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 Master of Film and Television prepares you for the diverse challenges of the industry, from finding roles that match your interests, to pitching your ideas and, ultimately, bringing your stories to life on the screen. Build practical skills in world-class facilities, and graduate with an impressive portfolio to stand out from the crowd. 

Want a degree that develops your career as well as your skills, so you can give your passion a greater purpose? 

The Master 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.

From your first year, you’ll get hands-on experience with media production projects. In fact, 70% of assignments in the course will involve the production of film and television content. Through extensive practical experience, you’ll develop your own unique style of storytelling across different platforms and for different audiences. In addition, you’ll expand your networks and build further real-world experience with a screen internship. Your internship allows you to hone your craft alongside experienced producers in film, television, sound, animation or digital media, all while developing professional relationships that can help you get a foot in the door when you graduate.

A highlight of the course is learning from our world-class academics in state-of-the-art film and television facilities. Push your creativity to new limits by using the very latest technologies, including digital cinema cameras, an industry-standard broadcast TV studio and cutting-edge motion capture facility. By practising with the same tools professionals use, you’ll feel more confident when it’s time to apply your skills in your future role.

While many of our graduates go on to secure rewarding roles in film, television, media and communications, there are also opportunities for further study upon successful completion of the course. If you enjoy the research project component of the masters degree and want to become a true expert in particular area of film and television, you might like to progress into a Higher Degree by Research

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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)

Year 1

  • Writing with the Camera
  • Screen Production: Advanced Techniques
  • Story Telling On Screen
  • Television Studio Production
  • Creating Your Arts Business
  • Transgressive Acts in Cinema, Art, Performance
  • Plus 2 electives

    Year 2

  • Documentary Production Practice
  • Screen Visual Effects
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship
  • Screen Research Project Design & Script
  • Screen Production Research Project (2 credit points)
  • Plus 2 electives

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Film and Television

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    0100300 Burwood (Melbourne)
    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 2* - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)*

      * Next intake available in 2023

    Trimester 3* - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)*

      * Next intake available in 2023

    NOTE: The Master of Film and Television requires students to be on-campus for discipline specific equipment, software and assessment activities.

    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

    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)

    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.


    Career outcomes

    Graduates will have the transferrable 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.

    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