Bachelor of Film and Television
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Course in detail
This degree provides the creative, practical and critical processes that define film and television production today and which will open up new possibilities in the future. The program emphasises, through collaborative projects and lectures, digital media production, particularly in relation to advanced production skills, creative direction and project management.
- The Film and Television professional major of 16 units of study (200 credit points), and
- A co-major of 8 units (100 credit points) or 2 minors of 4 units (50 credit points) each
In addition to the above, students must complete a compulsory unit of study HDD0009 Careers in the Curriculum to be awarded the degree. Careers in the Curriculum is an innovative unit designed to assist Swinburne students to enhance their employability and career prospects. Careers in the Curriculum has been developed by Swinburne Careers and Employment who provide advice and feedback on completing job applications and undergoing interviews, directed at obtaining graduate employment. Careers in the Curriculum is a compulsory unit usually undertaken in second year. Students will not incur a HECS or fee debt as the cost will be met by the university as part of an initiative to enhance students' employability skills.
Electives Plus sequences
Electives Plus sequences provide Swinburne degree students with options to broaden their career skills and strengthen their employability by selecting from units of study outside their degree discipline.
Students undertaking this course can choose to study Electives Plus sequences from one of the following themes:
- Effective Communication
- Establishing and Running a Business - pre 2009
- Italian Language Practice and Culture - pre 2009
- Enterprising Marketing - pre 2009
- Multimedia: Web Development
- Information Orientation and Knowledge Management
- Undergraduate Research Skills
- Design: Process and Strategy Electives Plus sequence
- The Networked Economy
Students will also have access to a small set of approved individual Options Plus units of study which provide either a distinctive learning experience or targeted study support. This could include optional study tours. In some cases, students may be required or request to take specially targeted Options Plus units, for example, the Analysing and Writing English unit to be offered for credit in Winter Term for NESB students. Students undertaking a full 300cp course are allowed to substitute at least one Options Plus unit for one existing unit within their Co-Major or Minor but not in their Professional Major. They will be advised by their Faculty on which unit(s) of their sequence.
The Faculty of Design is offering an optional six-week Winter and Summer term allowing you to complete extra study between the standard semesters. These terms are not mandatory. However, if you wish to vary your study load you may want to consider this option.
Students can apply to participate in an exchange program or a study tour program as part of their degree.
Film and Television Major - 2010 on
These co-majors are available to all Swinburne students, timetable permitting.
Communication Design Co-Major - 2010 on
Digital Media Design Co-Major - 2011 on
Industrial Design Co-Major - 2010 on
Interior Design Co-Major - 2010 on
Co-majors can be taken from any discipline across the university, timetable permitting. See the co-majors 2010 page for more information.
Note: Some minor sequences do require knowledge of specific software.
Minors can be taken from any school across the university, timetable permitting. See the minors 2010 page for more information.
Film and Television Theory Minor - 2010 on
3D Animation and Modeling Advanced Minor - 2010 on
Design Studies Minor - 2010 on
Communication Design Minor - 2010 on
Digital Media Design Minor - 2011 on
Interior Design Minor - 2010 on
Industrial Design Minor - 2010 on
Units of study
Note: For students commencing at mid-year, units may be offered in a different sequence.
HDFTV111 Scriptwriting and Directing Narrative Film
HDFTV112 Production Techniques
HDFTV113 Postproduction and Editing
HDFTV2222 Classic Film Screening Series - Production and Direction
HDFTV1222 Film Screening Series - Contemporary Cinema
HDFTV123 Production Management/ Sound Design
HDFTV121 Documentary Production
HDFTV223 Screen editing techniques and DVD Authoring
HDFTV212 Cinematography and Lighting: Film Production HDFTV211 Scriptwriting & Directing: Film & TV Production
HDFTV221 Cinematography & Lighting: Broadcast Tape
HDFTV313 Sound Design for Screen
HDFTV311 Scriptwriting and Directing: Major film and TV productions
HDFTV322 Advanced Postproduction and Digital Outcomes
HDFTV324 Major Film and Television Production
HDP050 Industry Placement 1 (37.5 credit points)
HDP055 Industry Placement 2 (37.5 credit points)
Any two 12.5 credit point subject from Stage 3 units of study
Aims and objectives
- Acquire a systematic and coherent body of knowledge, the underlying principles and concepts, and the associated communication and problem-solving skills
- Develop academic skills and attributes necessary to undertake Film and Television research, comprehend and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources
- Develop the ability to review, consolidate, extend and apply the knowledge and techniques learnt, including in a professional context
- Gain a foundation for self-directed and life-long learning
- Gain interpersonal and teamwork skills appropriate to employment and/or further study
- Australian Screen Editors Guild
Industry Placement gives students practical experience to add to their academic studies, and is a proven advantage in the graduate job market. All Industry Placements are subject to availability of places. For further information please enquire at the faculty office.
Students may continue into the Bachelor of Film and Television (Honours) program through the following avenues, these include a selection process:
- Students who have successfully undertaken an Industry Placement in Year 3 are required to complete their Honours (fourth) year by Coursework in order to graduate
- Students who did not participate in an Industry Placement in third year, and who have maintained a grade average of Credit or above may apply towards the end of their third year, to study in the Honours program by Coursework. Students with equivalent qualifications wishing to apply for their Honours year by coursework may be required to attend an interview and submit a folio.
Application forms can be obtained from the faculty office or ring 9214 6755.
Swinburne AbroadSwinburne offers International Exchange Programs as well as other Education Abroad Programs to help internationalise your degree. International Exchange is an academic program allowing you to study at a Swinburne Partner Institution for one or two semesters during your degree. Swinburne's Partner Institutions offer many relevant subjects as well as a secure base to explore a different culture. Your studies whilst on exchange can be credited towards your Swinburne degree, provided they are relevant and approved by Swinburne. For further information visit the Swinburne Abroad website.
English language requirements
Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%; OR, obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; OR, a TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18. Refer to the English Language Requirements website for further information.
How to apply
Course fees*A$25,450 (annual for 2013)
A range of scholarships are available to international students, visit our Scholarship Page for details.