Information on this page is for Australian residents

Start date:
25 February 2019
ATAR:
Not required*
*Offers made in 2018. More about ATAR
Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 

Overview

Develop your passion for using the media to tell stories with a Bachelor of Screen Media at Victoria University in Melbourne.

Follow your interest in the changing media landscape, in industries that include film, television, radio, screen culture, online and mobile media production.

You’ll develop new media production skills, techniques and knowledge (including intellectual property) through a combination of practical and theoretical learning. This course has a highly contemporary focus, preparing you to deliver innovative media content for online distribution, video-on-demand, streaming sites such as YouTube, television and radio.

You’ll learn from teachers who are directly involved in the media industry. Working creatively as individuals, and in teams, you will produce:

  • cross-platform projects
  • motion graphics and visual effects
  • narrative film
  • non-fiction short films and documentaries
  • podcasts
  • television and radio programs.

Everything you learn at VU has direct links to the real world. Through hands-on learning in our professional grade facilities, you’ll develop exceptional skills in media production.

To ensure you are work ready when you graduate, you’ll complete 80-100 hours of work placement as an integrated part of this course.

While studying our screen media course, you’ll learn using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Our media production precinct at Footscray Park Campus includes:

  • TV studio (including HD cameras, lighting equipment, interview set and drama set)
  • radio studio
  • large green screen
  • post production labs (with Macs) with DaVinci Resolve software
  • professional video and audio recording equipment and editing software.

We are Australia’s first university to achieve Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Trainer Certification.  

With DaVinci Resolve as our main post production software, you'll be using Emmy™ award winning DaVinci colour correction products that have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. 

You can choose to complete a portion of your Bachelor of Screen Media with one of our 110 international partners. For example, you could join our short study tour to China for creative arts students.

Around the world, highly respected institutions are ready to welcome you into their community.

Studying overseas gives you the chance to experience a new culture and learn from a new perspective – while gaining credits towards your degree.

Delivery mode

Blended, Face to Face

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

Our media production precinct at Footscray Park Campus has TV and radio studios.

Careers in media

This course will prepare you for an exciting career as a critically-informed media professional. Beyond traditional broadcast media, you could also work in:

  • advertising
  • film studios
  • film festival organisations
  • radio stations
  • video production companies. 

You’ll be ready to work in a range of roles, including:

  • cinematographer
  • cross-media content creator
  • director
  • distributor
  • editor
  • post-production supervisor
  • production manager
  • producer.

Salaries

Average annual salaries (full time) in Australia are:

  • film, TV, or radio director or editor - $73,372 (JobOutlook)
  • camera operator/sound technician - $79,144 (JobOutlook)
  • artistic director/radio presenter/TV presenter - $90,688 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Screen Media students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) in total consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) College Core studies
  • 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units) Professional Core studies including 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) Capstone studies
  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) from Minor studies.

First Year Core units

Year 2

Year 3

Plus

24 credit point (equivalent to 2 units) of Capstone studies

Plus

48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of Minor studies

Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Exhibit critical awareness and understanding of theory and research in the field of screen media production across existing and emerging media platforms,  
  2. Plan and implement media productions for the purposes of online distribution, video-on-demand, online streaming, television and radio,  
  3. Analyse and critically reflect on screen media production techniques and legal and business requirements across various platforms,  
  4. Develop skills and abilities to adapt knowledge and skills to participate effectively in screen media production processes and teams,  
  5. Exemplify advanced level communication and interpersonal skills consistent with professional practice in the screen media industry.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the University's admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of a single unit of Higher Education studies.
OR:
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Humanities, Social Sciences, Creative Arts or similar.
OR:
Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply through VTAC

You should apply through VTAC if you:

  • are applying for more than one course
  • are completing Year 12 in 2018
  • have an existing VTAC application to study in 2019.

VTAC course code: 4301010651

VTAC late applications are due 2 November 2018.

Apply via VTAC

Special Entry Access Scheme

You can apply for consideration of your life circumstances during the application process by submitting a VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application.

Apply direct to VU

You should apply direct to VU if you are:

  • only applying for this course; and
  • not completing Year 12.

If you have already applied through VTAC you must not apply directly to VU.

Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

Apply direct to VU

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