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Guide to entry thresholds

OP 7

Rank 86

Course information set

  • Develop skills in cinematography, editing, sound or directing, or learn how to be a producer or scriptwriter.
  • Showcase your work to industry professionals and external clients at public screenings.
  • Choose from a range of genres including documentary, drama, television, experimental film while exploring digital and mobile platforms.
  • Graduates have made films or programs that have won Oscars, Emmy, BAFTA, AFI and IF awards, and screened at major international and Australian film festivals.
QTAC course code421342
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 056185A
  • Advertising Professional
  • Artist
  • Film Composer
  • Film/Television Producer
  • Internet Professional
  • Lighting Designer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Media Producer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Post-production specialist
  • Producer
  • Technical Officer
  • Visual Arts Teacher


Storytelling for screen is no longer restricted to big-budget cinema releases and television series commissioned by major networks. The need for quality content across digital media delivery platforms such as subscription TV, mobile devices, internet, promotional campaigns and film festivals and events is leading to lucrative opportunities for multiskilled professionals to generate highly creative, captivating productions.

This course gives you a broad base of knowledge, skills and experiences to explore a wide range of career options within the film, television and digital media industries before specialising in an area of your choice. If you are interested in producing you may find your niche as a creative entrepreneur, learning how to generate ideas and develop them into finished productions. If your passion is cinematography, editing, sound or directing, you will develop your technical skills by producing high quality creative content. Alternatively, you may wish to hone your skills in script-writing.

Why choose this course?

This film course for the digital age provides opportunities to develop your skills in producing, writing, editing, sound, cinematography or directing. You will learn skills used in audio-visual media, gain business and leadership skills, and knowledge of how the entertainment industry works. Regardless of your chosen specialisation, this broad base of skills will make you attractive to employers, or set you up to better take control of your freelance career. 

You’ll have opportunities to work in a range of genres including documentary, drama, television and experimental film, across formats including film, television, digital, web and mobile platforms. You’ll be prepared for the industry, whether you plan to work in an established production house or develop a freelance career.

You will be industry ready for the career path you choose to pursue. You will gain experience in your specialisation by working with other students to produce creative works for external clients and may have your works showcased to the industry at public screenings in your final year.

There is an emphasis on creating quality content for a broad range of applications. You will choose from a range of genres, including documentary, drama, television formats and experimental film, and be encouraged to consider formats that include film, television, digital and mobile platforms.


Career outcomes

Graduates work in the film, television and screen industries in entry-level positions on film sets, for production companies or screen media outlets, and as freelance professionals. Career outcomes include cinematography, vision and sound editing, directing, script-writing, producing or production management. Those who specialise in producing may aspire to work in research, production management, script development and editing, or programming and scheduling for screen media outlets. There are many opportunities for graduates to start their own specialised business in the industry.

Our graduates have gone on to make films or programs that have won Oscars, Emmy, BAFTA, AACTA and IF awards. They have screened at prestigious festivals worldwide including Cannes, Tribeca, Berlinale, Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and Tropfest.

QUT graduates have worked on films such as The Martian, Hacksaw Ridge, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Doctor StrangeBurning Man, My Mistress, Harry Potter, The Wolverine, Quantum of Solace, The Great Gatsby, Les Misérables, Batman Returns, Battleshipand Total Recall.

Television programs include True Detective, Westworld, Hoff the Record, Secrets and Lies, The Night Manager, Battlebots, Australia’s Got Talent, Big Brother, MasterChef (USA), The Voice, X-Factor, Australian Story, Go Back To Where You Came From, SLiDE, and Absolutely Fabulous, The Thick of It, and Quick Cuts for BBC London.

Music videos include those for Powderfinger, Silverchair, Washington, and many others.

This course can be followed with a graduate-entry teacher education course which enables you to become a qualified teacher. Entry to graduate-entry teacher education courses usually requires you to nominate a two different teaching areas, so you may need to have studied a range of units in a different subject area to the main focus of your degree. Find out more about our education courses.

There are also pathways available for professional or research postgraduate studies.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film, Screen and New Media)

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film, Screen and New Media), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Film, Screen and New Media major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). The Situated Creative Practice Extension comprises KYB301 Situated Creative Practice 1; plus 24 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Options list (a maximum of one elective can be chosen from this list).

Year 1

  • Gain understanding of relevant cultural contexts for your work.
  • Study styles and genres from film and television formats.
  • Learn practical skills in writing and business.
  • Develop technical skills in directing, camera, editing and sound.

Year 2

  • Gain specialist skills in producing, writing, editing, cinematography, sound and directing.
  • In producing, develop skills in film and screen ;production, and gain experience in pitching your ideas, audience measurement and legal issues.
  • In the craft areas, work on sophisticated, broadcast-quality equipment including digital formats and multi-camera.
  • In writing, develop knowledge of genre and further develop your writing skills including dialogue.
  • Work collaboratively to create experimental productions, music clips, short productions or television programs.

Year 3

  • Work as a member of a creative team on major productions.
  • Build on and refine your knowledge and skills.
  • As a specialist, work in teams on documentaries, dramas, television series or digital media content.
  • For producing, learn project management and the multifaceted role of producer.
  • For craft-based specialisations, experiment with broadcast-quality, digital and mobile formats.
  • Opportunities to undertake internships.
  • Showcase your work to industry.

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 7

Rank 86

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

Additional costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Find out more about additional course requirements and costs.

2019: CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film, Screen and New Media)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

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You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (421342) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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