Duration
8 Months (2 trimesters)
Locations
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
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February, June, September

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An introduction to the fundamentals of film and TV, the Diploma of Film & Television will let you explore cinematography, editing, lighting, location, sound recording, sound design, screenwriting and production management. Crew on an industry production to get the inside perspective, and even produce your own documentary.

Investigate the techniques and aesthetics of screen language and storytelling while working on a range of projects including a television studio program, green-screen exercises and documentary production, and gain experience crewing on other productions.

Why Study Film & Television at JMC?

Use our huge range of cameras & equipment including RED EPICs and multi-cam studios
Intern with major production and post-production companies and broadcasters
Gain real-world experience working on major events, festivals, conferences, awards nights and more

Technology & Facilities

We take film and TV seriously at JMC, with studios full of the best tech in the trade. You’ll have access to highly sophisticated equipment and recording studios, including RED EPIC-W™ HELIUM™ 8K cameras, Sony FS 700s, green-screen studios, editing suites, colour grading equipment including powerful iMac Pros and Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, classrooms fitted with 5.1 surround sound and full student loan facilities with lenses, cameras, lights and sound equipment available.

Duration

When undertaken full-time, the Diploma of Film & Television can be completed in 8 months (2 trimesters).

Upon successful completion of the Diploma qualification, students are eligible to continue their studies into the Bachelor Degree with advanced standing of two trimesters.

Core Units

The unit provides you 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 alongside production paperwork exercises will equip you to plan, schedule and effectively produce their JMC Academy student productions, and gain a solid understanding of the Australian film and television industry.

This unit is an introduction to the creative, technical, administrative and managerial aspects of film and television production. You will 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 you to the physical production environment (both studio and location) and develops their essential technical skills for all future production projects.

The purpose of this unit is to provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge of camera operation techniques. It will also examine lighting fixtures and lighting, enabling you 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.

This unit provides you with both theoretical and practical knowledge of editing and a range of post-production practices. You 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 your practical productions at JMC Academy.

Whether the production is a drama, documentary or music video, a solid understanding of editing theory, techniques and styles – including continuity style editing and montage theory - will help develop the student’s storytelling skills and creativity in the edit suite.

Provides you with a foundation in the craft of screenwriting. You will be expected to write a short screenplay for potential production in the following trimester. You 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.

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

This unit equips you with the skills and knowledge required to pitch and produce your own short documentary. There will be a range of in-class activities to train you 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 you will need to be prepared to crew on each other’s productions and interact with individuals and organisations outside of JMC Academy as your subjects.

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

The purpose of this unit is to explore sound, its properties, how it is captured and manipulated, and its relationship to the screen. You 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 you for your screen productions at JMC Academy and beyond.

The purpose of this unit is to provide you 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.

You 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 you to develop your own distinct directorial voice.

Our Lecturers

Samantha Laidlaw

Film & Television Lecturer

Samantha Laidlaw

Film & Television Lecturer

Peter George

Head of Film & Television (Melbourne) | Chair - Teaching & Learning Committee

As a Producer, Director, Writer, Interviewer and Script Editor, Peter brings a resume of credit and awards to JMC Academy. As a filmmaker, major credits include the award winning documentaries Original Schtick, Schtick Happens, The Dream of Love, Not So Straight and The Triangle Wars, and fiction films Absence and William. Original Schtick won 2 AFI awards and the prestigious Rouben Mamoulian Award at the Sydney Film Festival. Almost all of Peter's films have travelled widely around the globe, including Original Schtick and William, which were invited to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Triangle War premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival as part of the MIFF Premiere Fund, and recently won Best Australian Documentary at the inaugural Antenna International Documentary Festival.

In addition to filmmaking, Peter has also worked as a copywriter, a book editor, an industry consultant, an Advertising Account Executive and was the former Editor of If Magazine.

Peter George

Head of Film & Television (Melbourne) | Chair - Teaching & Learning Committee

As a Producer, Director, Writer, Interviewer and Script Editor, Peter brings a resume of credit and awards to JMC Academy. As a filmmaker, major credits include the award winning documentaries Original Schtick, Schtick Happens, The Dream of Love, Not So Straight and The Triangle Wars, and fiction films Absence and William. Original Schtick won 2 AFI awards and the prestigious Rouben Mamoulian Award at the Sydney Film Festival. Almost all of Peter's films have travelled widely around the globe, including Original Schtick and William, which were invited to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Triangle War premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival as part of the MIFF Premiere Fund, and recently won Best Australian Documentary at the inaugural Antenna International Documentary Festival.

In addition to filmmaking, Peter has also worked as a copywriter, a book editor, an industry consultant, an Advertising Account Executive and was the former Editor of If Magazine.

