Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation

2023 Deakin University Handbook

Year

2023 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation
Course Map

This course map is for new students commencing from Trimester 1 2023. 

Course maps for commencement in previous years are available on the Course Maps webpage or please contact a Student Adviser in Student Central.

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code095258K Burwood (Melbourne)
Deakin course codeA351
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 7.

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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. Immerse yourself in your craft, developing the critical practical and technical skills to work across multiple roles in production and post-production in the dynamic and collaborative industries of screen media, entertainment and culture.

Want to discover your creative vision in a supportive and collaborative environment?

Film, television and animation are powerful mediums for telling stories and expressing yourself in an ever-changing world. Whether you want to produce and direct, work on set or in post-production, or create your own animations – studying at Deakin is the first step towards your dream future career.

Challenge perceptions with your work, drawing from the expertise of accomplished academics and practising creative professionals who are active and well-connected in industry. You’ll establish a community of like-minded creatives to collaborate and create with on real industry briefs.

You’ll be supported and empowered to experiment with new mediums in a flexible environment. Develop a versatile set of skills through practical production experience, film analysis and work-integrated learning. If animation is your interest, you’ll learn clever and creative ways to animate characters and worlds while gaining an understanding of animation principles and production techniques.

Through this course, you will explore:

  • 2D and 3D animation
  • motion graphics
  • directing and producing
  • digital cinematography
  • editing and visual effects
  • screen history, culture and analysis
  • multi camera TV studio production
  • scriptwriting
  • short fictional and factual filmmaking
  • sound recording and design
  • studio and location production
  • the business of freelance work
  • visual language.

Discover new ways to tell stories every day with access to industry-standard facilities and equipment – including a high-definition television broadcast studio, digital cinema RED, Arri and Ursa cameras, sound studio, editing and colour grading suites and stop motion animation stations. You’ll also gain invaluable industry experience through internship opportunities, such as crewing on sports broadcasts through the Deakin LiveStream OB van.

By consistently connecting with industry and working on real-world briefs, you'll develop your professional identity and hone your communication and leadership skills. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a creative portfolio, budding professional network and invaluable industry knowledge to thrive in a sustained creative career in the multifaceted world of screen production.

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.

Past students have launched their careers with national awards and international recognition through film festivals with their student work. Deakin’s internship program has also provided a start to many successful careers in the field.

Career opportunities include working as:

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

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Participation requirements

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

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.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, the type of fee place you hold, your commencement year, the units you choose and your study load.

Tuition fees increase at the beginning of each calendar year and all fees quoted are in Australian dollars ($AUD). Tuition fees do not include textbooks, computer equipment or software, other equipment or costs such as mandatory checks, travel and stationery.

Use the Fee estimator to see course and unit fees applicable to your course and type of place. Further information regarding tuition fees, other fees and charges, invoice due dates, withdrawal dates, payment methods is available on our Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Employ established screen production genres, forms and styles to compose and design moving images and sound to communicate ideas. Plan and manage screen productions to create media assets using conceptual and narrative approaches aligned with industry standard techniques.

Communication

Effectively communicate the intent, design approaches and ideas in creative screen productions through written, oral and digital form to a range of audiences. Communicate the process of executing the design of the idea onto the screen.

Digital literacy

Evaluate and employ appropriate digital technologies for screen genre and forms, and use high level digital film, television and animation production tools to create film, television and animation products to be distributed through a range of digital platforms.

Critical thinking

Evaluate and synthesise research to develop proposals for screen projects. Critically evaluate existing practices and concepts as a foundation for developing and implementing strategies to execute production work through the stages of production.

Problem solving

Apply discipline knowledge and skills along with creative judgement to solve problems that arise in the execution of film, television and animation productions.

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, initiative and responsibility, an ability to self-evaluate and manage time and resources to identify, evaluate and research project needs and solutions as a reflective practitioner.

