Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film & Television)

Whether you’d like to be a director or producer, work behind a camera or get involved with post production, this course will help get you there.

JMC Academy offer bachelor degrees that teach you the fundamentals of the film and television making process from beginning to end. Become skilled in screenwriting and directing, cinematography and learn how to create everything from a short film to a television commercial.

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JMC Academy
Career Opportunities
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Camera Operator
  • Post-production Supervisor

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards


ATAR score of 65 or equivalent, minimum 17 years of age & an interview


NSW - Sydney

QLD - Brisbane

VIC - Melbourne

Work placement

No placement; practical skills are gained through Industry Integration Program

Course length
Full-time: 2 years
Study mode



Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assignments & Exams
Start date

3 start dates per year.

JMC Academy

JMC Academy is Australia's leading educator in the entertainment industry.

You will learn from a dedicated team of industry professionals, and you’ll gain hands-on skills in a supportive environment.

All campuses have the latest professional facilities – such as digital media and 3D animation labs, recording studios, digital television studios and editing suites.

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The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.


Year 12 or equivalent, with:

  • ATAR score of 65 or above or OP score of 16 or below
  • Written application
  • Minimum of 17 years of age
  • Interview

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Script breakdowns
  • Casting
  • Location searches
  • Applications for filming permits
  • Costume and prop selection
  • Digital special effects
  • Audience/market segmentation and profiling
  • Linear and non-linear post-production editing techniques

Industry Integration Program

You will gain hands-on skills through JMC Academy's Industry Integration Program, which replicates the way the entertainment industry operates.

The program involves students from different departments working together to achieve a final result.

Course structure

24 units


  1. Producing I

    The unit provides students with an insight into the role of the film and television producer. An effective producer must possess excellent management, research, writing and verbal communication skills, and should have a sound knowledge of industry protocols, organisations and legislation. A combination of academic research and writing, and production paperwork exercises will equip students to plan, schedule and effectively produce their JMC Academy student productions, and gain a solid understanding of the Australian film and television industry.

  2. Post-production I

    This unit provides students with both theoretical and practical knowledge of editing and a range of post-production practices. 

    Students will learn to engage with a range of software including AVID Media Composer 8 and Compression programs providing the fundamental skills required to edit and deliver most of their practical productions at JMC Academy. Whether the production is a drama, documentary or music video, a solid understanding of editing theory, techniques and styles - ncluding continuity style editing and montage theory - will help develop the student's storytelling skills and creativity in the edit suite.

  3. Camera & lighting I

    The purpose of this unit is to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge of camera operation techniques. It will also examine lighting fixtures and lighting, enabling students to incorporate camera and lighting principles to a broad range of projects. 

    The unit will also introduce and explore the relationship between lens and lighting as storytelling tools.

  4. Production project I: Studio project

    This unit is an introduction to the creative, technical, administrative and managerial aspects of film and television production. Students gain fundamental skills in the operation of cameras, lights, basic audio equipment and editing software, and engage with both single camera and multi-camera processes. 

    This unit orientates the student to the physical production environment (both studio and location) and develops their essential technical skills for all future production projects.

  5. Sound recording & design

    The purpose of this unit is to explore sound, its properties, how it is captured and manipulated, and its relationship to the screen. 

    Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of sound, investigate the techniques necessary to record sound in the field or in the studio, and edit and mix sound for a range of film and television productions. Sound is an important tool for conveying ideas, story and/or emotion and the skills and knowledge gained in this unit will prepare students for their screen productions at JMC Academy and beyond.

  6. Production project II: Documentary production

    This unit equips students with the skills and knowledge required to pitch and produce their own short documentary. There will be a range of in class activities to train the students in story development and research techniques, interviewing techniques, sound recording skills, documentary shooting and lighting techniques, and green screen compositing. Many of these skills and techniques will be utilised and then assessed in the final productions. Research, planning and communication skills are crucial to documentary production and students will need to be prepared to crew on each other's productions and interact with individuals and organisations outside of JMC Academy as their subjects. 

