Master of Film and Television

Postgraduate coursework

The Master of Film and Television provides the opportunity to become a media professional by developing your 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


Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, the Master of Film and Television is typically 1, 1.5 or 2 years duration.

  • 1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points
  • 1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points
  • 2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points   

Deakin courses can also be studied part time over a longer period.

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

The Masters of Film and Television provides the opportunity to become a media professional by developing your production skills within emerging media forms and opportunities.

This two-year program offers a variety of entry points depending on your previous qualifications and experience.

From first year you will be developing your capacity to undertake a range of media production and work towards completing a major folio project. This includes the development of the significant soft skills required for success in media industries such as teamwork and collaboration, problem-solving and a high level of personal organisation. Students will also gain knowledge and experience in how to present their folio and achievements, toward gaining employment.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Masters of Film and Television, a student must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:

  • 12 credit points of core units
  • 4 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)

Key information

Award granted
Master of Film and Television

2020 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
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 9.

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

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 8 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.

Participation requirements

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

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.

Entry requirements

Entry information

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

Minimum course entry requirements

Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.

1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points

Admission is based on:

  • Bachelor Honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline OR
  • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience OR
  • Graduate Certificate in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience OR
  • Graduate Diploma in a related discipline OR
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points

Admission is based on:

  • Bachelor degree in a related discipline OR
  • Bachelor degree in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience OR
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points

Admissions is based on: 

  • Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline 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)

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 tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

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 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 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 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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.

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

Graduates will be well placed for a successful career in media production from film making advertising, sports media, and broadcast television to the production of online content

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.

Acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake a film or television project or to devise a new, cross disciplinary hybrid.

Reflect on practice, situating it within the emerging media forms and opportunities.


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.

Formulate ideas and engage in discussion of the creative decision-making processes and relevant contemporary ideas in fil or television production.

Develop and communicate research ideas and proposals using written, oral and digital communication.

Digital literacy

Develop high level skills in the use of digital technologies to produce, document, present, publish and research in Film and Television.

Critical thinking

Use expert and specialist knowledge in Film and Television to design and evaluate proposals for projects.

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.


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

Use advanced skills and knowledge to lead production in Film and Television projects.


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

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