Teamwork

Work cooperatively and collaboratively across different production roles and screen forms as part of a diverse team in order to produce screen productions.

Global citizenship

Operating within a global context identify and work respectfully with social and cultural differences and sensitives on screen and during the production process.

Approved by Faculty Board February 2022

Course rules

To complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation, students must complete 24 credit points including:
  • 3 credit points of thematic core units
  • 3 credit points of employability sequence units

Plus either:

  • 2 major sequences of at least 8 credit points

OR

  • 1 major sequence of at least 8 credit points plus 2 minor sequences of at least 4 credit points each

Remaining credit points may be used to undertake electives.

One major must be taken from the majors offered in the degree in which you are enrolled. The other major and minor sequences may be taken from Bachelor of Creative Arts, Bachelor of Communication, or Bachelor of Design major or minor sequences.

Students must also ensure that they have met the following course rules to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Creative Arts:

  • a maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
  • a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

A major or minor sequence is a group of units in a particular area of study taken over the three levels of your course. Each unit is usually worth 1 credit point.

A major sequence is made up of 8 credit points, and a minor sequence is made of 4 credit points.

Major sequences

Please check the rules of each major sequence to see which units you need to complete to achieve the required credit points.

Minor sequences

Please check the rules of each minor sequence to see which units you need to complete to achieve the required credit points.

Course structure

Thematic Core

ACF104Screening History

ACF214Screen Practices

ACF320The Australian Moving Image

Employability sequence

AWL100Your Future Direction

Plus 1 credit point from:

AWL200Leadership and Transformation

AWL201Communication and Persuasive Presentation

AWL202Entrepreneurial Mindset

AWL203Expand Your Experience

Plus 1 credit point from:

AWL300Internship

AWL301Enhance Your Experience

AWL302Your Professional Story

Work experience

Prepare for your future by getting real world experience and the employability skills to succeed, while completing your degree. The Employability Stream is tailored to support you to be future ready. Deakin’s suite of Work Integrated Learning programs can connect you with internships, social impact programs and opportunities to extend your skills in settings across the globe.

Elective units may alos provide additional opportunities for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

Details of major sequences

Animation

Unit Set Code

MJ-A351001 (major)


Overview

Animation is about imbuing characters and other forms with movement, life and story. Animation is also a very effective way to communicate diverse information and ideas in creative and dynamic ways. The animation major at Deakin provides you with an understanding of the history, theory and practice to creatively and intelligently bring your designs to life. It encompasses many forms of animation ranging from stop motion to 2D and 3D animation; and in a wide range of contexts spanning short films and micro content to 3D virtual worlds in game spaces and virtual production.


Career outcomes

A wide range of opportunities exist within the animation, games, communications, film and visual effects industries including but not limited to:

  • animation and animation design
  • pre-production and design development
  • story development
  • visual effects
  • games design and production
  • virtual production
  • visual communication and advertising
  • motion graphics
  • VR and AR production
  • post-production
  • science and medical visualisation
  • corporate and digital media industries
  • education and eLearning

Units

To complete a Major sequence in Animation complete the eight (8) units as specified below

Complete the following 2 units from level 1:

ADA102Designing 3D Animated Environments

ADA107Principles of Animation

Complete the following 4 units from level 2:

ADA201Character Design and Development for Animation

ADA202Character Animation

ADA204Animated Motion Graphics

ADA206Visual Effects and Effects Animation

Complete the following 2 units from level 3:

ADA301Interactive Animation Design Studio

ADA302Animation Project

Note: Incompatible with the Visual Effects and Virtual Production minor sequence

Producing Screen Content

Unit Set Code

MJ-A351002 (major)


Overview

Throughout the Producing Screen Content major, you will explore key areas of storytelling and screenwriting such as story structures, developing characters, action, and genre; screen business including producing, distribution, marketing, and exhibition; and screen culture with a focus on film festivals, audiences and celebrity. You have the opportunity to develop your story concepts and ideas from their initial stages through to a capstone screenwriting project, collaborating with your fellow students through drafting processes to pitch your story for later production.

