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0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2019: AUD$ 33,100 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
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Degree overview

  • Study a one-of-a-kind qualification unique to Australia, and develop the technical skills and knowledge to transition straight into your film and television career.
  • Develop your technical skills with award-winning Matchbox Pictures studio creatives in this immersive, fully workplace-based qualification taught in a creative, real-world environment.
  • Graduate with a professional portfolio of work. 
  • Benefit from the unique networking opportunities that come from working alongside skilled film and television professionals.



This one-of-a-kind, industry-based qualification will see you developing your technical skills in association with one of Australia’s most successful production companies, Matchbox Pictures, named by Screen Producers Australia as Media Production Business of the Year for three consecutive years.

All of your learning will be in an immersive, creative, real-world business environment. It is an intensive 12-week course that will give you the practical and technical skills to hit the ground running in the film, television and media industries.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In this practice-based qualification, you will undertake all of your studies with highly skilled film and television industry professionals. Your qualification will comprise of four courses:

The Screen Industry – Business, Creativity and Content: Learning about the industry as a business and creative enterprise, such as the role of the creative producer; idea generation; pitching and financing through to sales and distribution; budgeting; pre-production; production; post-production; and marketing.

Screen Content Project (1 & 2): Undertaking a specific role on an industry project, such as taking responsibility for the preparation of pre-production; budgets; ancillary materials or marketing plans; or working to a producer or supervisor.

Professional Film and Television Practice: Keeping a record of the professional practice concepts and processes you learn, and critically reflecting on your learning outcomes.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



You can expect your assessments to include:

  • journals, reports and projects
  • continuous assessment and supervisor evaluation

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
The Screen Industry: Business, Creativity and Content COMM 5080 4.5
Screen Content Project 1 COMM 5078 4.5
Screen Content Project 2 COMM 5079 4.5
Professional Film and Television Practice COMM 5077 4.5

Why Graduate Certificate in Film and Television

Why this Degree

This qualification will give you an enormous edge in the job market. It has been specifically designed to support the needs of the creative industries in South Australia and beyond, within an industry where finding graduates with the necessary professional knowledge and skills can be challenging.

You will graduate on a first name basis with prominent industry executives from Matchbox Pictures.

You will be one of the few graduates with a practical, hands-on understanding of and experience in the industry, and you’ll have the specific business knowledge and skills to start working as soon as you graduate.

Real-world connections

This qualification is all about industry experience and connections – and from day one you will be working alongside industry professionals, building important relationships and learning on the job. Matchbox Pictures has produced world-class programming across television drama, children’s, factual & entertainment, animation and feature films. Their projects include Australian Spartan, Glitch, The Family Law, Wanted and Real Housewives of Sydney and Melbourne. Through this industry placement you will graduate with a valuable connection with one of Australia’s most dynamic and innovative production houses and your own portfolio of work.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

As a graduate of this qualification and having worked with a nationally and internationally recognised company such as Matchbox Pictures, you’ll understand the specific workflow and production demands of the industry.

This qualification provides an opportunity for you to connect with industry in a career-changing way. You will be face-to-face with industry ‘hirers’ as you pitch your professional, industry-standard portfolio to major broadcaster, ABC iview.

At the end of the qualification, you will be on first name terms with some of Australia’s most prominent industry executives, significantly increasing your career prospects.

Industry facts


Matchbox Pictures has produced world-class programs including Australian Spartan, Glitch, The Family Law, Wanted and Real Housewives of Sydney and Melbourne.


Matchbox Pictures has been awarded Media Production Business of the Year for three consecutive years by Screen Australia.


Between now and 2021, the total Australian media and entertainment market will reach $43.7 billion.*

*PwC Media and Entertainment Outlook report 2017

Wilson Main is an experienced TV producer, writer, and director who has produced over 800 episodes of TV and consulted to numerous films and TV pilots. He has worked in London, Europe, Australia, Africa and New Zealand and has licensed programs from and to the United States. He has created new programs for the Nine and Ten Networks in Australia and consulted to new program development in numerous countries. Many of the productions involved large amounts of underscore, themes and featured songs, and these have led to him being involved in the executive production of well over 1000 pieces of screen music. He has regularly attended the TV markets every year from 1997- 2010, including MIPTV, MIPCOM and MIPJunior in Cannes, Kidscreen in New York and on several occasions NATPE (USA). Wilson has also toured USA and Europe several times as a musician (guitar and bass). He continues to develop program concepts, several of which have been optioned in the UK and USA over the last few years. 


Dr Wilson Main

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Wilson Main

Dr Wilson Main

Program Director



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Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

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Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applications are via UniSA's Apply Online portal.

All applicants are required to submit a showreel of their own work and a curriculum vitae outlining their relevant experience. Details of showreel and curriculum vitae requirements and submission process will be provided to you on application. Please contact CILTeaching@unisa.edu.au for further information.

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