Over the space of three years, students will have the opportunity to discover and explore the world of motion picture production through the following core areas: Ideation Studies, Contextual Studies, Discipline Studies, Project Studies and Reflection Studies.
Not only will students work collaboratively to creatively engage with and understand the rich diversities of theories surrounding motion picture media, they will also learn how these contribute to the making of a product. During this learning process, students will develop the concepts and perceptual capacity necessary to produce their own original, rich and exciting work. They will do so with an understanding of narrative, how story is informed by conflict and its relationship to the human condition, as well as by exploring and comprehending how story is visualized and expressed through the medium, aesthetics and business of film, TV, stage and emerging media.
Students will have the opportunity to use the knowledge they have gleaned in Ideation Studies to experiment, play and imaginatively express their creative voice in the fields of production, screen design, image production, post-production and sound and music production. These discipline concentrations, and the perceptual and concrete skills they inform, have been conceptualized in such a way that they meet the ever-evolving production needs of the 21st century motion picture industry.
Key 21st century skills are covered, such as critical thinking, collaboration, career development and resilience skills, goal-setting and values, together with an understanding that the landscape of digital technology is ever-changing. These will encourage the development of creative individuals who are culturally aware, who have the capacity to exercise ethical considerations, and who are able to successfully integrate their abilities with others in a team. These skills will also provide students with a wider scope for future employment.
Here, students are given the opportunity to systematically apply the concepts and theories explored in Ideation, Discipline and Contextual Studies to producing a term project. For these projects, multiple learning narratives – such as feature narratives, television programs, series, documentaries, YouTube programs, mobisodes and webisodes, user-generated experiences among many others – are assigned to groups of students sequentially. This provides them with the opportunity to experiment and engage with a broad range of 21st century media forms.
The production process culminates in Reflection Studies, allowing students to critically reflect on their experiential project-led learning. Students are encouraged to link their theoretical learning to their experiences of the real world, mapping their growth and deciding how what they have learned during the creation of their projects will inform their career development, their investment in the world, and their own personal fulfilment.
Not only will each area of study be informed by instructive lectures, students will also attend regular small-group tutorials, an integral part of their learning process. In these tutorials, students will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of lecture content, and to critically engage with concepts and projects with the help and guidance of experienced tutors and lecturers. These individuals have the skills, understanding and empathy to offer necessary individual support. Tutorials are structured to encourage the sharing of individual creative ideas as a means to a successful collaborative outcome.
During the first eighteen months of the program, there are no electives and all students take all the subjects. First year students will have the opportunity to test and experience the many disciplines that contribute to the making of a motion picture production. Once the students have developed broad knowledge of the motion picture production process, and how they integrate to produce valuable products, they then begin to select the disciplines they would like to specialize in. During the last eighteen months of the program, students select one major discipline and one minor discipline to specialize in.