Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and Television)

The University of Melbourne

Course details

CRICOS course code: 093584A

Level of study: Undergraduate


The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and Television) at the Victorian College of the Arts develops your creative voice and the skills to make distinctive screen programs to a high artistic and technical standard for all stages of film and television production. Our students and graduates continue to win numerous industry awards on the national and international stages, including festivals such as Berlin International, Cannes through to the Academy Awards.

As a Film and Television student, you will acquire creative, technical and analytical skills in an open environment that will encourage you to remain innovative and experimental in your work. This program will provide you with the opportunity to write, direct and edit your own work, as well as crew on fellow students’ productions.

You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources, including fully equipped production studios, animation studios, and 90 and 220-seat cinemas; analogue and digital cinema cameras and audio recording kits; and HD digital vision and audio post-production facilities.

Breadth subjects at each year level enable you to explore cross disciplinary studies from the wider University community, accessing multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills that will build on existing knowledge or present opportunities for you to investigate and develop new interests.

You will

  • Develop advanced, practical filmmaking skills including direction of actors, cinematography, sound recording and editing, production management, assistant directing and other fundamental principles of filmmaking
  • Learn to research, develop, write and design a narrative short film
  • Strengthen your individual creative voice, and crewing on your fellow students’ productions – which develops valuable peer networks and skills
  • Acquire ability to critically and constructively critique your own and peers’ screen production work in the context of the broader history of screen culture
  • Collaborate with VCA Theatre, Film and Television, and Production students throughout the course.

Future pathways

Upon completion of the course, you may choose to apply for a fourth-year Honours degree. An honours year provides an intensive mode of study allowing you to master your specialisation and create a pathway into advanced graduate study options in acting.

This course is a three-year full-time degree that offers study in production based, practical film making and screen-based storytelling. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills are developed through an immersive and practical curriculum in studio and production environments. You will be provided with ongoing opportunities to initiate, develop, and realise short film projects to industry standard with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, under the guidance of professional and academic staff with significant industry experience.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
55,100 Per Year
Read moreIndicative total course fee - 173,740
Feb 2023 3 years
Full time
Southbank Campus
234 Street Kilda Road
Melbourne Victoria 3006

Entry criteria

Completed secondary education recently (within the past two years)
Completed some or all of a higher education qualification
Completed some or all of a VET qualification

English language requirements

TOEFL – you need a score of 577 or more including a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test, or a score of 79 and scores of 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test.
IELTS – you need a score of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0. Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score of between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50. Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score of 176 with no skill below 169.


The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010
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