    There will be a series of assessments throughout the trimester including an initial pitch, the production paperwork and then the final documentary film, which will be screened in week 13. Reflective practice is an important part of the process, and students will also be required to submit an honest appraisal of all the productions they worked on in this unit.

  7. Screenwriting I

    This unit provides the student with a foundation in the craft of screenwriting. Each student will be expected to write a short screenplay for potential production in the following trimester. 

    Students will develop a fundamental understanding of story structure and learn to utilise the tools of a synopsis and treatment in the development of a short film or TV sitcom (situation comedy) script. Students will develop their screenwriting ability through the examination of other writers' works and existing screen content, and by dedicating their time to the required writing and rewriting processes. 

    Students will also be asked to consider the production values and costs associated with their ideas, and encouraged to come up with short film or TV sitcom ideas that are achievable.

  8. Screen history

    An awareness of the history of film and television gives new screen practitioners the contextual knowledge to help them understand current technologies and protocols, and predict future trends. 

    In this unit students will be given a broad overview of the major technological and cultural developments in the screen industry since the early days of cinema. There is a focus on both Hollywood, as a dominant influence on cinema internationally, and the Australian screen industry. Students will be introduced to some of the major Western film movements and periods, and relevant industry figures. T

    he overall aim is to broaden awareness of the artistic, cultural, political and economic contexts within which the local and international screen industry has developed and operated. Students will also continue to develop their academic research and writing skills in this unit.

  9. Camera & lighting II

    In this unit, students move beyond merely lighting a scene, to using lighting as a means to express what the scene is about. This requires an investigation into the aesthetics of image design, and a more in depth technical understanding of the camera, lenses and lighting and the relationships between these. 

    The unit enables students to creatively analyse a script and use the camera and lighting to convey emotion, style and narrative. This unit also provides students with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge of camera and lighting in order to approach a broad range of projects. 

    This unit covers the aesthetics of image design, investigating the relationships between lenses, light, framing, composition, movement and depth of field. Colour theory and the emotional qualities of light and images are also discussed during the course of this unit.

  10. Post-production II

    This unit provides students with both theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced editing techniques and a range of post production practices. Students will continue to engage with a range of software including Avid Media Composer 8, Sorenson Squeeze or Compressor, Photoshop & After Effects. Advanced editing skills are required to edit and deliver most practical productions at JMC Academy. 

    This unit will further enhance the skills needed to develop music videos, television commercials, web series and short films. You will explore advanced editing techniques, advanced image manipulation, and be introduced to motion graphics and compositing.

  11. Production project III: Short film

    Short films are artistic products in their own right that can find festival and online audiences all over the world. However they are also seen as a training ground for aspiring feature film or television drama producers, directors and crew. 

    In this unit students will work in specific drama crew roles on the production of a short film. Students will fulfil one key creative and one secondary role on productions and to refine their understanding of drama production techniques, will also be given the opportunity to produce a drama scene in both a single camera and multi-camera studio context.

  12. Outside broadcast & futures

    The purpose of this unit is to give you essential knowledge towards understanding broadcast and film processes, the complexity of the digital video signal and emerging formats. You are also required to research the current state of TV broadcasting, High Definition production and beyond 1080P. You will gain a deeper insight into live production protocols using the 450 Tri-Caster system and the technical necessities of managing equipment operation and setup procedures including testing and measurement procedures. Students will also gain an insight into the new and emerging large digital film production format technologies such as 2K, 4K and 3D acquisitions. 

    This unit may also form part of the Integration program as well, which may include an outside broadcast event working with music, animation, audio and entertainment business management students. When a major event such as showcase or contemporary music performance night, conference or seminar is scheduled to be produced a technical and operations crew will be formed from this unit to run the event. For the outside broadcast event rehearsals also form part of this unit and students will be required to engage in this process.

