University of South Australia

Film and Television

Interested in Film and Television?

Combine your creativity with our advanced technologies and enter the exciting world of film, television, visual effects (VFX) and digital media.

Film and Television at UniSA combines practical production, workplace experience and theory taught by professionals, and provides students with a comprehensive degree in film, television, VFX, and media production. All of our Film and Television qualifications are created in close consultation with leaders in the creative industries so your studies are always professionally relevant. You’ll learn using industry-standard facilities, including television, radio, production and sound studios. 

Through internships and industry placements you’ll gain collaborative, real-world experience and you’ll finish your studies with a professional standard portfolio of work. You even have the opportunity to undertake a full year placement with Rising Sun Pictures, as part of the Bachelor of Film and Television. Or, further your qualifications and networks and study a postgraduate VFX qualification on location with the team at Rising Sun Pictures studios in the CBD. 

Or, if you're an experienced film producer and wanting to expand your knowledge and networks, studying with UniSA will have you in the room with prominent industry execs with our Graduate Certificate in Film and Television

The currency and relevance of our Film and Television qualifications means you will graduate career-ready, and be a valuable asset in an industry that is constantly changing and adapting. With a qualification in Film and Television you’re set to educate, entertain and inspire the world. 

Key features

  • Work on real-world projects with industry professionals.

  • Graduate career-ready, with your own portfolio of work. 

  • Learn in industry-standard television, production and radio studios - UniSA is home to one of SA’s largest green screens.

  • Choose to study part of your degree overseas as part of our international exchange and in-country study programs.  

  • We have world-class research in Creative Arts and Writing1.
  • Have the opportunity to take part in the Film Concept Lab, as part of the Bachelor of Film and Television.
  • Work with the latest software, hardware and technologies, including industry-standard cameras, and our new motion capture and VR studios. 
  • Study at SA's No.1 university for Graduate Careers2.
  • Have the opportunity to be selected for a placement with visual effects studio, Rising Sun Pictures.*

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
*as part of the Bachelor of Film and Television

Why UniSA?

Building your career is our business – and we are very good at it. We're number one in South Australia for graduate careers1. You will learn in our on-campus TV studio, radio studio, sound studio and editing suites, and our collaboration with Rising Sun Pictures and Matchbox Pictures means you will gain real-world experience and be in the room with industry executives and hirers.

You’ll be taught by professionals who lead the pack in their industry. Our academics and tutors have a very practical approach to learning, and you’ll work on real issues and get real experience. We’ve invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

We’re also Australia’s youngest university to get five-stars in research2 and this excellence shines through our teaching. Our people are inspired by challenges and opportunities. We partner with local icons and international industry professionals to focus on real-world projects.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.  
22020 QS Stars Ratings

UniSA offers the following Film and Television degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Unreal Engine
Jam Factory
Matchbox Pictures
Rising Sun Pictures
Festivals Adelaide
Mighty Kingdom
We Made A Thing Studios Logo
Channel 44
Writers SA
Adelaide Film Festival
Match Studio
Government SA - Department for Innovation and Skills
Helpmann Academy

Your career

Media Arts studies can lead to all kinds of exciting and diverse careers. Here are just a few:

  • Director / Filmmaker: create, direct or produce feature or short films for cinema, television or online
  • Visual Effects artist: work as a compositor, FX artist, 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
  • Digital/Web Designer: this is a very broad field that includes developing a visual look and doing technical production for websites, games, apps, and graphics
  • Video Editor: part of the post production process, video editing can also include working with special effects
  • Graphic Designer: use industry-specific software to design and produce print, web and multimedia products; some graphic designers are also illustrators
  • 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
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university and our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,000 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like: 

  • Disability SA
  • Royal Society for the Blind
  • Seven Network
  • Nine Network
  • Network Ten
  • Australian Broadcast Corporation
  • Rising Sun Pictures 
  • Matchbox Pictures
  • Mighty Kingdom

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

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

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Study at UniSA

Hear from graduate, Keachie Manalastas, as she talks about her experience studying UniSA's Bachelor of Media Arts (now called Bachelor of Film and Television) which equipped her for work experience with Mighty Kingdom where she now works.

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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)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA- founded universities only.


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and innovation.*
*2020 QS Stars Ratings