Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Take your screen practice to the next level with an honours year. Graduate as a critically engaged, highly-skilled screen practitioner and researcher.

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Key facts


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

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

Course overview

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). You will 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 will 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 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 information

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

2024 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
0100299 Burwood (Melbourne)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8

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 Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Core units

  • Contemporary Debates in the Creative Arts
  • Creative Research Methods
  • Creative Studio A
  • Transgressive Acts in Cinema, Art, Performance
  • Creative Research Project A
  • Writing the Exegesis: Theory and Context
  • Creative Research Project B
  • 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)

    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


    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.

    Course duration

    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.

    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. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher or major in a related discipline with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) (or equivalent average grade indicator) of at least 65 in third year units, or where relevant, final year units.


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

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Non-academic requirements

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

    Admissions information

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    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $8,945 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 on our Current students fees website.

    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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    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

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.


    Career outcomes

    Through the Bachelor of Film, Television, Animation (Honours), you will produce a significant screen production project/folio, ensuring that you graduate with the technical and creative skills that employers are looking for. You will be well positioned for career opportunities in screen production across sectors such as:

    • advertising agencies
    • education facilities
    • film and TV production
    • independent crewing projects
    • independent production houses
    • web-based projects.

    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

    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