Information on this page is for international students

Intakes: 
2019: February and July
Duration: 
3 years
Location: 
Fees: 
2019: A$11,800*
* fee per semester
Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

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.

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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

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.

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.

Entry requirements

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 (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
PLUS:
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
OR:
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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If you have questions about your application, you can:

Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.