A Reflection on Film & Television at Bond

Put your dreams into motion, right now! Study a Bachelor of Film and Television designed for the next generation of filmmakers at a University ranked #1 for student experience for 11 consecutive years. Our students have full access to state-of-the-art equipment of the highest industry standards. Our academic teaching staff are accomplished industry professionals with a wealth of experience. Our graduates are working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood across the globe. This is your chance to launch your career in film and television!

BUFTA Teacher Masterclass & Student Masterclass

Are you interested in learning more about Film and Television? As part of Bond University's Film & Television Awards, we are offering a Teacher Masterclass designed to assist teachers help students. We also offer a Student Masterclass, that allows students the opportunity to meet with industry experts directly, learn more about film and television and to prepare them to enter BUFTA. Both Masterclasses include workshops that incorporate key aspects of film making into an action packed day of training.

Teacher Masterclass: Saturday 5 August - Sunday 6 August

Student Masterclass: Saturday 5 August - Sunday 6 August

Where: Bond University, Gold Coast

Register your attendance via email: fsdevents@bond.edu.au

It’s your story: a reflection on Bond Film & TV

About the program

The Bachelor of Film and Television is heavily hands-on and project-based, allowing students to balance creative practice theory with practical production experience, which enables them to explore and develop their individual creativity. The program is focused on the key creative areas of directing, producing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, sound and production design, and is taught by staff with long careers in the film and television industry. Students acquire skills in traditional and emerging production technologies, develop cinema aesthetics, critical faculties, and receive insight into the commercial and industrial aspects of the international film and television industry.

State of the art resources

Students have complete access to all the Film and Television facilities. The studios come equipped with Hollywood standard state of the art technology such as Sony F65 and F3 digital motion picture cameras, and Arri 35mm and 16mm cameras, all with Zeiss prime lenses. There are over 40 Mac editing suites, with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, as well as a Pro-Tools HD 5.1 audio mixing suite, and a fully equipped three-camera digital television studio. Our Equipment Loan Store has a large range of professional industry standard lighting, camera and sound equipment

The Bachelor of Film and Television is designed for students passionate about a career in film, television or related screen-based industries. Potential career outcomes include producer, director, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, sound designer, or production designer in the Australian or international film industry.

View the Bachelor of Film and Television - Program Structure and Sequencing

The Bachelor of Film and Television program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:

University core subjects (3)

Plus: Beyond Bond: Professional Development and Community Engagement

Foundation subjects (15)

Electives (6)

Students must choose three (3) subjects from the following list:

Plus an additional three (3) subjects from the Faculty of Society & Design list of undergraduate subjects.

International students

To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.

Domestic students

Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period.

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

Academic requirements

Year 12 school leaver

Bond University requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent for entry to Bachelor level programs. Bond does not rely solely on the Overall Position (OP) or the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Rather, a range of criteria are also considered such as extracurricular activities and personal attributes, including outstanding leadership qualities and community involvement.

International Secondary School students

For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.

Alternative entry pathways

For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:

  • Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
  • Bond University Diploma programs
  • Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
  • Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
  • Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
  • Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.

For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the online application form. To find out more about the application process please refer to how to apply.

Testimonials...

I decided to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond after I won a scholarship through the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA).  The thing I liked best about studying at Bond was meeting the local, national, and international students. Meeting these individuals allowed me to gain a greater understanding of the world. The numerous social events at Bond also allowed me to discover who I am and what I enjoyed in the world.

My time at Bond University was the basis of my current work and personal life. It gave me the positive personality I now possess and the amazing friends I have made, which comes hand-in-hand. Bond has allowed me to travel the world whole meeting with old friends from our studies as well as giving me the edge to meet new foreign people with ease, as it became second nature while in such a rich international studying environment. Bond offered a lot of social events which made it easy for one to seamlessly become a more independent, social and positive adult. The Gold Coast location also made it extremely easy to get to the beach!

I currently work as a digital compositor for Framestore in London. My job is to seamlessly integrate real life footage (usually of actors) into different scenarios, as well as digitally polishing up any given image to a presentable film-production quality. Bond helped to prepare me for these responsibilities as I was forced to find out what my personal strengths and weaknesses are, which have allowed me to push for what I am good at.

I highly recommend studying at Bond due to the world-class facilities and opportunities to meet people from all around the world. As a frequent traveller I have found numerous occasions that I would be visiting friends made during my time there. Of course, also on a more local level, I have made many lifelong friends in Australia.

Tommy Wirkola has directed, written and produced several successful Hollywood films. His films have been critical and commercial successes (most notably in Europe) and have won several awards internationally. Most-notably, Tommy was Director & Screenwriter for Hollywood blockbuster Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Norwegian-born Tommy Wirkola was studying film and television at Bond University on the Gold Coast when he came up with the Hollywood Box Office smash Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Learning how to pitch a project to Hollywood film studio executives and producers one of the most crucial skills a young filmmaker needs, and Bond University is where Tommy learnt & refined this skill.

He first pitched the idea for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters while he was a student at studying a Bachelor of Film & Television at Bond University. His screenplay teacher at the time, had a pitching contest for his students. Wirkola proposed a movie about "Hansel and Gretel 15 years after the gingerbread incident and they've grown up"... The rest, as they say, is history.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters grossed $US19 million ($A18.25 million) in its opening weekend and over $226 million worldwide. A sequel, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 has since been announced.

