Bachelor of Creative Industries (Screen Media)

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Bachelor of Creative Industries (Screen Media)


Program summary

Dr Joanna McIntyre
Program coordinator

Dr Joanna McIntyre

Establish your career in the exciting world of screen media

Career opportunities are multiplying in the rapidly growing areas of screen media content production and distribution. In this program you will gain in-depth knowledge of the changing nature of film and TV while fine-tuning your creative and technical skills, giving you a professional edge in the industry.

With a strong focus on combining theory with practical experience, you will work closely with experienced industry professionals to produce short films and documentaries, and have internship opportunities with production companies and film festivals.

In this program you will:
  • Learn the processes of creating screen media content – from screenwriting, to filming, to post-production.
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the media and communication sectors, screen aesthetics, and the social and cultural impacts of screen media, as well as its history and future.
  • Gain workplace experience and develop your network of professional contacts.
  • Undertake production and research projects to develop and refine your screen media knowledge and skills.
  • Graduate with a professional portfolio and showreel to showcase your talents.
Career opportunities:
  • Screen editor
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Media manager
  • Program researcher
  • Documentary maker
  • Media policy advisor

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (6) 72 units

CMN101 Introduction to Creative Entrepreneurship
CMN103 Introduction to the Creative Industries
CMN104 Introduction to Media and Communication Industries
CMN105 The Illuminated Screen: Introduction to Film and Television Studies
CMN150 Visual Journalism
COR109 Communication and Thought

Developing and Graduate courses (10) 120 units

CMN200 Introduction to Screenwriting: The Art of Visual Storytelling
CMN201 Children, Media and Society
CMN202 Screen Production and Editing
CMN203 Film Forms: Genres, Histories, Technologies
CMN300 Television: Advanced Concepts and Contemporary Issues
CMN303 Screen Media Project
CMN309 Transmedia Storytelling Campaigns
CMN313 Creativity, Design and Communication Project
MUS202 Music Production for Multimedia 

PLUS select one (1) course from:

CMN311 Industry Project 1: Communication, Creativity and Design
CMN312 Industry Internship 1: Communication, Creativity and Design

Elective courses (8) 96 units

Select 8 elective courses from the undergraduate elective course options. Students are strongly encouraged to use their electives to complete courses in the available Creative Industries disciplines.

Please note the total number of introductory courses that can be undertaken in this program is 120 units (10 courses)

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates.
  • Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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