Bachelor of Arts (Major: Film & Screen Production)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

The Film & Screen Production Major integrates theory and practice through an applied study of screen production to provide the creative and artistic tools necessary for emerging filmmakers. You will take hands-on production classes that expand your knowledge in a collaborative environment. Our program will guide you from introductory to advanced screen practices. We offer a range of courses to ensure a holistic knowledge of the craft of screen production across several genres.

  • Why study this major?

    The dynamic and cutting-edge Film & Screen Production Major integrates theory and practice to provide the creative and artistic tools needed by emerging filmmakers. It teaches you practical skills for film, online and interactive media, through hands-on production courses. It also offers an excellent range of critical courses to develop your understanding of film history, genres and cinematic styles.

    Delivered in small classes by staff with strong industry connections and knowledge, the Film & Screen Production Major explores the use of state-of-the-art film equipment, media technologies and production techniques. The practical nature of the Major means you have plenty of opportunities to apply the theory and skills you have learnt such as working collaboratively and thinking creatively.

    You’ll have the opportunity to network with professionals in industry and get involved in community events to showcase your skills even before you graduate.

    Film and Screen Production is available as a Major and Minor in the following programs, including double degree variations:

    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Behavioural Science
    Bachelor of Communications and Media (second Major and Minors)
    Bachelor of Science (Minor only)

  • Structure of Film & Screen Major in the Bachelor of Arts

    To complete a Bachelor of Arts with a Film and Screen Production Major, you will study 24 courses, eight of which will form the Major. Normally you will take at least one course from your Major in each semester. Most Majors build sequentially in content, theme and skills and work towards the acquisition of advanced skills and knowledge by the completion of your third year of study.

    You may also choose to use eight elective courses to study a Second Major in another discipline or six elective courses to study a Minor in another discipline. Then you’ll have four or six more electives that you can select from any courses in the School of Arts & Sciences, providing you meet the pre-requisites that may apply.

    Plus the Core Curriculum and compulsory Academic Writing courses – that makes 24 courses.

    The Film and Screen Production Major includes these requirements:

    Students are required to complete 8 courses of 25 units of credit (200 units of credit), as follows.

    Students must complete the following THREE (3) courses:

    • Foundation level: COMM1210 Introduction to Screen Production
    • Intermediate level:
      • COMM2030 Language of Film
      • COMM2150 Screen Production: Skills and Practice

    Plus at least ONE (1) of the following courses:

    • Capstone level:
      • COMM3260 Advanced Screen Production: Documentary
      • COMM3270 Advanced Screen Production: Drama

    Plus at least ONE (1) of the following courses:

    • COMM3300 Documentary Studies
    • COMM3630 Australian Cinema

    Plus any of the following to make EIGHT (8) courses:

    • COMM1000 Digital Photography
    • COMM1060 Media and Society
    • COMM1420 Introduction to Journalism
    • COMM2020 Screenwriting
    • COMM2040 Digital Cultures
    • COMM3090 Adaptation Studies
    • COMM2300 Digital Media Production
    • COMM3050 Media Ethics and Law
    • COMM3210 Interactive Media
    • COMM3260 Advanced Screen Production: Documentary
    • COMM3270 Advanced Screen Production: Drama
    • COMM3300 Documentary Studies
    • COMM3630 Australian Cinema
    • COMM3008 Communications Internship
    • THTR3090 Fundamentals of Directing

    Details of the program requirements for the Bachelor of Arts are contained in the  Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the Major, Second Major and Minor requirements.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer in 2020 and 2021.

    Please note: The availability of these courses s indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates work in many sections of the entertainment industry as directors, writers, producers, social media content creators, editors, sound recordists, special effects supervisors, production managers and as videographers.

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Film & Screen Production), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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