  13. Screen & genre studies

    An introduction to the study of film and television/video/digital media as mediums of fictional and documentary narrative and a study of the major developments in the history of cinema. Films will be analysed formally in terms of narrative, editing, mise-en-scene, shots, lighting and sound, and stylistically in terms of genre and authorship. Different theoretical approaches to screen studies including aestheticism, discourse analysis and semiotics. 

    This unit develops your ability to use a variety of critical approaches to studying screen and genre studies, with an emphasis on applying this to the development of your own creative projects. This investigation will deepen the meaning of your creative projects and prepare you for advanced study and research. Successful engagement with this unit will enhance the process of ideas generation for your graduate projects and provide a broader context to the impact of contemporary ideas.

  14. Screenwriting II

    This unit expands on the knowledge and skills developed in Screenwriting I, and introduces a more sophisticated range of writing tools.

    The unit explores various avenues of work for screenwriters from short to long form, and one off films to series television. In the current screen production environment, developing original ideas that have a clearly identified target audience is part of the game. Market potential has a direct relationship to budget, but even writers for the HBO network need to consider the feasibility of their ideas. Students will learn to analyse the marketplace and audience for their own work, and balance the production requirements accordingly by keeping locations, cast, art department, wardrobe and VFX elements to a minimum. 

    In this unit, students will develop a synopsis and treatment for a short animated/live action film, TV Series Pilot or a web series, and then go on to develop the screenplay. They are actively encouraged to bring all of their work-in-progress to class for peer engagement and for lecturer comment and guidance throughout the trimester.

  15. Production project IV: Integration

    The skills in this unit will develop the student's capacity to deliver high quality creative products in a client driven environment. Integration is a whole-of-campus production environment where each student has to collaborate with students from other departments in the planning and production of a music video. 

    These productions will require a 'real world' approach as students will be need to respond to a brief from management students and then collaborate with management, performance and possibly animation students in the production of a high quality music video. To deepen their understanding of client-based production environments, the students will also be asked to produce a television or web advertorial. 

    Similarly to the music video production, responding to a brief, and demonstrating an understanding of image, branding and target audiences are part of the challenge. Teamwork, collaboration and professionalism are all crucial to the success of these productions. Ideally the student will develop relationships in this unit that they can take with them through the rest of their degree.

  16. Directing I

    The purpose of this unit is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of directing drama. These skills can be used in a number of mediums including; short films, feature films, scripted tv shows, TVCs and Music Videos. Students will be introduced to the creative elements of directing such as script analysis, visualisation of the story, casting, directing performances, and camera coverage. 

    The practicalities of being a working director will also be covered, such as; how to "pitch" for a directing job, storyboarding, shotlisting, communication with actors and crew while on set, and the post-production process. Some class time will be dedicated to the analysis of acclaimed directors, and encouraging students to develop their own distinct directorial voice. Students will be introduced to the creative elements of directing such as script analysis, visualisation of the story, casting, directing performances, and camera coverage.

  17. Producing II

    The producer is the driving force for film and television productions, setting the goals and steering both the creative and administrative processes. The role starts well before pre-production begins, and continues after the final product is delivered.

    This unit is designed to further develop the student's producing skills by covering the current industry protocols from project inception through to distribution for a wide range of screen products. Production management paperwork will be covered including scheduling and budgeting, contracts, music clearances and licences, as well as the more creative endeavours of a producer - pitching, casting, compiling applications, financing, marketing and distribution.

  18. Popular culture

    We are surrounded by popular culture. Advertising, television, films, sport, DVDs, music, social media; the list goes on. The productions that you will be involved in producing will most likely be vying for a spot on the stage of popular culture. It is therefore important that you understand what popular culture is, why it is important and how it functions economically, politically and socially. Only by understanding the mechanisms that drive popular culture can you develop from being an audience member into a participant.

    This unit gives you the opportunity to broaden your creative perspective with the study of popular culture through observation, reflection, description and critical thinking in order to gain a deeper understanding of the artistic, cultural and political context of national cinemas and television productions around the world.

