Dr Tom Young

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences North (SSN-308)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am an experienced Screen Production lecturer, a filmmaker, and a business owner. Through my broad industry experience, I know that it is not enough anymore to only do one thing, so I don’t just teach filmmaking, I endeavour to inspire students to start businesses, create their own opportunities, promote achievement, give back, mentor others, and enjoy the journey.

Honours, awards and grants

Most recently my efforts have been recognised with the Flinders University Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation in Teaching Award for a pioneering long format Screen Production honours program, redesigned and informed by my creative PhD (https://youtu.be/cGEMBwGzr5o). In the newly refocused and enhanced honours program, topics are scaffolded and progress towards a completed feature film or TV pilot. Producing long format films within the tertiary environment is rare, and internationally, is unheard of at the honours level. Growing directly from my research interest this is a major innovation in the teaching program, which is attracting honours students and developing highly capable graduates.

Key responsibilities

The nexus between creating and teaching screen production is absolutely invigorating. I have a passion for teaching students, and it is fulfilling to help them grow and then watch as they achieve success in the filmmaking world.

Teaching interests

Every day I bring together industry and education, the long running and highly successful Community Voices Program being a prime example (https://youtu.be/tCjLdOitGlE). In this Program students collaborate with not-for-profit organisations to produce online video ads and short documentaries that promote, celebrate and recruit volunteers in South Australia. Since commencement more than 250 students have participated in the program, producing over 125 videos.

Topic coordinator
SCME3070 Online Video Ads
SCME3073 Client Documentary Production
SCME2070 Documentary Production
SCME2060 Documentary Production
SCME2072 Drama Production
SCME3071 Music Video Production
CREA7002 Professional Practice for the Creative Arts
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Media expertise
  • Film
Further information

I am currently developing two major creative projects. First, a documentary about end of life experiences, at the cornerstone is interviews with palliative care patients in the final weeks of life. Secondly, a feature film drama to be shot in regional South Australia. As with all my work these projects will be crewed by our talented graduates. In turn I will document the production of these projects to fuel the appetite for new teaching materials in the classroom.