FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the minimum entry requirements?

There are no pre-requites for the Certificate IV in Screen & Media however due to the screenwriting component it is preferable to have successfully completed a pass in at Year 11 English or VCAL Literacy. Applicants should be 18 years or over or turning 18 during their first year of study.

Applicants will participate in a short pre-training review during the interview so we can learn which of our three courses you are most suited for.

Applicants will be required to sit a short Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) Assessment to display competence in both skill areas of Reading and Numeracy as required by the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) 

How do you apply to the Film School?

All applications are made directly to Footscray City Films by completing the supplementary information form online via the website.  

Short listed Applicants will be contacted by the Film School to arrange an interview where they will be asked to present a folio of script(s) and films.

Interviews will be held during September, October, November and December for the following year.

Late applicants and those wishing to add this course at change of Preference must contact the Tim Spanos on (03) 8387 1515 or Ali Dullard on (03) 8387 1519  to arrange to have an late application sent out to them.

What Courses do you offer?

CUA60615  Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media is a three-year course incorporating the CUA51015 Diploma and CUA41215  Certificate IV in Screen and Media.

This qualification may allow students to enter the course at a later stage under Recognition of Prior Learning.

Courses are designed to teach the different roles in film and television production, postproduction and production management areas.

The Diploma of Screen and Media allows for more specialization in the technical and/or creative roles whilst the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media also incorporates legal and administrative requirements, as well as managing larger productions.

All student films are marketed throughout their courses for distribution in film festivals and workplace attachments.

What are the Materials Charges for each course?

The CUA60615  Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media has an annual Materials Charge of $4000.00, which includes an Administrative Charge of $200.00 and a refundable Bond of $200.00. There is a $100.00 discount for students who pay the full amount upfront prior to the commencement of the course each year.

The CUA51015  Diploma of Screen and Media has an annual Materials Charge of $4000.00, which includes the Administrative Charge of $200.00 and a refundable Bond of $200.00. There is a $100.00 discount for students who pay the full amount prior to the commencement of the course each year.

The CUA41215  Certificate 1V in Screen & Media has an annual Materials Charge of $400.00, which includes the Administrative Charge of $200.00 and a refundable Bond of $200.00. There is a $100.00 discount for students who pay the full amount prior to the commencement of the course each year.

A full breakdown of fees and concessions can be found here

Do you offer deferments?

A student can only apply for deferment once they have passed the interview and been made an offer of a place to the course which they have applied to. Any student wishing to defer their studies must Email Tim Spanos spanos.timothy.t@edumail.vic.gov.au during the offer period. All deferments are for one year only after which you will need to reapply

Do you have facilities for people with disabilities?

There is an elevator located at the ground floor to take you up to the film and TV department on Level 1 and an accessible bathroom available for wheelchair users and people with disabilities.

What facilities do you have?

We have a professionally set up TV Studio with green screen facilities which students use to film their projects. There is a Mac computer Lab running Final Cut Pro and Adobe CC.

There is a resource library at the college, with photocopying facilities and as well, students can access the library facilities at Victoria University. There is Internet access available to all students; Career advice, support and mentoring are available to students.

For more information visit our School Facilities and Student Services pages.

What is the length of each course?

The Advanced Diploma, the Diploma and the Certificate Screen and Media are all full time year long courses. Entry to each year level is dependent on completion of each qualification or credit transfer from one Institution to another or RPL.

Do you offer part time?

There is no part time available. All courses are full time year – long.

What is the structure of the School year?

The film school year runs over two Semesters with a term break at the middle of each semester.

For dates for the current and following year please visit our Key Dates page which will be updated regularly

Do you offer RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is strongly supported at the college where staff will assess students’ previously acquired skills for RPL credits.

Students transferring from another Institution will receive credit transfers where the subjects are the same.

You can access RPL information and application forms from the Downloads page

Do you have mature age entry?

Yes! Non Year 12 Applicants who do not meet the minimum tertiary requirements but have professional experience in the field of study proposed or related fields can apply.

All students must apply online directly through Footscray City Films. In addition students must telephone the Admissions Officer, Tim Spanos on (03) 8387 1511 arrange a time for an interview

Short listed Applicants will be contacted by the Film School to arrange an interview where they will be asked to present a folio of script(s) and films.

Interviews will be held during October, November and December. Late applicants and those wishing to add this course at change of Preference must contact the Film School on (03) 8387 1511 to arrange to have an late application pack sent out to them.

What do these courses lead to?

There are direct pathways into Media and Communication Degree courses at University of Melbourne, RMIT and VU University.

Footscray City College is recommended as a tertiary preparation course provider by the Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television School as well as direct application into the Film and Television Industry

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