Bachelor of Arts (Major: Film & Screen Production)

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

Combining practical and theoretical elements, the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Film & Screen Production is a three-year program that introduces students to the processes, skills and theories behind the construction of both fictional and documentary narratives. The program, which includes a large practical workplace component, ensures you get plenty of hands-on production experience and covers everything from screen writing to digital media production and media ethics.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Bachelor of Arts majoring in Film & Screen Production is a dynamic and cutting-edge program that combines both theoretical and practical training to help you excel in the film industry. Over the course of your degree you will have access to practicing industry professionals who have accumulated years of professional experience, both in Australia and overseas.

    These passionate educators will teach you both practical skills in film production and a critical understanding of the film industry, plus an introduction to the emerging digital media platforms. In addition to Australian Cinema you will learn about the riches of World Cinema, the Language of Film and Documentary Studies. Thanks to the inclusion of 80 hours of practical experience you will be well versed in every aspect of film-making by the time you complete your degree.

    From screen writing to film production, project management and post-production, our graduates develop the skills that help them gain employment in a wide range of professional environments. Whether you choose to work in film and television production, advertising, broadcasting, corporate communications or digital media production, this program will put you ahead of the pack.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

    • CORE1001 Logos I
    • CORE1002 Logos II
    • CORE1003 Logos III
    • ARTS1000 Academic Writing, Communication and Research

    Compulsory courses

    Students will complete the following courses:

    • COMM1060 Media and Society
    • COMM1210 Introduction to Screen Production
    • COMM2030 Language of Film
    • COMM2150 Screen Production: Skills and Practice

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

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

    Students must complete ONE (1) of the following courses

    • COMM3300 Documentary Studies
    • COMM3620 World Cinema
    • COMM3630 Australian Cinema

    Plus THREE (3) of the following courses to make an 8-course major

    • COMM1420 Introduction to Journalism
    • COMM2020 Screenwriting
    • COMM2300 Digital Media Production
    • COMM3050 Media Ethics and Law
    • COMM3090 Adaptation Studies
    • COMM3300 Documentary Studies
    • COMM3008 Communications Internship
    • Screening History and the Politics of Moving Pictures

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

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

  • 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

    • HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number 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 with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:

    • Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
    • STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
    • Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
  • Fees

    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.  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.

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Film & Screen Production), please contact the Prospective Students Office on +61 (2) 8204 4404 or email sydney@nd.edu.au.

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

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