Start date


3 year(s) full-time


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AUD$ 29,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023
AUD$ 30,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Study Film, Television and Visual Effects.
  • Specialise in Film and Television or Visual Effects.
  • Gain an understanding of the professional production cycle from conceptualisation through to production and post-production.
  • Work on real-world projects with industry professionals.
  • Have the opportunity to be selected for a full year placement with Rising Sun Pictures.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art television and radio studios - UniSA is home to one of SA’s largest green screens.
  • Work with the latest industry standard software, hardware and technology.
  • Have the opportunity to study the entire third year of your degree with Rising Sun Pictures*
  • Second and third year students can participate in the Film Concept Lab*, working alongside We Made A Thing Studios, to produce several films for festival release.
  • You will be industry ready and industry engage with the opportunity to study up to 40% of your degree with Rising Sun Pictures or up to 25% of your degree with We Made a Thing Studios.
  • Apply for the Bachelor of Film and Television/Master of Teaching (Secondary) packaged option– it’s a pathway straight into postgraduate study.
  • Graduate career-ready, with your own digital portfolio of work.
  • We have world-class research in Creative Arts and Writing, Language, Communication and Culture1.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities2, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

*Entry is competitive and skills and performance may be taken into account. 
12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.




The Bachelor of Film and Television is an innovative degree that puts you at the cutting edge of film, television, visual effects (VFX) production and theory.

You'll develop the technical knowledge and experience needed to enter the exciting world of screen production and content creation. While you study you will develop the skills and contacts you need for a successful career in the creative industries; graduating with a digital portfolio of work and practical industry experience.

You also have the opportunity to specialise in visual effects in your third year of study at world-renowned VFX studio, Rising Sun Pictures where you will study alongside industry professionals and mentors. 

Second and third-year students have the opportunity to participate in the Film Concept Lab and work alongside We Made A Thing Studios and other industry professionals in the production of films for festival release.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA), you could be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) degree. 

You could also continue your studies with a Master of Teaching and teach media arts. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

If you would like to apply directly into the Bachelor of Film and Television/Master of Teaching (Secondary) package option, please apply via SATAC using 444531.


What you'll learn

What you Learn

Throughout the degree, you will explore theory and practice combining traditional and digital forms required by industry. You will gain an understanding in all stages of the professional production cycle from conceptualisation and script writing, through to production and post-production.

You will analyse film and media from around the globe to gain insight into different creative contexts, forms and practices. You will develop professional knowledge in screenwriting, cinematic design, and the production of documentary, experimental and narrative film and television, and VFX, while understanding different media platforms and the end-user experience.

You can specialise in Film and Television production or VFX. In the Film and Television production specialisation, you will complete a series of industry, production and screen theory courses, and will have the opportunity to apply for the UniSA and WeMat Film Concept Lab. In the VFX specialisation, you will study the third year of the degree at Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), working alongside world-class visual effects artists who have created hundreds of sequences for motion pictures, including Thor: Love and Thunder, Elvis, Hawkeye, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

You will engage with industry leaders across all disciplines, work on real-world projects and use the latest production software and technologies, graduating career-ready with your own portfolio of production work, showcasing your practical skills and creativity across a variety of media forms. 

You'll work autonomously and collaboratively throughout the degree - just like in industry! You’ll work across a range of different roles, preparing you for a move into national and international industries when you graduate.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Hollywood Film and Television INFT 1015 4.5
Cinematic Design INFT 1019 4.5
Introduction to Digital Media INFT 1014 4.5
Introduction to Screenwriting COMM 1079 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 and 6
Global Film and Television COMM 1077 4.5
Introduction to CGI COMM 1067 4.5
Introduction to Screen Sound COMM 1078 4.5
Cinematography and Editing COMM 1084 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Narrative Film COMM 2084 4.5
Screen Genres and Media Hybrids COMM 2085 4.5
Digital Compositing COMM 2094 4.5
Hard Surface Modelling COMM 2096 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Documentary Film COMM 2081 4.5
Dynamic Effects COMM 3068 4.5
Character Performance COMM 2083 4.5
Understanding Popular Culture HUMS 2045 4.5
Development and Lighting COMM 2097 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Film, Entertainment and Aesthetics COMM 3080 4.5 Note(s): 6
Experimental Studio COMM 3066 4.5 Note(s): 6
Internship or Project COMM 3063 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 5,6,7
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Creative Production COMM 3065 4.5 Note(s): 6
Science Fiction Film and Television COMM 3067 4.5 Note(s): 6
Digital Mediascapes COMM 3079 4.5 Note(s): 6
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 5,6,7

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. There may be essays, assignments and occasional exams. You could also expect:

  • industry-relevant projects
  • oral or online presentations
  • finished work such as films, animations or VFX sequences
  • journals outlining your experiences working on a project

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Film and Television

Why this Degree

This degree provides you with transferable ideas, skills and a broad body of professional knowledge in the discipline strands of Film and Television, and Visual Effects.

