Course in Film and TV Foundation Course (Part-Time)

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. While 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 in this competitive industry.

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

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 director's 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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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