Film, television and animation


Discover the art of storytelling on the big and small screen when you study Deakin’s Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation. You’ll explore your creative vision in a supportive environment, working on live-action and animated films across documentary, drama and experimental productions.

Get work-ready

Take a real industry brief and learn how to bring it to life as you master the art of producing and directing for film, television and animation. You'll have access to industry experts and experienced academics as well as opportunities to build your portfolio through broadcast experience with Fox Sports programs and learning the live process of virtual screen production with Dreamscreen.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

Deakin film, television and animation graduates find employment in fictional and factual production, broadcast, exhibition and distribution across the screen and media landscapes and creative industries around the world. Or, you have the flexibility to create your own path as a freelance artist, maker and creative.

Careers include:

  • animators
  • character artists
  • cinema and festival programmers
  • corporate content producers
  • editors and colourists
  • environmental artists
  • film critics
  • motion designers
  • post-production coordinators
  • production managers
  • screen production crew
  • sound designers
  • television broadcast technicians
  • television presenters
  • videographers
  • writers, directors and producers.

Virtual production requires the close collaboration of many different filmmaking disciplines, both traditional and new, working closely together on stage to deliver breathtaking real-time effects.

Clayton Jacobson – Founder and Chief Executive of Dreamscreen Australia

Deakin is proud to be a partner with Dreamscreen.

Cutting edge equipment and facilities

Get inspired with the latest production equipment and facilities, including world-class studios and professional editing suites. You will hone your skills and build a portfolio of professional work in facilities including our:

  • camera motion control rig
  • grading and editing rooms
  • green screen studio
  • light boxes for hand-drawn animation
  • television broadcast studio
  • virtual production studio (coming in 2023 – Australia's biggest university-owned production studio).

Top 1% worldwide

Get a world class education at Deakin. Our media and communications discipline is ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide – so you can be assured that what you learn is relevant to the industry and your future career.*

Work experience opportunities

Work experience plays a critical role in developing your employability; students who undertake placements and internships are highly sought-after by employers. Students of film, television and animation have many work experience and networking opportunities prior to graduation, including broadcasting the Women’s National Basketball League competition through a live stream on Fox Sports and learning the live process of virtual screen production with Dreamscreen.

Animation student Andrew talks about his one-year paid internship at GM Holden.

We're here to help

If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in film, television and animation, we'll help get you there.

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Research with us

Got an interesting take on new or traditional media in film, television and animation? Take your big idea further with a higher degree by research.

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Recent Deakin research

Participatory Screens: Deakin Motion Lab

The Film, Television and Animation Team lead the Participatory Screens research stream within Deakin’s premiere research facility, Deakin Motion Lab. Participatory Screens is dedicated to community-led projects with recent partnerships that include, the Melbourne Women in Film Festival (led by Sian Mitchell), the Memories that Make us Italian migration documentary project (led by Sean Redmond and Martin Potter with CO.AS.IT.), the Synthetic Scene Creation project (led by Dirk De Bruyn), Light Pool (led by Lienors Torre and Rosemary Woodcock with Scienceworks), and Ladies of the Cemetery, a multi-channel video installation about two 19th century female ‘ghosts’ in the Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery – their home for over a hundred years (led by Donna McRae with City of Kingston).

Film, television and animation at Deakin

Film festivals

Students have the opportunity to take part in film festivals, and learn about their impact, while studying at Deakin. Lecturer in film, television and animation and festival director of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival, Dr Sian Mitchell, talks about the importance of festivals in providing students a platform to share their work with audiences around the world.

Deakin Live - Sports broadcasts

Dr Simon Wilmot talks about the industry program 'Deakin Live' that students from film, television and animation can work on.

The video essay

Professor Sean Redmond talks about the Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation course and assessment formats such as the video essay.

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*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020