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Major: Screen Practice and Production

Major Details

Screen Practice and Production


Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts

This major must be completed as part of an award. The general requirements for the award must be satisfied in order to graduate.

Requirements for the Major:

Completion of a minimum of 24 credit points including the following prescribed units:

Credit points

200 level

Screen Production 1 (3)
Screen Production 2 (3)
Screenwriting: An Introduction (3)
3cp from
Australian Film and Television (3)
International Television and Beyond (3)
Introduction to the Cinema (3)
Documentary Media: Forms, Histories, Futures (3)

300 level

3cp from
Media Futures (3)
Media Internship (3)
Media Ethics (3)
Advanced Screen Production 1 (3)
Advanced Screen Production 2 (3)
3cp from
Screens, Images, Ideas (3)
Screenwriting: Images, Ideas, Stories (3)
Music, Sound and Moving Image (3)


Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Additional Information
Overview and Aims of the Program The major in Screen Practice and Production develops students' skills in production of screen media including screenwriting, filming, editing and critical analysis of the medium through studies of cinema and documentary, representation through screen media, international television and screen soundtracks. Students have the opportunity to complete an internship as part of the major and complementing their studies with industry experience.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. Analyse how ideas, themes or issues are represented through techniques and creative devices in screen media.
2. Apply practical, technical, creative and theoretical skills in image and sound acquisition such as producing, cinematography, lighting, production design, sound design, and editing skills.
3. Apply a range of screenwriting approaches, theories and methodologies.
4. Identify key debates, themes and concepts in the broad field of Screen and Film Studies.
5. Synthesise practical, conceptual and analytical skills through the writing, development and collaborative realisation of a creative screen concept.
6. Interpret and analyse a wide range of recent screen and film-cultural theories and practices of film-making.
Learning and Teaching Methods The major in Screen Practice and Production uses a range of learning and teaching methods to enable students to achieve the program level outcomes.

• Intensive teaching modes: Some of the units are delivered in an innovative intensive teaching mode involving practice-led teaching. These units 'front load' the semester with intensive teaching which leaves students more time to develop and work on projects.

• Lectures: While some lectures are delivered in traditional face-to-face format, others utilise the Echo 360 lecture recording system and pre-recorded video lectures. The array of formats in which lectures are available ensures that students have access to the lecture materials at any point during the semester.

• Tutorials: Tutorials provide an opportunity for students to critically engage with the selected topic(s). Tutorials provide three key markers: First, they provide forums for resolving uncertainties within and questions about the set materials and topics. Second, tutorial participation generates knowledge. Through tutor-led and peer-assisted direction, students generate knowledge of the subject. Third, tutorials enable students to put generated knowledge into practice through activities such as discussion, debate, group tasks and presentations. Additionally, the knowledge generated in tutorials underpins assessment structures and tasks.

• Workshops: Production units utilise workshops in which students develop production skills such as scriptwriting, filming or editing. Guided workshops enable students to generate knowledge and apply it to an individual or group production. Student learning is supported by teaching and technical staff with industry-grade knowledge and skills.

• Teaching materials: A range of teaching materials are used to support and direct student learning:
a. lectures (face-to-face and recorded)
b. traditional paper-based and electronic readings
c. text books
d. audiovisual material including film screenings
e. group task handouts/worksheets
f. industry speakers
g. student film screenings

• Program structure: Students develop their practice through a progressive sequence of four screen production and two screenwriting units layered across 200 and 300 levels. Each unit builds on the previous one to expand students' knowledge and capabilities. Additionally, a suite of critical theory units are offered to support students' production skills with a rigorous knowledge of screen media. For their capstone, students have the option of MAS316 Media Futures or MAS350 Media Internship (students pursuing a double major will complete both). MAS316 encourage students to be reflective and prepared for employment through offering a range of invited industry speakers, many of whom are leaders in their field. MAS350 (also a PACE unit) allows students to complete an internship relevant to their studies and fosters reflection on the alignment between their studies and the workplace.
Assessment The major in Screen Practice and Production provides a blend of critical theory and media production resulting in a diverse assessment schema:

• Essays: Essays range from 500 to 2500 words and are used to assess a range of outcomes from demonstrating comprehension of a particular issue to synthesizing multiple sources to evaluate a case study. Essays are frequently used in production units which require students to critically articulate applied theory.

• Projects: Students create numerous projects throughout the program depending on their chosen production path. Projects include:
a. documentaries, features and dramas
b. scripts, storyboards and screenplays
c. screen soundtracks

• Quizzes: Used to periodically assess understanding and comprehension, quizzes also motivate students to participate in a culture of learning by engaging with teaching materials. Quizzes may be in-class or take-home and paper-based or conducted electronically via the learning management system.

• Presentations: Students develop the ability to articulate information in a number of forms. In addition to the above, presentations assess students' abilities to meaningfully articulate information. In addition to their peers, students may deliver presentations to staff (in simulated client scenarios) or industry guests.

• Participation: Students are assessed on their meaningful contributions to a culture of learning. Participation is assessed through engagement with discussions, debates, tasks through learning teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, workshops and online tasks. Through participation students engage with a commitment to learning and develop reflective practices.

• Other: Other assessments include blogs, reflective journals, production diaries and minutes of group meetings. Learning and teaching innovation is a strong feature of the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies and alternative assessment methods are frequently trialed.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates with a major in Screen Practice and Production are prepared for employment in a range of areas and roles including camera operator, script writer, director, editor, documentary film and television. Graduates have been employed by organisations such as SBS, Nine Entertainment, ABC and Gamespot. The internship and participation opportunities embedded in the major further allow community engagement which helps shape students' future directions.
While many graduates seek employment at the conclusion of their undergraduate studies, some feel compelled to undertake further studies in the form of either a professional postgraduate award or a high research degree. The department currently offers professional postgraduate awards such as the Master of Creative Industries and Master of Future Journalism. The major in Screen Practice is designed to feed into these programs for students seeking practice-led further studies. For those considering a research pathway, the department offers the MRes and PhD programs.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

2017 Unit Information

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