Graduate Diploma in Film and Television (Documentary)

Course 558DO (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


Steve Thomas


Student and Academic Services, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006 Tel: 9685 9419
Course Overview: Students undertake practical and theoretical areas of study such as screenwriting and screen studies, as well as focusing on developing their ability to produce a short motion picture production.
Objectives: On completion of this course the student should have acquired the following qualities and skills
  • the ability to write, direct and edit an innovative short motion picture program at a high professional standard in Documentary;

  • the ability to experiment and develop their own creativity for the screen;

  • an understanding of creative achievements in screen culture.

Course Structure & Available Subjects: Documentary
Subject Options:

Graduate Diploma in Film & Television (Documentary)

Year 1
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Year Long
Entry Requirements:

Applicants have normally taken a first degree in any discipline. Applicants who do not have a degree may be admitted if they have already gained substantial experience in film, television or allied industries.

Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:
Further Study: Further study can be undertaked in the Master of Film and Television (by coursework) or Master of Film and Television (by research)
Graduate Attributes:
Generic Skills:

On completion of the Graduate Diploma in Film and Television, graduates should be able to:

  • exhibit extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of the film, television and/or allied industries, including relevant professional knowledge, skills, discipline and ethics as they relate to these industries;
  • demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
  • demonstrate practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving, report writing, team work and oral and written communication;
  • demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional filmmaker in the 21st century;
  • work at various levels, both as an individual and as a team member, in a wide variety of environments;
  • contribute effectively as collaborators and leaders;
  • demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas;
  • critically and creatively engage with topics of cultural significance across communities;
  • understand and appreciate how filmmaking connects with the broader society and contributes to its social and economic development;
  • understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society.

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