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Master of Screen Studies

Course code L57

Provides students with industry-level skills, a show-reel of production work and a strong analytical and theoretical foundation relating to digital screen production.

Students are able to pursue a major area of specialisation from the following fields: producing, directing, screenwriting, cinematography, sound and editing. Students may also select secondary areas of specialisation. The course offers expert teaching by leading industry practitioners as tutors, mentors and guests. The course includes the professional production of six short dramas and documentaries, client-based projects and a web-series. The course also offers introduction to VR and feature film production, and a pathway to further post-graduate research. A unique feature of the program is the relationship with the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Students in the WAAPA acting department feature in Screen Academy productions, and the WAAPA costume, design, sound and music composition departments contribute to the productions.

Why ECU?

  • ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

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  • Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

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  • THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

L57

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $39,550

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1.5 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Early closing date 19-02-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

L57

CRICOS code

083664F

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $46,750

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1.5 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Early closing date 19-02-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to provide a personal statement. A detailed CV should also be provided. Additionally applicants must attend an interview, and provide a showreel, and have completed a related undergraduate degree or equivalent 3 years industry experience, with equivalents considered. Alternatively applicants can provide a folio.

    Note For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience; or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCR5120Screen Studies 120
SCR6100Specialist Workshop 120
SCR5101Production Preparation20
SCR6110Screen Project: Drama20
SCR6120Screen Project: Documentary20

NOTE: SCR5101, SCR6110 and SCR6120 are full year units that are taken over semester 1 and semester 2.

Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCR5125Screen Studies 220
SCR6105Screen Project: Client-Based20
SCR6125Screen Project: Web-Series20
SCR6150Specialist Workshop 220

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students enrolling at the start of the year can elect to complete the course over 12 months or 18 months. Students choosing mid-year entry will be required to complete the course over 18 months.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the recent developments in contemporary film, television and new media in an Australian and International context.
  2. Demonstrate and reflect on cross-cultural awareness, including indigenous cultural competence and its application to screen production.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of research principles, methods and trends required to produce screen projects.
  4. Demonstrate mastery of the theories, history, trends, characteristics and methods required to successfully plan and execute screen projects.
  5. Reflect critically on the problems in the production process, then develop and apply sustainable solutions to overcome them.
  6. Investigate, analyse and synthesise the theories, information, problems and technologies available during all stages of a screen project.
  7. Generate innovative ideas and evaluate complex concepts in the pre-production, production and post-production of screen projects.
  8. Research, interpret and communicate the theories and methodologies required to adopt appropriate roles to successfully execute a screen project to specialists and non-specialists.
  9. Design, evaluate, implement and analyse the theories, approaches and strategies of screen production to service clients and key stakeholders.
  10. Research, plan, apply and defend ideas, creativity and innovative practice to execute pre-production, production and post-production screen projects.
  11. Demonstrate a high level of interdependence and individual accountability through the critical evaluation of collaborative and individual processes or roles.

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $39,550 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $46,750 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This Masters degree prepares graduates for employment in the professional screen industries.

Possible future job titles

Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Editor, Sound

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    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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