The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen) requires three years of full-time study. The course is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the College being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Additionally, applicants will have to demonstrate their creative abilities through the submission of a portfolio/show-reel, written statement, curriculum vitae and referee details. Short-listed applicants will also be required to take part in an in-depth interview with a panel.

Course aims

The aim of the course is to prepare students for a professional life by:

  • equipping students with skills in screen production, including the operation of software and hardware and the various skills employed by production teams
  • emphasising to students the collaborative nature of teamwork required by the industry
  • enabling students to plan, develop and complete a screen product, including production and post-production stages
  • developing in students an understanding of screen media through an understanding of its historical developments, its social and cultural applications, and the function of the formal and aesthetic properties of its various forms
  • developing in students an understanding of the creative process within the activities described above
  • producing graduates capable of the application of logical thought, analysis, and research skills in ways that will enhance both the creative and practical processes required by screen production.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen), students will be able to demonstrate:

  • conceptual, practical and technical skills to produce creative work to a high standard in their chosen program
  • teamwork and interpersonal skills to become effective members of creative production and planning teams
  • high-level knowledge of the processes involved in the production of creative work
  • sound knowledge of theories, factual content and research methods relevant to their program of study including an awareness of practices related to their chosen program
  • knowledge of aspects of the arts industries relevant to their chosen program
  • initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and scholarship, and ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse creative contexts
  • skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and communicate a clear exposition of knowledge and ideas
  • critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
  • application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability and in collaboration with others
  • the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen), a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.  

Stream - Screen

Core - Year 1 topics

31.5 units comprising

 CREA1001  Introduction to the Creative Arts  (4.5 units)
 SCME1000  Film Form and Analysis  (4.5 units)
 SCME1003  Essential Multimedia  (4.5 units)
 SCME1070  Screen Production Techniques 1  (4.5 units)
 SCME1071  Screen Production Techniques 2  (4.5 units)
 SCME1072  Screen Production Techniques 3  (4.5 units)

plus one of

 SCME1001  Media and Society  (4.5 units)
 SCME1002  Convergence Cultures  (4.5 units)

Elective - Year 1 topics

plus 4.5 units of year 1 topics. Elective topics may be selected from any offered by the University, provided topic prerequisites are met.

Core - Year 2 topics

27 units comprising

 CREA2106  Creative Arts Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 SCME2003  Non-fiction Form and Ethics  (4.5 units)
 SCME2070  Screen Production Techniques 4  (4.5 units)
 SCME2071  Introduction to Script Writing  (4.5 units)
 SCME2072  Screen Production Techniques 5  (4.5 units)
 SCME2073  Screen Production Techniques 6  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 topics

plus 4.5 units from the second level Option - Year 2 & 3 topics listed below
plus 4.5 units from the second level or third level Option - Year 2 & 3 topics listed below

Core - Year 3 topics

22.5 units comprising

 SCME3070  Screen Production Techniques 7  (4.5 units)
 SCME3071  Screen Production Techniques 8  (4.5 units)
 SCME3072  Screen Production Techniques 9  (4.5 units)
 SCME3073  Screen Production Techniques 10  (4.5 units)
 SCME3074  Applied Screenwriting  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 3 topics

plus 9 units from the third level Option - Year 2 & 3 topics listed below
plus 4.5 units from the second level or third level Option - Year 2 & 3 topics listed below or other topic(s) approved by the Course Coordinator.

Option - Year 2 & 3 topics

Second level

 SCME2000  The Hollywood Industry  (4.5 units)
 SCME2001  Television Studies  (4.5 units)
 SCME2005  Media Audiences  (4.5 units)
 SCME2100  Media Policy  (4.5 units)
 SCME2101  Australian/Indigenous Media  (4.5 units)
 SCME2102  Gender, Media and Technology  (4.5 units)
 SCME2104  Popular Genres  (4.5 units)
 SCME2105  The Filmmaker: Case Studies  (4.5 units)
 SCME2106  Narrative and Storytelling  (4.5 units)
 SCME2107  Asian Cinema  (4.5 units)
 SCME2108  Multimedia Production Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SCME2201  Interaction Design  (4.5 units)
 SCME2202  3D Media Studio B  (4.5 units)
 SCME2203  3D Media Studio C  (4.5 units)

Third level

 CREA3456  Cultural Policy and the Arts (4.5 units)
 SCME3004  History of Film Style  (4.5 units)
 SCME3005  Digital Games  (4.5 units)
 SCME3006  Digital Media Cultures  (4.5 units)
 SCME3007  Kids' Media Cultures  (4.5 units)
 SCME3012  Independent Research Project in Screen Studies  (4.5 units)
 SCME3100  Screen and Media Practicum  (4.5 units)
 SCME3014  VFX Histories and Theories  (4.5 units)


Refer to Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)