Bachelor of Arts (Screen Arts) - 2017

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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The screen arts course combines essential analytical, creative and practical production skills to provide an excellent springboard for a career in the film and television industries. Students work intensively with professional-level equipment in a challenging, creative environment in which they can focus on film and television production, screenwriting, or screen studies. Curtin was the first tertiary institution in Western Australia to offer a course in film and television and graduates have been successful in the local, national and international industries.

Film, television, and new interactive media have become the primary expression of contemporary culture, and the Screen Studies stream develops students' abilities to critically analyse programs and materials produced within their own culture as well as those of cultures around the world. It is a key area of cultural studies and provides a strong grounding for those students who wish to use it to inform their creative practice or post-graduate research.

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. explain critical theories relating to film, video and other forms of screen production and apply them to the development and production of high quality screen-based materials
  2. apply critical thinking and creative approaches to resolve issues and respond to challenges in their own creative practice
  3. access, evaluate and synthesise appropriate information in order to realise production outcomes
  4. communicate ideas to a range of audiences across a variety of media and purposes
  5. utilise media production technologies and apply them to create effective programs and screen-based materials
  6. apply learning strategies to build on skills and understandings in order to adapt to continually changing industry needs
  7. recognise the significance of global media and be able to apply international standards and practices in their creative practice
  8. value the cultural and intercultural nature of screen-based media and represent this knowledge at a personal and professional level
  9. demonstrate professional behaviour and standards and work collaboratively to apply them in all aspects of production-related activities.

Graduates may work in areas such as screen exhibition, curation, criticism or policy.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study;
  • Able to meet the university admission criteria requirements.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Admission Criteria
  • English Language Proficiency (Please refer to Special Requirements section)

Admission criteria

A. Applicants with higher education study

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Successful study through OUA – either:
    • Successful completion of Humanities Pathway OR
    • Successful completion of four OUA degree level units at pass level (this satisfies the English language proficiency requirement) OR
    • Successful completion of two OUA degree level units with separate evidence of English proficiency is required.
  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English proficiency is not required)

Completed bridging or enabling course

Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency

C. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Australian Year 12 students

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc

D. Applicants with work and life experience

Additional information

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language proficiency requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent)
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

If you haven't studied at university level before, we recommend you start with OUA Pathways (please see Option 1 below). OUA Pathways is ideal for students who want a structured start to their studies. Learn more about OUA Pathways

If you have studied at university level before, please follow Option 2.

If you're already enrolled in this course, please continue with your Level 1 units, followed by the Level 2 and Level 3 Major units.

Option 1 - Pathways

  • Step 1 - Complete 4 units from the Humanities Pathway table below.
  • Step 2 - If you did not complete COM155 Culture to Cultures as part of the Humanities Pathways unit, you will need to complete this unit now. If you have completed COM155 Culture to Cultures as part of the Humanities Pathways units, please proceed to Step 3.
  • Step 3 - Complete 2 more core Humanities units (1 unit of MED104 OR MCA110; 1 unit of MCA120 OR MCA100) in the 'Media Culture & Creative Arts First Year Stream' table
  • Step 4 - Complete Level 1 Major units i.e. SCA100 and SCA110
  • Step 5 - Complete the SCA200, SCA210 and SCA240 in Level 2 Major units
  • Step 6 - Complete either SCA220 OR SCA230 in Level 2 Major units
  • Step 7 - Complete the Level 3 Major units
  • Step 8 - Complete the remaining electives

Option 2

  • Step 1 – Complete APC100 and COM155 in the 'Media Culture & Creative Arts First Year Stream' table
  • Step 2 - Complete 2 more core Humanities units (1 unit of MED104 OR MCA110; 1 unit of MCA120 OR MCA100) in the 'Media Culture & Creative Arts First Year Stream' table
  • Step 3 - Complete Level 1 Major units i.e. SCA100 and SCA110
  • Step 4 - Complete the SCA200, SCA210 and SCA240 in Level 2 Major units and also select either SCA220 OR SCA230
  • Step 5 - Complete Level 3 Major units
  • Step 6 - Complete 10 electives

NOTE: No more than 10 units can be completed from Level 1 units.

Successful completion of 24 units.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM15 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Text and Culture
CMM19 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture to Cultures
COM1551 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Critical Thinking
PHIX1371 MAQ Sem1 Sem2 Sem3

1 Students should only complete ONE of these units.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture to Cultures
COM155 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Engaging Media
MED1041 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Narrating Selves
MCA1101 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Senses of Place
MCA1202 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Making Meanings
MCA1002 CUR SP1 - SP3 -

1 Student has to choose 1 unit from the choices of MED104 OR MCA110.
2 Student has to choose 1 unit from the choices of MCA120 OR MCA100.

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Screen Cultures
SCA100 CUR Coming in 2018
Introduction to Screen Practice
SCA110 CUR Coming in 2018

There are 2 Electives in the Level 1 course structure which students can select from any OUA undergraduate units.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Screenwriting
SCA200 CUR Coming in 2018
Reading Screens
SCA210 CUR Coming in 2018
Form and Style in Drama Production
SCA240 CUR Coming in 2018
World Cinemas
SCA2201 CUR Coming in 2018
Television Drama
SCA2301 CUR Coming in 2018

1 Student has to choose 1 unit from the choices of SCA220 OR SCA230.

There are 4 Electives in the Level 2 course structure which students can select from any OUA undergraduate units.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Screen Actualities
SCA300 CUR Coming in 2018
Thinking Screen Cultures
SCA310 CUR Coming in 2018
Experimental Screens
SCA320 CUR Coming in 2019
Special Topics in Screen Studies
SCA330 CUR Coming in 2019

There are 4 Electives in the Level 3 course structure which students can select from any OUA undergraduate units.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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We recommend that all students, as soon as they are eligible, should apply for and take a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). However, if you choose not to be a CSP student, please contact OpenCurtin via email to OpenCurtin@curtin.edu.au

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

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