You will enhance your creative and critical thinking skills through the study of audio-visual language, developments in global screen movements, histories and technologies, and applying these skills and knowledge in practical and experimental projects. Graduates will be prepared to enter the dynamic world of the screen and creative industries as innovative, knowledgeable and collaborative practitioners.


Career outcomes

  • screenwriters and narrative designers
  • screen and creative producers
  • content producers for corporate and digital media industries
  • cinema and film festival programmers and curators
  • production managers
  • film critics
  • screen researchers
  • videographers

Units

To complete a Major sequence in Producing Screen Content complete the eight (8) units as specified below

Complete the following 2 units from level 1:

ACF103Writing with the Camera

ALW103Scriptwriting Fundamentals

Complete the following 4 units from level 2:

ACF206Contemporary Topics in Screen Cultures

ACF209Experimental Screens

ACF211Screen Careers

ALW227Scriptwriting: Character, Action and Reaction

Complete the following 2 units from level 3:

ACF304Celebrity Industries

ACF307Major Screen Project A - Development

Note: Incompatible with the Producing Screen Content minor sequence

Screen Production

Unit Set Code

MJ-A351003 (major)


Overview

The Screen Production major provides you with the opportunity to develop key creative, technical and critical skills to apply to a variety of screen productions from film to television to online formats. You will delve into key creative roles such as directing as well as cinematography, production design, sound design, and post-production. You also have the opportunity to work in fiction and factual styles, as well as crew on fellow students’ productions, screenplays and the capstone project.

You are encouraged to consider your focus in screen production with other compatible areas of study such as drama and performance, media and creative arts to enhance your creativity and collaborations. Graduates will be prepared to make any story come to life on the screen.


Career outcomes

  • content producers for corporate and digital media industries
  • editors and colourists
  • directors and cinematographers
  • film and TV production crew in directing, camera, sound, and lighting departments
  • post-production coordinators
  • production managers
  • sound designers
  • production designers
  • television broadcast technicians
  • television presenters and researchers
  • videographers

Units

To complete a Major sequence in Screen Production complete the eight (8) units as specified below

Complete the following 2 units from level 1:

ACF109Television Studio Production

ACF110Acting and Directing for Screen

Complete the following 4 units from level 2:

ACF208Cinematography

ACF210Postproduction

ACF215The Art and Design of Sound

ACF217Production Design for Screen and Performance

Complete the following 2 units from level 3:

ACF305Documentary Production

ACF308Major Screen Project B - Production

Note: Incompatible with the Screen Content Production minor sequence

Details of minor sequences

Animation and Motion Graphics

Unit Set Code

MN-A351004 (minor)


Overview

Develop an understanding of the theory and practice of animation and motion graphics. You will learn the principles of animation, as well as an understanding of strong motion graphic design and targeted dynamic communications. Encompassing a wide range of tools and current software, which bridge traditional and contemporary innovative approaches, you will learn how to creatively and intelligently bring your designs to life.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Animation and Motion Graphics complete the four (4) units as specified below

Complete the following unit from level 1:

ADA107Principles of Animation

Complete the following 2 units from level 2:

ADA204Animated Motion Graphics

ADD206Information Design

Complete the following unit from level 3:

ADA302Animation Project

Note: Incompatible with the Animation major sequence

Film Studies

Unit Set Code

MN-A317005 (minor)


Overview

Film studies involves exploring historical, textual, critical, and cultural approaches to film, television and animation in local and global contexts, enhancing your screen literacy. Film studies covers key histories in world cinemas, developments in screen technologies and audio-visual language, contemporary screen cultures including film festivals and Asian cinemas, and examining the role of celebrity, stardom and fan culture in the broader screen industries.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Film Studies complete the four (4) units as specified below

Complete the following unit from level 1:

