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 2 2020 close 10 July 2020

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. 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. Find out more about the course online and apply today.

Honours is a fourth year of an undergraduate degree. The Honours year provides a dynamic environment of cross fertilisation and learning from each other. The programme enables you to take your knowledge and your screen practice to the next level. You will be treated as an independent screen practitioner and your experience will be quite different from that you have experienced as an undergraduate. Whether you are individual practitioners or working in a creative team, you will emerge from the Honours programme as a critically engaged and highly skilled screen practitioner and researcher.

The Honours programme at Deakin involves screen practice and 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. Honours allows you the time to focus closely on your screen practice. The Bachelor of Film, TV, Animation (Honours) has a deliberate focus to allow students to enter a single degree and receive highly regarded learning experiences in screen practice and research.

Upon completion of your Honours year you can apply for direct entry into the second year of the Masters of Film, TV, and Animation by coursework or you can choose to undertake a Masters of Film, Masters of Creative Arts or a Master of Arts. You might decide to go on to a PhD, which is a high-level research degree.

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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)

Key information

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

2020 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)

New course commencing 2020

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

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

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 will be based on performance in:

  • 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

Applicants are also advised to read further information and complete requirements – see Information and Application form

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
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$6,684 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

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

Applications through VTAC have now closed.

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Application Portal.

Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

How to apply

Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

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

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