integrate digital strategies in screen practice inquiry and engage with and apply digital technologies that actualize an emerging professional identity.  

    Critical thinking

    Investigate, evaluate and synthesize ideas within screen discourse in order to establish the relationship of a selection of ideas focused through a screen-based project.

    Problem solving

    Identify, evaluate and select the methods, techniques and processes to best investigate proposed screen based project; and engage with discovery and ambiguity characteristic of creative practice.


    Communicate with supervisors, technical staff and collaborators and develop a responsive approach to critical feedback in the context of practice- led research.


    Contribute to the critical culture of creative practice through peer feedback, group critique and participation in industry standard forums.

    Global citizenship

    Establish ethical approaches that recognise the value of screen practice in diverse communities and cultures and transfer creative practice outcomes into real world contexts.

    Approved by Faculty Board March 2019