Graduate Certificate of Film and Television

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Certificate of Film and Television provides students with an opportunity to acquire specialist knowledge and expand their skills in the ever-changing media production industries.

Apply your skills using professional-standard equipment

Hand-pick your units to create a customised degree

Graduate with a portfolio to show future employers

Key facts

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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Course information

Get an introduction to the film and television industry and develop a broad range of advanced production skills with the Graduate Certificate of Film and Television. Hone your craft in world-class production facilities and select your units to create a course built for your passions and career goals. 

Ready to take the first steps towards realising your full potential as a visual storyteller? 

The Graduate Certificate of Film and Television is grounded in the everyday realities of the film and television industry. By breaking down some of the misconceptions about working in film and television, our graduates are better prepared for future roles, and more in control of their careers. On top of practical skills for film and television production, the course focuses on transferable skills – like collaboration, problem-solving and personal organisation – that are crucial for success in media industries.

The course consists of four film and television elective units. Explore topics that interest you and build skills that align with your aspirations and take your career further. There are eight elective units to choose from, covering a broad range of study areas from advanced screen production and visual effects, to storytelling and documentary practice.

No matter the electives you choose, you can look forward to lots of practical experience that prepares you for the challenges of the industry. Many of your assessments will involve the production of film and television content, allowing you to apply your skills on real-world projects and develop your unique style of storytelling. You’ll also have access to the latest production equipment in our state-of-the-art film and television facilities. Practise with the same tools professionals use, including digital cinema cameras, an industry-standard broadcast TV studio and cutting-edge motion capture facility.

While there are many rewarding career options for graduates, there are also opportunities for further study upon successful completion of the course. If you want to continue developing your production skills and access sought-after internships, you might like to articulate into Deakin’s Master of Film and Television.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate of Film and Television, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study comprising:

  • 4 credit points of course elective units
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

4 credit points of course electives units from List A:

  • Writing with the Camera
  • Screen Production: Advanced Techniques
  • Story Telling On Screen
  • Television Studio Production
  • Documentary Production Practice
  • Screen Visual Effects
  • Transgressive Acts in Cinema, Art, Performance
  • Fractured TV: Audiences, Formats, Technology and Regulation
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Film and Television
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    A506
    CRICOS code?
    0100302 Burwood (Melbourne)
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    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)

    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.

    Assessment methods

    Assessment will take place at the unit level and has been designed to ensure successful attainment of all Course Learning Outcomes and corresponding Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes over the duration of the course. In particular, assessment of the core units focuses the application of skills and knowledge to produce work that reflects industry practices and standards.

    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

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Bachelor Degree or higher; OR
    • two years relevant work experience; OR
    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate 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

    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
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
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    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. 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.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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.

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    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications for Trimester 1, 2022 open in August.

    In the meantime, why not speak to our student advisers about your course and career options? It’s the best way for future students like you to get expert advice on preparing your application.

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    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Graduates will have the transferable skills and practical experience needed for a successful career in the film and television industry, as well as broadcasting, marketing, advertising and communications roles. Film and television graduates at Deakin have gone on to thrive in roles as:

    • directors
    • cinematographers
    • editors
    • producers
    • production managers
    •  production designers.

    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

    Acquire advanced and integrated understandings of contemporary production practices and contexts of film and television making.

    Communication

    Use specialist film and television technologies and skills to interpret and communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences in academic and non-academic contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Develop high level skills in the use of digital technologies to produce, document, present and publish in film and television.

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate and interpret complex ideas through film and television practice.

    Problem solving

    Identify evaluate and resolve theoretical and methodological challenges in designing and executing film and television productions.

    Self-management

    Acquire the knowledge, skills and initiative to participate in the production of film or television.

    Teamwork

    Acquire advanced interpersonal skills and experience in collaborating with colleagues, technicians and others to successfully complete film or television projects 

    Global citizenship

    Identify, interrogate and communicate the relevance of the ideas and issues in film and television practice for communities and cultures and in a global context.

    Approved by Faculty Board March 2019

    * Application close dates vary. Some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.