ACF104Screening History

Complete the following 2 units from level 2:

ACF206Contemporary Topics in Screen Cultures

ACF213Contemporary Asian Cinema: Texts, Contexts and Experiences

Complete the following unit from level 3:

ACF304Celebrity Industries

Producing Screen Content

Unit Set Code

MN-A317002 (minor)


Overview

The Producing Screen Content minor introduces you to integral skills and contexts for producing film, television and animation works. You will explore elements of screen language through foundational camera and editing techniques, as well as gaining developing a deeper understanding of the role of the producer in the screen industry. This knowledge is enhanced and supported with units focused on screen culture such as film festivals and celebrity industries for a well-rounded understanding of production, distribution and exhibition.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Producing Screen Content complete the four (4) units as specified below

Complete the following unit from level 1:

ACF103Writing with the Camera

Complete the following 2 units from level 2:

ACF206Contemporary Topics in Screen Cultures

ACF211Screen Careers

Complete the following unit from level 3:

ACF304Celebrity Industries

Note: Incompatible with the Producing Screen Content major sequence

Screen Content Production

Unit Set Code

MN-A317006 (minor)


Overview

Develop your creative and technical skills while gaining a practical and theoretical grounding to create film, television and online screen productions. The Screen Production minor provides the foundations to shoot, design and edit screen works in both fictional and factual formats. You also gain important collaboration skills and apply your learning in the making of a documentary production.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Screen Content Production complete the four (4) units as specified below

Complete the following unit from level 1:

ACF109Television Studio Production

Complete the following 2 units from level 2:

ACF208Cinematography

ACF210Postproduction

Complete the following unit from level 3:

ACF305Documentary Production

Note: Incompatible with the Screen Production major sequence

Scriptwriting

Unit Set Code

MN-A317007 (minor)


Overview

A great film or television show begins with a strong idea. In the Scriptwriting minor, you will learn how to develop your story ideas into a final screenplay. You will explore the fundamentals of drafting and writing scripts and key elements such as character development, structure and action. You will also get the opportunity to explore storytelling and writing for games media enabling you to apply your skills and knowledge across the screen and creative industries.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Scriptwriting complete the four (4) units as specified below

Complete the following unit from level 1:

ALW103Scriptwriting Fundamentals

Complete the following 2 units from level 2:

ALW251Writing for Games: Designing Quests and Characters

ALW227Scriptwriting: Character, Action and Reaction

Complete 1 of the following units from level 3:

ACF307Major Screen Project A - Development

ACF304Celebrity Industries

Visual Effects and Virtual Production

Unit Set Code

MN-A317008 (minor)


Overview

Visual effects and virtual production involve the creation of animated effects and environments for use in live action and wholly animated productions. This minor will introduce you to the history, theory and practice of visual effects. You will learn to create a wide range of animated and digital content, effects and visual phenomena. These creative digital assets will be seamlessly integrated into diverse contexts to enhance believability, atmosphere, and positively impact story, content and meaning.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Visual Effects and Virtual Production complete the four (4) units as specified below

Complete the following unit from level 1:

ADA102Designing 3D Animated Environments

Complete the following 2 units from level 2:

ADA202Character Animation

ADA206Visual Effects and Effects Animation

Complete the following unit from level 3:

ADA301Interactive Animation Design Studio

Note: Incompatible with the Animation major sequence


Assessment

Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Other course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Further information

Student Central can help you with course planning, choosing the right units and explaining course rules and requirements.

Other learning experiences

Public Screenings & Industry Awards: Capstone unit students show their films at the Deakin Film and TV Visionnaire Awards screenings Sponsors include Final Draft, Black Magic, the Australian Cinematographers Society, Sound Firm, Chameleon Casting, Medea Films and the Australian Production Design Guild (APDG).

Opportunities for WIL (work integrated learning ) include Deakin LiveStream, an outside broadcast multi-camera production crew, various industry media companies and cultural events through university partnerships.