English language requirements
IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
Current Deakin Students
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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.Read More
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:
2021 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
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 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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more 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
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
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
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which 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 you have.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. 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 tuition fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
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.
How to apply
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.
Why choose Deakin
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:
- 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.|
|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.|
|Develop high level skills in the use of digital technologies to produce, document, present and publish in film and television.|
|Evaluate and interpret complex ideas through film and television practice.|
|Identify evaluate and resolve theoretical and methodological challenges in designing and executing film and television productions.|
|Acquire the knowledge, skills and initiative to participate in the production of film or television.|
|Acquire advanced interpersonal skills and experience in collaborating with colleagues, technicians and others to successfully complete film or television projects|
|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