This major prepares you for comprehensive opportunities in the expanding screen-based media industry.
Throughout your studies you'll be able to develop and enhance your passion for creative media production and storytelling – skills that are sought after in many fields.
You'll develop practical and analytical skills while developing an understanding of a growing multiplatform industry. You'll learn to apply screen theories, understand the importance of cinema history and how screen communication informs, entertains and engages audiences – all of which will help you in creating your own works in the realms of factual events and drama.
You'll develop technical skills in areas such as production and emerging types of contemporary digital post-production (such as virtual backgrounds and visual effects), using Curtin’s advanced production facilities to develop the technical and practical skills of an effective visual storyteller. These facilities include:
- Western Australia’s largest working television studio in a tertiary setting
- a suite of high-definition cameras
- sound recording, lighting and grips equipment
- editing, grading and audio postproduction labs.
In your final year you’ll write, direct or produce a major screen production to industry standard.
If you choose to study Screen Arts as a single major, you’re encouraged to choose elective units from within the discipline, to enhance your understanding and career opportunities.
Screen Arts is offered as part of the Bachelor of Creative Arts.
You can also study Screen Arts as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.
How this course will make you industry ready
- Screen-based media and entertainment is one of the most consistent growth industries over the past 20 years. This industry is expected to grow and expand in new directions with new opportunities.
- Screen production and communication skills are valued across a range of industries, offering varied and interesting career opportunities locally and internationally.
- Screen production, writing and studies connect with a variety of disciplines, providing opportunities for a wonderfully creative and rewarding career.
- Curtin graduates have used their degree to develop entrepreneurial careers, work with community and government organisations, or undertake further study to become teachers in English and media.
What jobs can the Screen Arts Major (BCA) lead to?
- Film / TV / video director
- Production assistant / producer
- Camera operator / director of photography
- Sound recordist / designer
- Picture editor
- Multi-platform developer
- Post-production producer
- Script writer
- Screen critic / curator.
- Film and television
What you'll learn
- demonstrate an understanding of concepts, theories, methodologies, histories and production skills and techniques relating to a diverse range of screen media and arts as well as apply them to the development and production of high quality screen-based work
- apply critical thinking, creative experimentation and entrepreneurial skills so as to realise academic and creative practice-based outcomes
- communicate ideas effectively to a range of audiences utilising a variety of screen forms, genres and platforms
- demonstrate an appreciation of the cultural and intercultural significance of screen media, as well as local/global media cultures, trends, practises, influences and opportunities; and reflect this in their academic and creative practices
- demonstrate respect for cultural diversity within Indigenous Australia, the wider community and University environment in academic and creative practice works and activities
- employ ethical and best practice strategies for creative collaboration that will enhance their skills and resilience for working in a dynamic industry