Short showreel of one or more filmed narrative sequences you have edited (fictional or documentary).
Bachelor of Screen Production
Duration: 3 years full-time
Credit Points: 144
Delivery: On Campus at Macquarie Park and Waterloo
CRICOS Code: 104943K
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP available)/International
IELTS: 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
AQF: Level 7
Tuition Fee: International Students: $10,000 semester/$60,000 total tuition fee
About the Sydney Film School partnership
Excelsia College is proud to be partnering with one of the world’s top film schools, Sydney Film School, to deliver the Bachelor of Screen Production.
The Bachelor of Screen Production is a 3 year full-time course. It is a third-party arrangement between Excelsia College and Sydney Film School (SFS) with the program accredited and qualifications provided by Excelsia College. The course is taught by Excelsia staff (of whom many are also SFS lecturers) and is subject to Excelsia’s policies and procedures.
The course is taught at both the Sydney Film School Waterloo Studios campus and Excelsia’s Macquarie Park campus. Students will need to travel between these campuses during the duration of the course but won’t normally be required to travel between the two on a given day. Travel time is approx 25mins by car and one hour by public transport.
An Excelsia Course Manager will be available at the Sydney Film School Waterloo campus to provide support to students.
The Bachelor of Screen Production is a unique model of training that is value-driven, heavily practical, industry-informed, professionally sustainable and socially directed.
Students will experience:
• state-of-the-art studio facilities
• unrivalled production opportunities – our students make around 100 short films each year (subject to numbers and loading)
• their own production budgets included in the course fee
• an opportunity to build up to 12 to 16 screen credits over two years
• access to a pool of acting students through Excelsia College’s Dramatic Art program and Sydney Actors School
• an environment that replicates the real-world industry practice.
Over the entirety of the course students experience a variety of roles in numerous productions which enables a diverse skill set when entering the industry. Students are organised into working film crews to practise on-set exercises and develop the necessary creative and organisational documentation to launch into filming. Screen productions can include short films, web-series pilots, documentaries, and experimental projects. The course teaches unique theory and philosophy for contemporary filmmakers, offering rich terrain for cinematic exploration. The course aims to inspire filmmakers and creatives using centuries of compelling storytelling narrative and self-reflection integrated with modern concepts and industry practice.
The course has been designed for future
• sound recordists and sound editors or designers
• screen editors
• production managers and coordinators.
• production designers
Students are taught and mentored by top industry professionals giving development to confidently stand out in a competitive industry.
The partnership provides industry quality equipment and creates a unique environment of collaboration with an expansive industry network.
Often film degrees can teach you the skills but not the storytelling. The Bachelor of Screen Production will transform your abilities to craft a narrative like no other.
The only higher education provider in Sydney, Australia that offers a creative hub of specialist students who can write, create, act, compose and produce all elements of filmmaking in-house
Students will create original films at SFS’s state-of-the-art facilities include a world class soundstage, screening room, movement studios, training rooms, production offices, postproduction mastering suite, editing suites, with industry ready cameras and equipment. For a full list of equipment see SFS’s equipment page.
Over the entirety of the course students experience a variety of roles in productions, enabling a diverse skillset when entering the industry. Students will learn skills ranging from pre-production all through to postproduction. An advantage of this course is the opportunity for students to gain invaluable experience and mentoring leading to specialising in:
- • Cinematography
- • Directing
• Design (set, props, etc)
• Production coordination
• Sound Production
Students are organised into working short film crews to practice on set exercises and develop the necessary creative and organisational documentation to launch into filming. Screen productions can include short films, web-series pilots etc. and major roles include directing, production management, cinematography, production design, and post.
To develop excellence in the art, craft and technology of production, we believe students crucially need critical thinking skills to analyse and evaluate current industry practices and strategically explore new modes of storytelling. Though the degree specialises students for work in the film industry, upon graduation students will have acquired entrepreneurial skills and abilities to transfer knowledge to other platforms e.g. online media content etc.
Practical on-set exercises and film industry analysis develop students’ understanding of:
- • On-set protocol and logistics
• Film terminology and on-set jargon
• Theoretical studies into the pre-production and production chain of command
• Personnel and processes
- • International industry trends and expectations
What do our students say?
