Major Project

Subject FLTV70001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Southbank.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Fortnightly meetings with supervisor
Total Time Commitment:

As required



Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:
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Subject Overview: Under supervision candidates will develop original independent research which will be published by way of a project (script, film, video, CD Rom or other appropriate publication).

On completion of study, 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, animation, documentary, narrative filmmaking or interactive multimedia;
  • advanced their ability to contribute to the broad culture of society.

Candidates are required through a process of critical reflection and development to write and/or direct a project of an advanced substantial nature. Projects would normally be of the following dimension: Scriptwriting - feature length (90-120 mins) or outline for a TV series with a developed episode; or a production which the candidate will write and direct; Documentary production - television hour (47 mins) or Drama - television hour (47 mins) or Animation 10 - 15 mins.

Two examiners external tot he Department will assess the completed project.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of the Master of Film and Television by Research, candidates should be able to:
  • exhibit extensive knowledge of the film, television and allied industries, including relevant professional knowledge and skills at an advanced level

  • demonstrate highly developed creative and problem solving abilities

  • exhibit a capacity to design, conduct and present original research

  • understand issues related to intellectual property management and exploitation

  • demonstrate an entrepreneurial approach coupled with an understanding of the relevance and value of industry and the wider community and how to engage with key players

  • communicate confidently both orally and in writing for a wide variety of audience

  • exhibit a leadership capacity and the ability to act as a mentor to the development of others

  • demonstrate skills and interest reflecting a commitment to life long learning

  • display an international awareness and appreciation of social and cultural diversity and respect for individual human rights and dignity

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