The time and cost could be reduced based on your previous qualifications and professional experience. This means you can fast track the masters degree from 2 years down to 1.5 years, or even 1 year duration. See entry requirements below for more 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 will 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 will develop your own unique style of storytelling across different platforms and for different audiences. In addition, you will 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 tool's professionals use, you will 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 ResearchRead More
- Award granted
- Master of Film and Television
2024 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.
To qualify for the Masters of Film and Television, a student must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:
- 14 credit points of core units
- 2 credit points of electives from the Master of Communication, Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Creative Arts
- Academic Integrity Module DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
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 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 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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.
Compulsory learning experiences
International students studying online may not be granted a visitor visa to complete mandatory components of the course at a campus.
Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning and collaborative research training arrangements.
Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.
Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, you may commence this course with admission credit and complete your course in 1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent).
1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) - 8 credit points
To be considered for admission to this degree (with 8 credit points of admission credit applied^*) you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- completion of a bachelor degree in a related discipline and at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
- completion of a graduate certificate in a related discipline and at least two years' of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
- completion of a graduate diploma or higher in a related discipline
1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) - 12 credit points
To be considered for admission to this degree (with 4 credit points of admission credit applied^*) you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline and at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
- completion of a bachelor degree or higher in a related discipline
2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) - 16 credit points
To be considered for admission to this degree (without admission credit applied*) you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline
^Recognition of prior learning into the Master of Film and Television may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate Postgraduate level studies.
Related disciplines which may be considered include: Previous Higher Education study in Film and Television Production including a major in Film Production or Television Production.
*Recognition of prior learning will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more below.
English language proficiency requirements
To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:
- bachelor degree
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
- other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)
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Recognition of prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning.
You can 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
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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.
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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.
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.
- Graduate Certificate of Film and Television (A506)
- Graduate Diploma of Film and Television (A606)
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:
- 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.
Develop high level skills in the use of digital technologies to produce, document, present, publish and research in Film and Television.
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.
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.
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.