‘Sydney Film School allowed me to have a hands-on approach to filmmaking and to my chosen specialty, sound. By working together with my fellow students as a team, I had tremendous experience and gained a very strong insight into the film industry. The professional mentors from Sydney Film School were always there for me, constantly guiding me through this great journey. I was very honoured to have received ASS award, which was called the Greg Bell Student Encouragement Award. Sydney Film School nominated me with two films out of my showreel to the ASSG. The films were ‘Drop Pocket’ (2017) and ‘Une pensée pour toi’ (2018).’
Jacob Hafner Keelan
Sydney Film School Graduate
Winner of the Australia Screen Sound Guild’s Student Encouragement Award
Introduction to Specialty Workshops
Foundations of Screen Storytelling
Philosophy for the Contemporary Filmmakers
Specialty Workshop I
Specialty Workshop II
The Filmmaker’s Life in Focus
Production Support Role A
International Industry Analysis
Production Support Role B
Designing My Creative Career
Advanced Production Design
Advanced Screen Editing
Advanced Sound Post-production
Advanced Production Management
Production Support Role C
For detailed descriptions of course units, please download the Bachelor of Screen Production Brochure.
Academic staff for screen production
Head of Creative and Performing Arts
Associate Professor Lotte Latukefu
Dr Ben Crisp
Production Design Lecturer
Storytelling, Screen Histories & Genres Lecturer
Philosophy for Contemporary Filmmaker & Film Industry Lecturer
Applicants for admission into the Bachelor of Screen Production will be required to provide evidence of completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent, or attainment of tertiary qualification, or satisfactory completion of at least one year’s full-time load in a tertiary course.
In addition to your online application you are required to submit a Portfolio and, if successful, attend an interview.
Applicants are required to present two short examples with a written rationale that demonstrate the applicant’s creative work. See portfolio details below.
Applicants will discuss their special areas of interest in film or video, any related experience they may have, and why they wish to do the course.
For a portfolio submission please include one of the following, together with a one page rationale and an indication of what role you have contributed to the work you submit. We are looking for evidence of creative initiative, effective planning, and coherent storytelling through image and/or sound.
If you are unsure of your area or have multiple interests, choose one. Each video submission is to be a short 1-3-minute showreel with the instruction below:
Short showreel of camerawork you have done.
A narrative PowerPoint sequence of still images that you have shot (up to 15 images, ppt. file) (fictional or documentary).
Short showreel of one or more filmed narrative sequences you have directed.
(fictional or documentary)
Short showreel of one or more filmed narrative sequences you have contributed design – set, props, costume, etc.
a storyboard PowerPoint sequence (fictional or documentary) that would be of 1-3 minutes duration onscreen
Short showreel of one or more filmed narrative sequences you have created sound design for.
Submit a short soundscape recording (1-3 minutes, mp3 file) that demonstrates some form of narrative. (fictional or documentary)
Short showreel of one or more productions you’ve managed (fictional or documentary).
Short showreel of productions of one or more narrative sequences you have written
Submit a sample script, formatted for film or TV (1-3 minutes onscreen duration, PDF format)
Students who have completed the diploma or advanced diploma with Sydney Film School are encouraged and invited to apply for articulation to the Bachelor of Screen Production.
Please contact one of our Student Advisors for further information.
Overseas students applying for admission to Excelsia College courses must have reached the age of 18 years by the commencement of their studies. Excelsia College will not admit overseas students who have not yet reached 18 years of age.
English Language Proficiency
Candidates whose qualifying studies were completed in a language other than English will normally be required to demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to the overall minimum score of 6.0 (no band less than 6) in the IELTS academic test.
For test score equivalencies for alternative tests visit the International Students page.
For more information visit visit the International Students page.
Applicants who do not have a NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) or completed their secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaking or completed vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then can apply for admission using work and life experience.
“Experience” could include a combination of factors which demonstrate readiness for higher education. Includes mature age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience.
For more information please visit the Future Students information page.