A 2015 Bond University film and television graduate has made his mark on Hollywood after producing a world-first virtual reality (VR) experience for the blockbuster film, Suicide Squad. The 19-year-old, who graduated from Bond University in 2015 after becoming the youngest student to be accepted into the Film & TV program, developed a concept for a new VR camera that could be worn around an actor's head, providing the world's first, true live-action, first-person experience.

Harrison Norris worked with fellow Bond alumna, Emily Tate, on the set of the new action film starring Margot Robbie and Will Smith, where Norris worked as VR director and action pre-visualisation artist, and Tate as stunt department production assistant. 

Bond University Director of Film and Television, Associate Professor Dr Michael Sergi, said he was not surprised the two were recruited for the film. “Both Harrison and Emily were hard-working, passionate and dedicated students," he said. "They used their time at Bond to learn as much as they could about the film and television industry, and eagerly grabbed every opportunity that came their way.”

"One of the biggest things that Bond taught me was about etiquette on set, which allowed me to fit in as a filmmaker, and not just a film student. My degree at Bond covered all the aspects of what it's like to work in the film industry so when I went head-first into my career, I didn’t feel intimidated."

Read the full article: Bond graduates behind the scenes in Hollywood blockbuster | Bond University

“My time at Bond was fantastic because it was so practical. I worked on as many different projects as I could in all sorts of capacities. I remember that we worked hard, pulling all-nighters in the editing lab so that we could keep cutting our films.”

Australian, Samantha Strauss has worked on a broad collection of internationally acclaimed projects spanning television and film, children’s programs, teen movies, drama, comedy, biopics and more...

The Bachelor of Film & Television graduate is the creator, writer, and a producer of the hit kids television show Dance Academy, which screens in over 160 countries worldwide. The show has won numerous national and international awards and was nominated for an International Emmy in 2011. The show won an Australian Logie (2011), as well as the Australian Writers' Guild award in 2012 & 2013.  She's been nominated for two NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2011 and 2014. The popularity of the shown will see Dance Academy: The Movie (2017) released in cinemas.

In 2015 Samantha wrote MARY: THE MAKING OF A PRINCESS, a biopic telemovie produced by Fremantle Media which was the highest rating drama on Network Ten in over a year. She has also worked as a freelance scriptwriter on drama series including WONDERLAND and OFFSPRING (Network Ten) and has been commissioned to develop both drama and comedy series for the Nine Network, Foxtel and the ABC.

Other Film & TV series: H20: Just Add Water (2010), Sea Patrol (2007), Aquamarine (2006)The Sleepover Club (2003)

Visit Samantha's Official Website: www.samanthastrauss.com

I studied a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University as I felt the university had great resources and lecturers, and could be completed quicker than most universities. 

The university offered informative courses, a fun social life and state of the art resources. I loved my time at Bond University. I met great friends, excellent mentors and awesome teachers, and learned so much about the industry.

While at Bond, I undertook a few internships. For example I worked as an as an Art Department attachment on the Australian film, ‘The Railway Man.’ My duties were tasks such as, helping to build sets, assisting in making props, research and props sourcing.

I currently work at Channel 7 as an Associate Producer on 'My Kitchen Rules'. This requires me to assist in the edit of the the show. My job involves assisting the editors in putting the show together in post-production. I have to source footage, music and final additional scenes to insert into the show before they are submitted.

During my Film & Television degree we learnt all the different facets of post-production. This knowledge helped me immensely in learning to navigate the post-production work flow on ‘My Kitchen Rules'.

Bond is different from other universities because the staff foster a great and safe environment for learning. The lecturers and resources are fantastic and they offer you the ability to create, and make mistakes. It’s a fantastic establishment!

I would recommend studying at Bond because the university allows you the freedom to create productions and work on business ideas. The lecturers genuinely care about your learning and the facilities are the best.

Tate said since graduating from Bond last year (2015) she had landed a number of roles in the film industry, including her 'life changing' experience  as Stunt Department Production Assistant on Suicide Squad.

Bond University Director of Film and Television, Associate Professor Dr Michael Sergi, said he was not surprised the two were recruited for the film. “Both Harrison and Emily were hard-working, passionate and dedicated students," he said. "They used their time at Bond to learn as much as they could about the film and television industry, and eagerly grabbed every opportunity that came their way.”

"My career is really taking off and I have recently returned from New Zealand where I was working on Scarlett Johansson's film, Ghost In The Shell, as the stunt department assistant coordinator. [...] My next job will start later this month (August) as production secretary on a film called Flammable Children starring Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue.I'll be working alongside Harrison [Norris] again on this film, and I'm also working with his VR company Proxi, so it's really exciting to see two 'Bondies' reaching their dreams" ... "I'm also attached to direct a feature next year in LA so I'm staying busy."

"We wouldn't be where we are today without Bond and we are both really grateful for our time there."

Pictured: Emily Tate with actress Cara Delevingne on the set of Suicide Squad 

Read the full article: Bond graduates behind the scenes in Hollywood blockbuster | Bond University

I chose to study Film & TV at Bond because of the subjects, and specialisations on offer; in particular music video. Being a 90’s kid, I grew up watching these amazing, epic big budget music videos- I dreamed of making videos like that. Coming from an acting background, I didn’t really know that much about the technical aspects of film. Studying Film & TV at Bond, I was exposed to a lot of different crew roles- I experienced everything from editing, cinematography, to sound design. