Film & Television short courses

Film & Television short courses

Directing, Producing, Screen Writing, Animation, whatever your passion, it’s never too soon and it’s never too late to begin your creative journey.

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Film & Television short courses

Film and Television at the VCA is one of Australia’s most reputable and prestigious film schools. Noted for its high standard of film production and successful alumni, the School of Film and Television is an essential mix of practical training underpinned by a theoretical framework. Students develop craft skills with special emphasis on screenwriting, direction and editing.

Film and Television offers a range of short course options, from 3 day intensives to our year long part time option, the Film and TV Foundation Course.

Directing, Producing, Screen Writing, Animation, whatever your passion, it’s never too soon and it’s never too late to begin your creative journey.

Libby Porter
Short Course Coordinator
School of Film and Television

T: +61 3 9035 9033

Part time and Foundation courses

Download the Foundation Course brochure (pdf file, 961kb)

Download the Foundation enrolment form (pdf file, 67kb)

An intensive part-time filmmaking course for writer / director / editors. Develop your reel adding 3 short film productions. Commence your creative journey towards an exciting new career.


Course summary

Combining lectures and practical workshops, Foundations’ part-time delivery schedule is geared to enable people already studying or working full-time access to many of Australia’s best film industry practitioners and educators within our state of the art facilities.

Two short filming exercises (one Super 8 film, one Digital) plus one major short production will be individually written and directed by each student, adding three short films to your reel. Please refer to our downloadable brochure for a more detailed course breakdown (above). 

Reflecting the philosophy of our full-time programs, we deliver to the individual who is seeking to find their unique creative voice. Whilst the emphasis is on training writer/director/editors, you will also develop your knowledge and practical skills by experiencing the myriad of essential roles required on a film or TV production crew, including producing, sound recording, cinematography and production design.

This course provides emerging filmmakers with invaluable access to a wide range of industry professionals, empowering participants with the insight, confidence and connections required to move forward into this competitive industry. 

All students who complete the year receive a VCA Film and Television Foundations certificate of completion plus a DVD of all of the works generated throughout the year.

Foundations is an up-front fee paying course.



Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm, plus a minimum of 6 weekend days lecture/workshops in Semester One and a minimum of 9 weekend days in Semester Two.

Semester Dates
Semester One
Thursday 6 March to Tuesday 10 June
Mid semster break Tuesday 22 April and Thursday 24 April - No classes.
Easter and Anzac Day Tuesday 22nd April & Thursday 24 April - No classes.
Semester Two dates Tuesday 8 July to Sunday 30 November 
Mid Semester Break Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 August
Screening Launch Saturday 13 December 2014


Objectives and structure

Semester One introduces students to a mix screen culture and screen industry specialists with an emphasis on writing and directing. Students are taught by highly experienced industry professionals representing a range of departments. E.g. Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Location Sound Recordist, Sound Designer, Composer, Production Designer, 1st Assistant Director and an Armourer. Our Semester One first practical workshop is shot on super 8 film, the 2nd on our digital cameras. 

Semester Two commences with post production intensives and script tutorials followed by a series of lectures encompassing pre-production and production essentials such as the directors role in pre, casting & auditions, directing actors, legals & copyright, (Foundations students own the copyright for their films), safe set practices plus location and production management. Students access their own individual AVID offline editing workstation for both their Boots Shoot & Major production, ensuring professional, polished works.



Payment Option Cost
Discount Rate (Early-bird rate for full payment by 16/1/2015) $7,260
Yearly Rate (Due 2 weeks prior to course commencement) $7,810
Semester 1 (Due 2 weeks prior to course commencement) $3,520
Semester 2 (Due 2 weeks prior to course commencement) $4,620


Foundation Crewing and Pitch Night

Our Foundation students shoot their major productions starting late September through to late November. Please join us, listen to them pitch their projects and volunteer to work on one (or more!) of their films. (all students shoot for 2 full days, the majority of our productions are scheduled on weekends).

When: Tuesday 9th September
Where: Cinema 2, Grant St, Southbank.
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Light refreshments will be served after the pitch session. Please stay back, enjoy a cuppa and chat to the students whose film ideas (and shoot dates) may have appealed to you.

Your seat can be reserved by contacting the Course Coordinator Libby Porter:

We look forward to meeting you on the night!

Summer and Winter School

VCA Summer and Winter School Enrolment Form (pdf file, 81kb)

Camera Intensive - the Cinematographers Vision and Practice

This four-day course provides participants with an intensive hands on experience whilst discovering the world of the Cinematographer. Working in small camera teams you will take part in practical workshops on each of the 4 days.

Dates (weekends only)

  • 31 Januray and 1, 7, 8 February 2015
  • 9.30am to 5.00pm


Cost - $825

Upon completion if this short course students will have a detailed knowledge of the camera department, it's variety of roles and their pre-production, production & post-production responsibilities. Participants will also further develop their camera operation technique, lighting skills and understanding of how to use camera placement, the frame, movement, lighting and lenses to help tell the story. Additionally you will access a wide range of shooting formats discovering their individual capabilities.

Over 4 intensive days you will discover; the Department and the team. Hands on filming workshops everyday. Under guidance from tutors working in the Film & TV industry (DOP's, Camera Operators, Focus Pullers, Clapper Loaders, Gaffers and Grips) further develop your skills by doing. Experience a variety of roles including DOP, Camera Operator, Focus Puller, Clapper Loader, Data Wrangling, Gaffer, Grip. The story and key elements required to be a great Cinematographer. Multiple formats: From Sony Digital HDV to 7D's , HD (RED, Alexis, Scarlett) - which format and why? Shoot your own footage under a range of interior/exterior environments and test out each formats capabilities. Lamps and Lighting: Working within our Studio's training on grid lighting, operation and safe set practices. Tips and tricks for working with natural light. Safety and creativity, time and budget savers. Plus get a Grip on your movement!

Teenflix Take One

This practical three-day filmmkaing workshop provides participants with an intensive introduction to the key roles of this dynamic industry, Writing, Directing and Cinematography plus the opportunity to complete one mockumentary style exercise and 2 short films, all in only 3 days!


  • 2 to 4 July 2014
  • 7 to 9 January 2015
  • 10am to 4.30pm

Cost - $396

Objectives and Structure
The course delivers a series of intensive practical filmmaking workshops - the students learn by doing with hands on filmmaking workshops running on each of the three days. Working in small crews enables each student to express their own individual creative voice. Lead by experienced film practitioners/tutors, course participants have the opportunity to try a variety of film roles for e.g.: Writer, Director, 2nd Assistant Director, Actor, Camera Operator, Gaffer, Boomswinger and Grip. Included is shooting time in our state of the art film studios. The School of Film & Television emphasizes onset safe practices and working towards professional industry standards.

  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • Visual storytelling through camera placement, framing and lighting
  • What makes a great short film?
  • The Cinematographer & Camera Department
  • Lots of hands on/practical work, making short films.


Film & TV Short Course (Adult Intensive)

A three-day intensive designed for adults who wish to get a taste of what it takes to work in three of the key areas involved in this dynamic industry. Participants join this program for a wide variety of reasons;  to inspire and inform their own creative agenda, to kick start their career in Film & TV, to discover if pursuing further full-time or part-time study in Film & TV is for them, to expand their peer group, to connect with industry professionals, or all of the above. No prior knowledge of Film & TV industry practices is required, however, many emerging filmmakers with some prior experience find this program suitable for expanding upon their already established skills and connections.


  • 27 to 29 June 2014
  • 16 to 18 January 2015
  • 9.30am to 4.30pm

Cost - $165 per day or $440 for full 3 days

Objectives and Structure

Day One: Writing for the Screen: Participants explore the process of writing narrative drama for the screen. Instruction and discussion on how stories for the screen are created and developed (both film and television). Participants are also provided with extensive reading and reference materials.

Day Two: Producing: Participants will experience a comprehensive overview of the roles and responsibilities of the film Producer from project development to production, post-production, marketing and distribution. Discussion on the various roles a Producer takes on, from Associate to Executive - just what is a 'Creative Producer?' Additionally, low budget filmmaking and approaches to getting your foot in the door through short film production is discussed in detail during the afternoon session.

Day Three: Directing: Under instruction from an experienced director, approaches to working with actors & key crew members will be covered. Participants will also explore how to realise their own style, from performance through to choice of shots and framing. Professional actors join the class for the afternoon workshop.

Animation Short Course


How to apply

In person Take the form and payment to: 

The Faculty of VCA and MCM, 
Finance Department,
Music Building,
Level 4, 234 St Kilda Road, 

(EFTPOS available.)
By mail Return the relevant form with credit card details, cheque, or money order made payable to:
The University of Melbourne, sent to:

The Cashier,
234 St Kilda Road,
Victoria 3006.

(Please do not send cash in the mail.)
By fax Fill in the form and fax to Film and Television: 03 9035 9001 Attention Libby Porter
By email Download/print writable pdf, fill in, scan & email form to


If you have any further questions please contact the course coordinator directly.

Libby Porter
Short Course Coordinator
School of Film and Television

T: +61 3 9035 9033