Unit Set Structure


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MAAAAE  Screen Studies Major  

This unit set is available in the following courses:



This one year intensive program prepares graduates for employment in digital production for the small screen. It concentrates on the key positions of producer/production manager, director, scriptwriter, editor, cinematographer and sound recordist/mixer. Limited numbers of selected applicants will be accepted into each of these areas. 


The program provides a strong theoretical and analytical foundation, the opportunity to take electives in areas that will enhance the student’s area of specialisation, and an intensive production program in a variety of formats and genres. These include: location drama; studio multicam drama; documentary, corporate, promotional and training films; magazine, lifestyle and current affairs programs, and live recording of performances. 


Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in digital production and post-production techniques as well as associated web-based and interactive materials. The program has strong links to industry professionals, companies and organisations. Extensive use of professional mentors support the production slate.


The major in Screen Studies is only open to students who have successfully completed a Advanced Diploma in Film & Television (or equivalent). Students will receive up to a total of 180CP worth of credit based on their Advanced Diploma, therefore are required to complete another 180CP to receive the Bachelor of Communications.


This is a unique, intensive, one-year program that compresses 3 semesters of study into a 10 month (40 week) period, beginning in the second week of February and ending in the last week of November. Please note that the start and end dates, as well as the mid-semester and mid-year breaks, are different from all other programs in the School of Communications and Arts. Please contact the Course Coordinator for a detailed schedule.


Admission to this major is by interview and showreel on portfolio presentation.

This unit set is available on Mt Lawley Campus.
This unit set is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.
SCR2102 Project 1: Magazine/ Lifestyle/ Advertisement 25 
SCR2103 Project 2: WAAPA Films 25 
SCR2116 Australian Screen Studies 15
SCR3101 Production Preparation 20 
SCR3104 Project 3: Studio Multicam Drama 25 
SCR3105 Project 4: Documentary or Corporate Video 25 
Plus ONE (1) theory unit chosen from the following list (or another theory unit approved by the Course Coordinator):
CCA3100 Visual Culture and Subversive Ideas 15
CMM2106 Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Cinema 15
CMM2107 Documentary, Film and Television 15
FAV1111 Film and Cinema Studies 15
FAV3205 Screen Evolution 15
In addition to the units above, students must complete TWO electives (total 30CP).
Units offered to Directors and Producers as electives:
SCR2107 Directing Workshops 1 15
SCR3108 Directing Workshops 2 15
SCR2109 Producing Workshops 1 15
SCR3110 Producing Workshops 2 15
Electives for DOPS, Editors and Sound come from already existing units in the School of Communications and Arts.

Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2010 VET: 31/03/2010