Master of Film and Television (Narrative)

Course 949NA (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Year and Campus: 2013
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months


Sandra Sciberras


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Course Overview:

This course code is no longer being offered from 2011 onwards.

A one year Master of Film and Television that can be undertaken in one of the four streams of study: Narrative, Documentary, Animation or Visual Effects. This degree is assessed through coursework. Students focus on writing, directing and editing a major production, as well as advanced screenwriting and gaining industry experience. The Master of Film and Television (Coursework) is a one year full-time program.


On completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • write, direct and edit an innovative short motion picture program at a high professional standard in Narrative, Documentary, Animation or Visual Effects;
  • experiment and develop their own creativity for the screen;
  • research and problem solve, and
  • lead and participate at an advanced level in a collaborative team.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Qualification for the award requires successful completion of all subjects listed below.

Subject Options:

Master Film and Television (Coursework) - Narrative

Year 1

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Entry Requirements:


An honours degree in film and television with at least H2B (70%) or equivalent; or a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television with at least H2B (70%). Applicants who do not meet the usual requirements detailed below, but have documented, relevant professional experience may still be considered.

Applications for places in the Master of Film and Television (VCA) are made directly to the School. Applicants are asked to submit a completed application form plus a selection of their production work. Short listed applicants will be chosen for interview.

Overseas applicants may undertake the same selection process however they also have the option to provide a video interview answering a set of supplied questions together with evidence of their creative output which may be followed by a phone interview.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes:

Generic Skills:

On completion of the course graduates should have acquired the following skills:

  • exhibit strong 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, and
  • demonstrate advanced 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 at an advanced level as collaborators, leaders and mentors.
  • 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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