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Graduate Diploma of Film and Television

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Study the Graduate Diploma of Film and Television to progress your production skills through practical experience with the latest recording and editing technologies.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Course Code
A606, 0100301

About this course

Study the Graduate Diploma of Film and Television to progress your production skills through practical experience with the latest recording and editing technologies. Learn more of what matters to you - choose seven of your eight units of study to create a customised degree tailored to your aspirations.

Want the freedom to shape your degree with elective units that develop the industry-relevant skills creative teams are looking for?

The Graduate Diploma of Film and Television is grounded in the everyday realities of the film and television industry. By breaking down some of the misconceptions about working in film and television, our graduates are better prepared for future roles, and more in control of their careers. On top of practical skills for film and television production, the course focuses on transferrable skills - like collaboration, problem-solving and personal organisation - that are crucial for success in media industries.

The course consists of:

  • one core unit
  • five film and television elective units
  • two elective units from the Master of Communication, Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Creative Arts

The large number of electives on offer allows you to create a degree that's unique to you, your passions and career goals. You can study topics that align with your strengths, or dive into previously unexplored study areas to broaden your creative repertoire. There are eight film and television elective units to choose from, covering a diverse range of study areas from advanced screen production and visual effects, to storytelling and documentary practice.

No matter the units you choose, you can look forward to lots of practical experience that prepares you for the challenges of the industry. Many of your assessments will involve hands-on work, some of which might include:

  • multi-camera studio production
  • documentary production
  • creating screenplays and treatments
  • pitches, proposals and video presentations
  • exercises in lighting, direction, animation and post-production

These real-world assessments allow you to apply your skills on authentic projects while developing your unique style of storytelling. You'll also have access to the latest production equipment in our state-of-the-art film and television facilities. Practise with the same tools professionals use, including digital cinema cameras, an industry-standard broadcast TV studio and cutting-edge motion capture facility.

While there are many rewarding career options for graduates, there are also opportunities for further study upon successful completion of the course. If you want to continue developing your production skills and access sought-after internships, you might like to articulate into Deakin's Master of Film and Television.

Entry requirements

Minimum course entry requirements

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • Bachelor Degree or higher; OR
  • two years relevant work experience; OR
  • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

Graduates will have the transferable skills and practical experience needed for a successful career in the film and television industry, as well as broadcasting, marketing, advertising and communications roles.

Film and television graduates at Deakin have gone on to thrive in roles as:

  • directors
  • cinematographers
  • editors
  • producers
  • production managers
  • production designers

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Film and Television, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

  • 1 core unit
  • 5 credit points of course electives
  • 2 credit points of electives from the Master of Communication, Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Creative Arts
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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