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Bachelor of Screen Production

Course Code: 272JA
Course Version: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice
CRICOS Code: 079275J
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 5.5

Craft a career in the movie business

Do you have a passion for writing and directing but worry about the business end of filmmaking? Maybe you’re keen to tackle the film industry but need to fine tune and shape your creative skills?

The Bachelor of Screen Production is the foundation you need to launch your career in the movie business.

Choosing between units in animation or live action as your major, you’ll experience screen industry, production design and techniques, writing for the screen and the business of moviemaking.

Study a Bachelor of Screen Production at UC and you will:

  • understand how to take charge of funding and budgets, casting and, schedules
  • have strong insight into visual narrative and how to critically evaluate scripts
  • analyse and apply the history and theory of film and media industries
  • get valuable insight into entities that run and promote the industry
  • understand legal and copyright issues
  • offer a critical understanding of the moving image, its history and movements
  • develop craft from pre to post production in disciplines such as direction, scriptwriting, planning and promotion
  • link creative and technical skills in cinematography, lighting, sound and special effects
  • design and produce content for a range of media formats. 

Career opportunities

Want to work in film and television as an independent producer? Planning a career with a production house or network? Or do you you see yourself as an advocate or consultant to the industry and media?

This degree will equip you with the essentials of craft and management, and the knowledge and skills needed for a career that can take you anywhere in the world.

Other opportunities

With communications and leisure industries expanding, the Bachelor of Screen Production can shape and develop your potential in an expanding range of industries by:

  • further shaping your professionalism and social responsibility
  • developing appreciation of how to work creatively and do problem solving with others
  • identifying and developing a range of specific creative and business disciplines.
  • preparing for the possibility of entry into a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the Canberra campus.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
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Current and Commencing Students

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet normal University requirements for admission to an undergraduate course or hold qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants must attend an interview, at which they are required to: - Present a folio of work and any other materials that indicate an aptitude for design, drawing and problem solving; and - Demonstrate a high level of presentation and communication skills. UC Melbourne Applicants only: This course is taught from the 2nd year. To commence, all students must be eligible for at least 1 year (24 credit points) of advanced standing.

Assumed Knowledge


Course Requirements

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Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Screen Production B ScreenProd

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2016 CSP $18,380
2017 CSP $20,040

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course closed to new admission from semester 1, 2015.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
The course will integrate theoretical and practical knowledge of specific areas within the Screen Production industry including:
- History, theory and analysis of the film industry and the media at international and local levels;
- Screen Industry organisations, business structures and film promotion;
- Legal and copyright issues relating to film and media;
- Pre-production, production and post-production requirements.
Analysis and enquiry
On completing the course students should be able to:
- Critically analyse the history of the moving image and emerging film movements;
- Critically evaluate scripting procedures and practices;
- Demonstrate historical knowledge of and skills in creating visual narrative;
- Design content for a range of emerging media formats;
- Establish procedures for overseeing production budgets, casting, productions schedules and various business arrangements.
Analysis and enquiry

Professionalism and social responsibility

Working independently and with others

Problem Solving
On completing the course students should be able to:
- Demonstrate design, critical thinking and problem solving skills in the production and editing of live action or digital animation visual narratives;
- Exhibit good communication skills in the management of personnel and business relationships.
Analysis and enquiry


Working independently and with others

Problem Solving
On completing the course students should be able to:
- Investigate and analyse current trends in the screen industry and related technology;
- Identify opportunities for on-going learning to maintain currency within the screen production industry;
- Complete a critical analysis or exegesis of short films;
- Collaborate successfully with fellow filmmakers and directors on the post production phase of a documentary, drama or experimental short film.
Analysis and enquiry


Working independently and with others

Problem Solving

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


High performing students may be eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Arts and Design (Honours) course offered at the UC Canberra campus.


  • 2016->UC Melbourne - Waverley Campus-Internal
  • 2016->Metropolitan South Institute Of Tafe Campus-Internal
  • 2017->UC Melbourne - Waverley Campus-Internal
  • 2017->Metropolitan South Institute Of Tafe Campus-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2014->UC Melbourne - Waverley Campus-Internal
    • 2014->Metropolitan South Institute Of Tafe Campus-Internal
    • 2015->UC Melbourne - Waverley Campus-Internal
    • 2015->Metropolitan South Institute Of Tafe Campus-Internal
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