Screen Arts (Major & Minor)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

Our world has seen an explosion in screen content and the use of screen-based media. Notre Dame’s Screen Arts Major creates graduates with rich communication and production skills to work with screen technologies in any profession.  Integrating film, performance, photography, and multimedia, this dynamic program teaches you introductory to advanced screen practices. Our internship program ensures that you have opportunities for industry and real-world experience before you graduate.

Screen Arts is available as a first Major in the following degrees:

  • Why study Screen Arts?

    The Screen Arts Major integrates theory and practice in film, performance, photography, and multimedia to create a future-facing program.  Courses combine critical analysis with hands-on production work in a collaborative learning environment to expand knowledge and skills.  The Screen Arts Major is designed to support emerging screen practitioners in our modern industry, guiding you from introductory to advanced screen practices.  It is also an ideal combination with the Journalism Major and Photomedia Specialisation, as it develops your confidence in front-of-camera performance and digital post-production.

    Our Screen Arts courses equip graduate with skills in filmmaking, performance and photomedia to meet the competitive demands of the multidisciplinary screen sector. In addition to the development of advanced professional and creative skills, you will engage in a diverse range of courses to develop critical understandings of screen genres, styles and history.

    Delivered in small classes by staff with strong industry connections, the Screen Arts Major offers you the opportunity to work intensively with professional-level equipment and production techniques.  The Major is supported by a technical program that provides you with the applied skills and competencies needed for the use of studio facilities and equipment. The practical nature of the Screen Arts Major provides you with opportunities to apply theory and skills, work collaboratively and autonomously, and think creatively.

    Our strong industry relationships and the student internship provides Screen Arts students with opportunities to network with professionals and showcase their skills, even before graduation. Our excellent reputation for industry engagement is a major drawcard.

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

    To complete a Bachelor of Arts you will study 24 courses.  These include the core curriculum and a compulsory academic writing course, your eight-course Major, and elective courses with which you might study a second Major or six-course Minor:

    • 3 core courses in Philosophy, Ethics and Theology
    • 1 course in academic writing
    • 8 courses for your Major
    • 12 elective courses from the School of Arts and Sciences, which can be used to form a second Major (8 courses) or Minor (6 courses)

    Students who complete the Screen Arts Major in the Bachelor of Arts will complete the following TWO courses:

    • COMM1210 Introduction to Screen Production
    • COMM2150 Screen Production: Skills and Practice

    And at least ONE of these courses:

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

    And ANY of these courses, to a total of 200 units of credit (or, eight courses):

    • COMM1000 Digital Photography
    • COMM1060 Media and Society
    • COMM2003 Screen Performance
    • COMM2020 Screenwriting
    • COMM2030 Language of Film
    • COMM3050 Media Ethics and Law
    • COMM3090 Adaptation Studies
    • COMM3260 Advanced Screen Production: Documentary
    • COMM3270 Advanced Screen Production: Drama
    • COMM3300 Documentary Studies
    • COMM3620 World Cinema
    • COMM3630 Australian Cinema
    • THTR1000 Theory & Practice of Acting I
    • THTR3090 Fundamentals of Directing
    • ARTS3002 Internship or Professional Project

    Full details of the requirements for this major and minor are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer.

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

  • Structure of the Screen Arts Major in the Bachelor of Communications & Media

    To complete a Bachelor of Communications & Media you will study 24 courses.  These include the core curriculum and a compulsory academic writing course, compulsory Communications courses, your eight-course Major, and elective courses with which you might study a second Major or Minor:

    • 3 core courses in Philosophy, Ethics and Theology
    • 1 course in academic writing
    • 4 Communications & Media courses, including Media and Society, and Media Ethics and Law;
    • 8 courses for your Communications & Media Major;
    • 8 elective courses from the School of Arts and Sciences, which can be used to form a second Major (8 courses) or Minor (6 courses)

    Students who complete the Screen Arts Major in the Bachelor of Communications & Media complete the following TWO courses:

    • COMM1210 Introduction to Screen Production
    • COMM2150 Screen Production: Skills and Practice

    And at least ONE of these courses:

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

    And ANY of these courses, to a total of 200 units of credit (or, eight courses):

    • COMM1000 Digital Photography
    • COMM2003 Screen Performance
    • COMM2020 Screenwriting
    • COMM2030 Language of Film
    • COMM3090 Adaptation Studies
    • COMM3260 Advanced Screen Production: Documentary
    • COMM3270 Advanced Screen Production: Drama
    • COMM3300 Documentary Studies
    • COMM3620 World Cinema
    • COMM3630 Australian Cinema
    • THTR1000 Theory & Practice of Acting I
    • THTR3090 Fundamentals of Directing
    • ARTS3002 Internship or Professional Project

    Full details of the requirements for this major and minor are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer.

    Please note: The availability of these courses and teaching staff is 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.

    Internships: Each discipline area offers you the opportunity to take part in our Internship program where you will learn on location in a real work environment and get credit towards your degree. Overseas internships are possible.

    Service-learning: Service-learning through our Social Justice area combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Placements for some courses are in the local community and there is also the opportunity to take the international version of this course and travel to locations such as Cambodia.

  • 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)
      OR
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
      OR
    • 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 2 successfully completed subjects;
      OR
    • 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
      OR
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
      OR
    • 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:

    FEE-HELP
    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.

  • Career opportunities

    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

    Career opportunities are diverse and depend on the courses you choose.

    Combining complementary study areas can strengthen career prospects and provide greater flexibility in your options for graduate employment.

    See individual Majors for specific career information.

  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Arts BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2020

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    <5N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    <5N/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    <5N/A
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    2184%
    International students<5N/A
    All students25100.0%

    TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Arts ATAR PROFILE DATA FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING ON THE BASIS OF RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION - ATAR-based offersATAR
    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer99.50N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer82.73N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    67.00N/A

    Notes:  

    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Not applicable
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts and related double degree options, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email future@nd.edu.au.

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on international@nd.edu.au.

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