Mark Overett

Head of Film & Television (Brisbane)

Mark Overett is a writer/producer and founding partner of Australia/New Zealand production company New Holland Pictures Two. Mark’s films include 6 x AFI Award winning drama “Unfinished Sky” (2007, dir. Peter Duncan); NZ comedy “Separation City” (2009, dir Paul Middleditch), Danish/Australian action/comedy “At World’s End” (2009, dir Tomas Villum Jensen), and Finnish/German/Australian sci-fi comedy “Iron Sky” (2011, dir. Timo Vuorensola), thriller “The Fear of Darkness” (2014, dir. Chris Fitchett). Recently, Mark's film AZZURO, starring Olivia Simone and Grey's Anatomy's Giacomo Gianniotti, won Best International Short Film at the 2018 Santa Monica International Film Festvial.

Mark also likes to keep his toes in documentary production and is currently producing a definitive documentary and concert film of legendary punk band The Saints. He was also Writer/Post Production Supervisor on “ABBA – Bang-A-Boomerang”; and Executive Producer on “Shadow Play – The Making of Anton Corbijn”. He also wrote the UK documentary “Albatross” produced by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds”; and “Running Away” documentary (Ch 9). In 2018

As Script Editor/Script Supervisor, Mark’s credits include some 12 short films including the multi-international award-winning “The Landing” (2013, dir Josh Tanner ); “Maiden” (2013, dir Stephen Kanaris); “The Streak” (2013, dir Michael Gillett) and “Jacob Fights Giants” (2012, dir Janelle Rayner & Simon Toy)

Mark Overett

Head of Film & Television (Brisbane)

Mark Overett is a writer/producer and founding partner of Australia/New Zealand production company New Holland Pictures Two. Mark’s films include 6 x AFI Award winning drama “Unfinished Sky” (2007, dir. Peter Duncan); NZ comedy “Separation City” (2009, dir Paul Middleditch), Danish/Australian action/comedy “At World’s End” (2009, dir Tomas Villum Jensen), and Finnish/German/Australian sci-fi comedy “Iron Sky” (2011, dir. Timo Vuorensola), thriller “The Fear of Darkness” (2014, dir. Chris Fitchett). Recently, Mark's film AZZURO, starring Olivia Simone and Grey's Anatomy's Giacomo Gianniotti, won Best International Short Film at the 2018 Santa Monica International Film Festvial.

Mark also likes to keep his toes in documentary production and is currently producing a definitive documentary and concert film of legendary punk band The Saints. He was also Writer/Post Production Supervisor on “ABBA – Bang-A-Boomerang”; and Executive Producer on “Shadow Play – The Making of Anton Corbijn”. He also wrote the UK documentary “Albatross” produced by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds”; and “Running Away” documentary (Ch 9). In 2018

As Script Editor/Script Supervisor, Mark’s credits include some 12 short films including the multi-international award-winning “The Landing” (2013, dir Josh Tanner ); “Maiden” (2013, dir Stephen Kanaris); “The Streak” (2013, dir Michael Gillett) and “Jacob Fights Giants” (2012, dir Janelle Rayner & Simon Toy)

David Opitz

Head of Film & Television (Sydney)

David has been in the screen and media industry for over twenty years working on multiple award-winning projects.

Among those that stand out are two tours of Iraq six months apart, first under the last few weeks of the Saddam regime, then in the final stages of the American invasion. As the Co-Producer, camera and sound recorder in a two-person video journalism team, David produced an exclusive for the SBS Dateline program featuring Saddam’s only female minister, whom the American’s named Dr. Germ, and who was accused of being in charge of biological weapons production. During David’s second tour he also shot, sound recorded and co-field produced around 17 sequences for the Michael Moore feature length documentary “Fahrenheit 911”.

David Opitz

Head of Film & Television (Sydney)

David has been in the screen and media industry for over twenty years working on multiple award-winning projects.

Among those that stand out are two tours of Iraq six months apart, first under the last few weeks of the Saddam regime, then in the final stages of the American invasion. As the Co-Producer, camera and sound recorder in a two-person video journalism team, David produced an exclusive for the SBS Dateline program featuring Saddam’s only female minister, whom the American’s named Dr. Germ, and who was accused of being in charge of biological weapons production. During David’s second tour he also shot, sound recorded and co-field produced around 17 sequences for the Michael Moore feature length documentary “Fahrenheit 911”.

