Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film & Television)

  • 2 Years (6 trimesters)
  • Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
  • Undergraduate

Film + TV production relies on a combination of art forms – writing, photography, music, design, acting and more. At its heart, however, is the pure power of imagination. Whether you are drawn towards content creation or production, JMC graduates find jobs in a wide variety of creative, technical or managerial roles within the screen industry.
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Diploma of Film & Television

  • 8 Months (2 trimesters)
  • Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
  • Undergraduate

An introduction to the fundamentals of film and TV, the Diploma 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.
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Student Showcase

Our Lecturers

Samantha Laidlaw

Film & Television Lecturer

Samantha Laidlaw

Film & Television Lecturer

Peter George

Head of Film & Television (Melbourne)

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)

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.

FAQs

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. 

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. 

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 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. 

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.

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

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.

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. 

You will mainly be working with AVID editing software, and you will also gain exposure to Media Composer, Photoshop and After Effects, and certain types of screenwriting software.