ACF201 - Short Fiction Film

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

2023 is the final offering of this unit

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Rohan Jones

ACM213 Genre Form and Structure

ACA213/ACM413 Media Production: Form and Structure

Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course A351


Students must complete units ACF103 and ACF106



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour (online) class weeks 1-5, 1 x 1-hour (online) class week 6 and
1 x 3-hour on campus seminar weeks 1-11


This unit will provide students with methods and approaches to developing fiction ideas from script to screen. Students will collaborate in teams to write and produce a short fiction film using digital cinema technologies. Through this production, students will be required to review and analyse their working methods and production, to make judgements about the feedback they receive and to develop appropriate responses.

The unit will cover topics such as teamwork, collaborative idea development, story structure and script writing as well as the processes and practices of production and production management. It will require students to demonstrate understandings of film language to locate filmic form and structure within the discourses of genre, style, aesthetic and production practices.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Apply the principles and key concepts of teamwork to evaluate and improve participation within a creative team.

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Understand and participate in the production process of short fiction film creation from script development to screening.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork


Produce film development, production and management documents and plans that lead to effective teamwork

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving


Engage in collaborative critique, analysis and review of creative ideas and artifacts to construct an effective narrative in written and audio-visual forms.

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Teamwork Analysis 1200 words or equivalent 30% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual and Group Tasks) - Film Project 800 words or equivalent 20% Week 11
Assessment 3 (Individual and Group Tasks) - Film Process 2000 words or equivalent 50% Ongoing

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACF201
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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