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Screen Production (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Screen Production (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Glen Stasiuk | Email: g.stasiuk@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6468

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Screen Production
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external)
Description This major trains students to be film-makers. Students will learn current screen industry practices and their theoretical principles, including script-writing, producing, directing, cinematography, digital video editing, sound recording and design, post-production digital compositing, and photographic skills. Units cover a mix of screen practice and image theory, and students can choose one or two specific production pathways: drama or documentary. Students will engage in the film-making formats of documentary, drama, music-video, experimental, webisodes, television studio, and more.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
MLO 1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts in Screen Production demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
* The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of Screen Production
* The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
* Global perspectives, including an awareness of and respect for the social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
MLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts in Screen Production are effective communicators who demonstrate
* proficiency in producing written arguments and creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of Screen Production
* capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
* ability for creative and/or competent communication through a range of visual and aural mediums and genres
MLO 3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Screen Production gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
* analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
* a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to Screen Production

APPLICATION
MLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Screen Production demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
* a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
* critical self-reflection
* creative problem solving
* innovative thinking and communication
* creative and competent engagement with technology
* a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
MLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Screen Production have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
* give and receive critical feedback
* work effectively within team environments
* respect the thoughts and opinions of others
MLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Screen Production demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Graduates can expect to find employment in a wide range of fields, from the creative industries (online, advertising, television, music, film) to management, administration, public policy, media research. Graduates will also have had ample opportunities to be familiar with a range of film and video crew functions such as screen-writing, producing, directing, editing, production design, digital compositing, lighting, cinematography, sound recording and design etc.
Professional Recognition Murdoch University is a member of the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association.
Recommended Double Majors Communication and Media Studies; Journalism; Public Relations; Sound; Web Communication
Excluded Minors Screen Production
Main research areas Media studies; Australian indigenous media; creative industries; film; cinema; television; sound; new media; digital video; documentary; YouTube
Quota Some of the production units in Screen Production are subject to quota. In certain instances, and at the discretion of the Academic Chair, the Part I prerequisite may be waived for students with previous production experience.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 6 credit points

SCR100 Introduction to the Screen - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SCR101 Screen Production 1 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

General Electives - 12 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Unit - 3 credit points

SCR200 Writing for the Screen - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 6 credit points

SCR320 Advanced Screen Production - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SCR348 Screen Text - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Specified Elective Unit List

Select Specified Electives from the following units during Years 2 and 3, subject to individual unit prerequisites. At least two units must be at 300 level.

Drama Pathway

SCR201 Screen Production 2 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

SCR222 Production Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SCR312 Professional Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Documentary Pathway

SCR300 Documentary - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

SCR304 Documentary Production - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SCR303 Factual Production - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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