Master of Film and Television

Course 074AA (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Year and Campus: 2011 - Southbank
CRICOS Code: 037227J
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Research Higher Degree
Duration & Credit Points: Students are expected to complete this research in 1.50 years full time, or equivalent part time.


Professor Ian Lang


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 9685 9419
Fax: +61 3 9685 9358
Course Overview: The Master of Film and Television (by research) allows students to build on their capacity for independent investigation, and their creative and technical skills in Film & Television. This degree is assessed by a major research project and a complementary dissertation. The course can be undertaken 2 years full time or 4 years part time. Students will focus on developing an original independent research project which will be produced in an appropriate form such as a script or a film. The major project will be supported by a research paper. The Masters degree is undertaken over two years full time or four years part time.

On completion of this course students should have:

  • advanced their capacity for independent investigation in the field of screenwriting and/or direction;
  • extended their creative abilities and technical skills;
  • acquired the capacity to create a significant innovative project in a chosen area, eg, scriptwriting, and
  • advanced their ability to contribute to the broad culture of society.
Course Structure & Available Subjects: The Master of Film nad Television has the following streams available: Animation, Documentry, Narrative and Visual Effects.
Subject Options:

Master of Film and Television (Research)

Year 1
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2011
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year

Year 2

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2011
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year
Entry Requirements: Prerequisites

Entry is open to graduates of the Bachelor of Film and Television (VCA) or Graduate Diploma in Film and Television (VCA) with H1 or H2 results in their final Assigned Projects subject or those who have gained an equivalent qualification from a recognized tertiary institution or can demonstrate equivalent experience. Graduates with degrees in disciplines other than Film and Television would be required to undertake the Graduate Diploma course before undertaking the Master of Film and Television.

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.
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Graduate Attributes:
Generic Skills:

On completion of the Master of Film and Television by Research, 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 at an advanced level as they relate to these industries;
  • exhibit a capacity to design, conduct and present original research outcomes;
  • demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
  • demonstrate advanced skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving, 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;
  • 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, and
  • understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society.
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