Graduate Diploma of Film and Television

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Diploma of Film and Television provides the opportunity to develop production skills within emerging media forms and opportunities.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Study the Graduate Diploma of Film and Television to progress your production skills through practical experience with the latest recording and editing technologies. Learn more of what matters to you - choose seven of your eight units of study to create a customised degree tailored to your aspirations.

Want the freedom to shape your degree with elective units that develop the industry-relevant skills creative teams are looking for?

The Graduate Diploma 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 transferrable skills – like collaboration, problem-solving and personal organisation – that are crucial for success in media industries.

The course consists of:

  • one core unit
  • five film and television elective units
  • two elective units from the Master of Communication, Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Creative Arts

The large number of electives on offer allows you to create a degree that’s unique to you, your passions and career goals. You can study topics that align with your strengths, or dive into previously unexplored study areas to broaden your creative repertoire. There are eight film and television elective units to choose from, covering a diverse range of study areas from advanced screen production and visual effects, to storytelling and documentary practice.

No matter the units 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 hands-on work, some of which might include:

  • multi-camera studio production
  • documentary production
  • creating screenplays and treatments
  • pitches, proposals and video presentations
  • exercises in lighting, direction, animation and post-production

These real-world assessments allow you to apply your skills on authentic projects while developing 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 award of Graduate Diploma of Film and Television, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

  • 1 core unit
  • 5 credit points of course electives
  • 2 credit points of electives from the Master of Communication, Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Creative Arts
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Core unit

  • Writing with the Camera
  • 5 course electives from:

  • Screen Production: Advanced Techniques
  • Story Telling On Screen
  • Television Studio Production
  • Documentary Production Practice
  • Screen Visual Effects
  • Transgressive Acts in Cinema, Art, Performance
  • Creating Your Arts Business
  • Plus 2 credit points of electives from:

    The Master of Communication, Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Creative Arts

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Film and Television
    Year

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    A606
    CRICOS code?
    0100301 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)*

      * Next intake available in 2023

    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

    Compulsory learning experiences

    International students studying through the Cloud Campus may not be granted a visitor visa to complete mandatory onsite components of the course.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning and collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments

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

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a 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

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. 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 eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight 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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    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.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    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 through Deakin

    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.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Careers

    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 in a global context

    Approved by Faculty Board March 2019