Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

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)
  • professional video and audio recording equipment and editing software.

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.

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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

The average starting salary in Australia for visual arts/media graduates is $40,000-$45,000 (GraduateCareers).

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 listed

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.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
    OR
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Successful 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 at least 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

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 degree. 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

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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