  19. Directing II: Mise en scene

    In this unit students are introduced to the concept of mise-en-scene through the eyes of a director from both a practical and theoretical point of view. Image design and analysis is the focus so the unit combines fundamental screen studies principles with an in-depth analysis of the creative production skills required from a director. There are many varying definitions for mise-en-scene, but broadly it encompasses everything within the frame. 

    Students will gain insight into how director's view lighting, palette, camera selection, camera movement, lens choice, framing, set design, sound design, blocking and editing, in the telling of a dramatic story. As emerging screen story tellers you will be expected to develop an active visual interpretive perspective and use acquired insights for helping to discover your own directorial style.

  20. Specialised project III

    This unit goes hand in hand with Graduation Project, providing students with the opportunity to devise and collaborate on several major creative projects. 

    The project units are designed to showcase the students' unique skills and talents. Ideally the production work submitted in the Graduation Project will become the student's "calling card" in the industry. Graduation projects can include a studio program, short films, web series, television or feature film pilots or documentaries, but regardless of the production type, all projects are subject to time limits set by the lecturer. Productions under 12 minutes will be looked on most favourably, but all projects will be considered on merit. Script or program development, the evolution of a creative vision and pitch, and pre-production are the main areas of focus of this unit, with some productions moving into the shooting stage during this trimester. All students will crew on each other's productions, and contribute the appropriate pre-production planning and paperwork required. Each student is required to do one major and one minor role (on separate projects) over the slate of productions, but there is also the option of doing 4 minor roles if a student wishes to specialise in a specific crew role, or does not want to take on the responsibility of a major role.

  21. Post-production III

    This unit offers you the opportunity to understand the collaborative nature of creating and producing broadcast and film title designs, station identities and graphics for the screen. During this unit you will develop your skills and knowledge in the process involved in responding to return briefs and creating projects from pre-visualization to effective realization. 

    Studying this unit will also enable you to develop and finalize your motion graphic sequences for inclusion into your own major work. You will be able to utilize your pitching skills for effective communication and also build a professional portfolio for prospective employers. The final rendered sequence will be an important acquisition to your show-reel.

  22. International cinema

    This unit examines a range of non-Hollywood national cinemas from a global and transnational perspective. Key theoretical approaches to national and international cinemas are examined, along with significant historical, textual, representational, and ideological issues. 

    Students will also explore the significant differences between Hollywood mainstream productions and the critical challenges posed by local production, distribution and exhibition models, along with those faced by filmmakers within these different cultures.

  23. Professional development

    This unit serves as a bridge into the industry for students in their final trimester of study at JMC Academy. Students will produce a self-devised professional development plan and work towards a portfolio made up of paperwork and a showreel that accentuates this vision. Students will also receive ongoing support and individualised feedback offered throughout the trimester. This PDP should be based on your individual career objectives. This should prepare students for future engagement with the industry in the form of an internship, attachment or work experience program OR the development of an industry-relevant project that the student aims to produce after graduation. 

    All students must submit a detailed PDP and a showreel, filmography and portfolio of professional documents on completion of the unit. Classes will cover industry protocols, career pathways, and professional practice and give students the opportunities to share their experiences and insights with each other. Industry awareness and the development of achievable career objectives, networks and promotional tools are the desired outcomes of this unit. Students will develop professional strategies to help them apply for jobs, build industry networks, develop professional projects, and access funding opportunities or grants.

  24. Graduate project

    The purpose of this unit is to draw upon the student's ability to apply conceptual knowledge and creative and technical skills to a polished professional standard in the production and post production of the Major Production that was pre-produced.

    This unit provides the student with an opportunity to collaborate on a range of complex, real world projects in both major and minor roles and working to a deadline. This unit completes the student's professional and practical study at JMC Academy. The student is now in a position to establish themselves as a film and television industry practitioner with a portfolio of work that can become their "calling card" in the industry. Throughout the trimester, there will be some directed classes, but most weeks students will be expected to attend scheduled post production meetings with their team mates and lecturer.

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