Start Date


0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC105 (Internal)

Study as


$AU 17,350 per 0.5 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2024

Degree overview

  • Be taught by some of Australia’s most successful production executives and creatives, and develop the critical skills needed to develop marketable screen projects, establish a production business and advance a career as a key creative producer, writer or director within the Australian industry.
  • Access a unique opportunity to study, learn directly from industry professionals and develop the technical skills and knowledge to transition straight into your film and television career.
  • Graduate with a professionally developed project and finance strategy informed by market and industry feedback.
  • Benefit from the unique networking opportunities from working alongside skilled film professionals.
  • Develop program concepts for Australian film, television and streaming platforms, and after extensive training, you’ll pitch your concepts to the industry.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities1, 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.

1UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



This industry-based qualification will give a thorough insight into the Australian screen industry. You will build valuable relationships while being closely mentored by many of Australia’s most successful industry producers, screenwriters, production managers and content developers.

All of your learning will be in an immersive, creative, real-world business environment. It is an intensive 12-week course that will provide you with the professional networking opportunities you need to hit the ground running in the film, television and media industries.

Partner description

Matchbox Pictures is a film and television production company that makes world-class screen content for a global audience.

As one of the most dynamic and innovative production houses in Australia, Matchbox has enjoyed continued domestic and international acclaim as a result of telling stories that inspire and entertain.

Matchbox Pictures has been awarded Media Production Business of the Year three times by the Screen Producers of Australia Association.

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.

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

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. 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. 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 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 film and television sector 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 including producers 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 and entertainment, animation and feature films. Their projects include ClickBait, Hungry Ghost, and Stateless. And coming soon – Class of 07 and Bad Behaviour. 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.

UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

Career outcomes

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 industry executives. 

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.


In 2021, the total Australian media and entertainment market reached $45.6 billion1.

1PwC’s Entertainment & Media Outlook 2022


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 have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. 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 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

The Graduate Certificate in Film and Television is a must-do for aspiring film producers, writers and directors searching for an effective route to bridge university studies with industry employment and engagement. The course provided me with the perfect opportunity to form many important industry connections in a one-on-one intimate environment, and the advanced knowledge I have attained is far beyond any other course of its kind. From ideas on paper, to the distribution and broadcast of a project – every single step of the film and television production journey is explained in immense detail. This truly unique program has left me with an extremely clear vision of how to best pursue my individual film and television industry dream, and along the way has formed life-long allies with my classmates and mentorships within the heart of the industry.

Lewis Kennedy

Graduate Certificate in Film and Television

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Lewis Kennedy

Graduate Certificate in Film and Television

To be honest I enrolled in the graduate certificate in film and television at UniSA on the basis of Matchbox involvement. There is nothing quite like exposure to the ‘now’ that Matchbox can provide. Key members of the Matchbox team joined other guest speakers who are all at the top of their game, sharing their expertise across writing, contracting, budgeting, pitching, production and much much more. Add the tailored course coordinator and director’s support with the access to equipment and graduate student crew and it all adds up to ‘fantastic’. I've renewed my confidence, met future collaborators, gained a rare insider’s view, and obtained a vital snapshot of the industry right now. Highly recommend.

Sharon Cleary

Graduate Certificate in Film and Television

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Sharon Cleary

Graduate Certificate in Film and Television

There is no other course like this in Australia! The highlight was meeting and learning from some of the film and television industry’s top producers, directors, executives and writers in Australia, which is invaluable. I was also able to pitch my short documentary to ABCiView, which gave me an incredible real-life opportunity to pitch to the industry. This enabled me to prepare for a scenario that occurs all the time in the industry and was a fantastic experience.

Meg Martin

Graduate Certificate in Film and Television

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Meg Martin

Graduate Certificate in Film and Television

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

Graduate Certificate in Film and Television
Producer's Assistant | KOJO


Jodie Kirkbride

Graduate Certificate in Film and Television
Producer's Assistant | KOJO