Ben Hackworth

Film & Television Lecturer

Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Film from Victorian College of the Arts in 2000, where he was awarded the highest mark for a graduating student. His graduating film “Martin Four” (Susan Lyons and Todd MacDonald) was official selection at 2001 Cannes Film Festival and went on to screen at over 20 international festivals. His Screen Australia funded short film “Violet Lives Upstairs” (Rebecca Frith) won the 2004 Australian Film Critics Circle Award for Best Short Film and screened at various major international festivals including Montreal, Sao Paulo, Mill Valley, Vladivostok, Palm Springs, and Melbourne. He was one of six directors selected for MIFF's inaugural accelerator programme.

With his screenplay for "The Serpent", he completed his Masters of Film in 2006 and went on to teach directing and screenwriting at VCA.

In 2008, his debut independent feature film “Corroboree” screened in official selection at Toronto, Berlin and Melbourne International Film Festival and gained much critical acclaim. Cannes Selector Laurent Jacob called it “enigmatic, playful like some sensual and modern Mankiewicz movie, beautifully directed, fragile…”
He is one of two Australians who have been selected for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Residence to develop the screenplay for "Ruins of Love", which was later selected as one of 10 international projects for the Cannes Atelier Financing programme. The film is currently financing with producer Lizzette Atkins - Unicorn Films.

Ben Hackworth

Film & Television Lecturer

Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Film from Victorian College of the Arts in 2000, where he was awarded the highest mark for a graduating student. His graduating film “Martin Four” (Susan Lyons and Todd MacDonald) was official selection at 2001 Cannes Film Festival and went on to screen at over 20 international festivals. His Screen Australia funded short film “Violet Lives Upstairs” (Rebecca Frith) won the 2004 Australian Film Critics Circle Award for Best Short Film and screened at various major international festivals including Montreal, Sao Paulo, Mill Valley, Vladivostok, Palm Springs, and Melbourne. He was one of six directors selected for MIFF's inaugural accelerator programme.

With his screenplay for "The Serpent", he completed his Masters of Film in 2006 and went on to teach directing and screenwriting at VCA.

In 2008, his debut independent feature film “Corroboree” screened in official selection at Toronto, Berlin and Melbourne International Film Festival and gained much critical acclaim. Cannes Selector Laurent Jacob called it “enigmatic, playful like some sensual and modern Mankiewicz movie, beautifully directed, fragile…”
He is one of two Australians who have been selected for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Residence to develop the screenplay for "Ruins of Love", which was later selected as one of 10 international projects for the Cannes Atelier Financing programme. The film is currently financing with producer Lizzette Atkins - Unicorn Films.

JMC really kicked the door open for me. With solid skills training and industry networking opportunities, JMC really does hold the key to success in this industry.
Charles Duncombe - Head of Creative, SoHO & Showcase Channels - Foxtel Network, 2014 Alumni Award Recipient and Promax and Astra Award Winner
Film & Television Alumni
The foundation I gained at JMC made me feel competent from my first role. Now I drive to work through Hollywood, where I work on amazing projects every day. I have reached my life goal!
Brett Morris - Creative Director, Ranger & Fox
Film & Television Alumni
In two years at JMC, I worked on over 15 projects, most of which I was in a major role. I've learnt how to do so many roles I never even knew about, and been pushed to my creative limits many times.
Rebekah Evans - Film & Television Studio Manager
Film & Television Alumni

Are you ready to take the next step toward your career in Film & Television?

FAQs

No, you do not need to provide any samples of work to be eligible. However, you are welcome to provide samples of work. Any scripts you’ve written, youtube clips, short films, story boards you’ve drawn, visual and written ideas for films or tv shows, and any technical experience you may have had either in school, via extracurricular activities, work experience or volunteer work.

No, our courses are hands on and practical. Students are required to attend classes to receive ongoing mentorship, learn new skills and work with the equipment provided. We do encourage our students to use online study resources, however our courses would not be as immersive as they are without the practical component.

Absolutely. You do not need to have had any experience with film equipment as we cater to all levels of experience.

Yes. The JMC Academy is registered and regulated by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) which is Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector, both public and private.

You will not need to purchase your own computer or any film gear as we have fully equipped editing suites and an equipment loan service with quality mics, lighting, cameras and a myriad of accessories available for student use.

Although you may want to be a film maker, it is important to have a wide range of skills when entering the industry. You will still learn about film making in great detail, however this course will provide you with a greater range of career options upon graduation. The skills learnt may be applied to film as well as television production.

You will do a range of assessments that will demonstrate your understanding, including short film making, documentaries, television commercials, music videos, live broadcasts and multi-cam, pitches and presentations, sound recording, film analysis and screenplays. At the end of the Bachelor there is project based work where you'll be able to choose your main assessment, which could be any of the above.

You'll start learning the proper way to handle the film gear in your first Trimester. Students are then assessed on their competency for handling the equipment. Once this is undertaken, students are able to loan cameras and equipment suitable for their on campus or on location shoots, projects and assessments.