Our graduates include a winner of the South Australian Film Corporation Young Filmmakers of the Future Award, Tropfest finalists, Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award nominees, and over 150 professionals currently working in the VFX industry. The Bachelor of Film and Television puts you at the cutting-edge of screen production development; it combines theoretical learning with hands-on production in creative media. You will:

  • work on real-world projects with industry professionals
  • learn in state-of-the-art television and radio studios that boast industry-standard equipment
  • use the latest industry-standard software, hardware and technology

Within the VFX specialisation, you have the opportunity to spend the entire third year of the degree studying at award-winning VFX company Rising Sun Pictures*. You will receive practical training in the core skills of entry-level VFX artists, produce an industry-standard show reel of work, and establish valuable industry networks. Within the film and television specialisation, you have the opportunity to study alongside award-winning production company We Made a Thing Studios and gain a credit on festival released films.

*please note that you will need to apply for this opportunity and entry is competitive. Courses will be delivered at the RSP studios based in the Adelaide CBD.

Real-world connections

This degree is hands-on and practical. It includes industry-based courses so you can build vital relationships that may be beneficial after graduation. In one of our most popular industry placements, selected students spend their entire final year studying with VFX studio, Rising Sun Pictures. They get practical training in the core skills of entry-level visual effects artists, and build their industry networks. You could also develop your networks by taking part in the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience, an internship, a student exchange, or a media industry placement.

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

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Career outcomes

Your career

Film and Television professionals are curious and observant; they are creative and dedicated to expressing their experience of the world. Our students are passionate about the television, film, visual effects, game design, and digital production industries. Career outcomes include:

  • Director / Filmmaker: create, direct or produce feature or short films for cinema, television or online
  • Visual Effects artist: work as a compositor, FX artist, modeller, lighting artist, VFX animator, editor, or production coordinator
  • Animator: create images, animations and illustrations – using software and/or by hand – for media such as film, television, video games and advertising
  • Video Editor: part of the post-production process, video editing can also include working with special effects
  • Television Producer: can be in charge of everything from scheduling and budgeting to creative control of a program
  • Screenwriter: develop ideas and scripts for film and television productions
  • Cinematographer / DOP: Coordinate and manage film crews and develop the ‘visual look’ of a production

Industry facts


Employment for performing arts technicians in Australia is projected to increase by 15.9 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Between now and 2020, the total Australian media and entertainment market will reach $47.4 billion1.

1PwC Media and Entertainment Outlook report 2016


By 2020 employment for film, television, radio and stage directors in Australia is projected to increase by 14 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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.

Film and Television students also have the opportunity to get involved in the online student radio station, UniCast, and our TV studio, where various Community Channel 44 TV shows broadcast live from our Magill campus.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

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

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a film and television student you will have access to:

  • dedicated computer/editing suites with state-of-the-art software, so you can work on high-end visual effects and animation projects
  • industry-standard facilities including an online TV studio, radio studio and sound studio
  • one of South Australia’s largest green screens
Your study spaces

Your program director

Carolyn is the Program Director for Film and Television at the University of South Australia. She has oversight of the Bachelor of Film and Television, Graduate Certificate in Film and Television, Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting and Graduate Certificate in Compositing and Tracking. She is also the Coordinator for the Documentary Film course. Carolyn is a Documentary filmmaker with recent broadcast credits for Marjorie Lawrence: The World At Her Feet (ABC), Paris or the Bush: the story of the Cods (9 Network and Foxtel) and Tour de Legacy: the Western Front (SBS).

Dr Carolyn Bilsborow

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Carolyn Bilsborow

Dr Carolyn Bilsborow

Program Director


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What others are saying

I love that my degree has both theory and practical components. The teachers are fantastic – they are great at explaining things and are passionate about the topics we study. I was really impressed by the available film equipment UniSA has to offer, as well as the television and green-screen studios.

Grace Miles

Bachelor of Media Arts (now called the Bachelor of Film and Television)

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Grace Miles

Bachelor of Media Arts (now called the Bachelor of Film and Television)

The skills I learnt at UniSA really helped me succeed in my role, as the software programs we used were exactly the same. I have also freelanced as a graphic designer, and the practical learning from my Digital Media courses really helped ground my designs.

Chelsea Mirus

Bachelor of Media Arts (now called the Bachelor of Film and Television)
Production Coordinator | Rising Sun Pictures

Chelsea Mirus

Chelsea Mirus

Bachelor of Media Arts (now called the Bachelor of Film and Television)
Production Coordinator | Rising Sun Pictures

My time at UniSA massively set me up for the challenges ahead; especially on how to work on multiple projects at once. My biggest piece of advice for film students is to get your hands dirty! As a producer, I still make sure that all of my camera, audio, lighting and editing skills are up to date because then I can help out on the low budget projects in all aspects. It also gives you some scope as to how long something takes to be able to schedule correctly, and also how stressful or taxing each task might be on your crew so you can plan ahead. I love working in film, it’s crazy, it’s stressful, it’s collaborative and you end up with an amazing piece of work to show the world at the end!

Jodie Kirkbride

Bachelor of Media Arts (now called the Bachelor of Film and Television)
Producer's Assistant | KOJO


Jodie Kirkbride

Bachelor of Media Arts (now called the Bachelor of Film and Television)
Producer's Assistant | KOJO

I have really enjoyed working with and learning from teachers that are, or have been, active in the film industry. Whether it is using a sophisticated camera for the first time, or working with industry-recognised CGI and VFX programs, there is no match for learning from experienced professionals.

Lachlan Doherty

Bachelor of Media Arts (now called the Bachelor of Film and Television)

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Lachlan Doherty

Bachelor of Media Arts (now called the Bachelor of Film and Television)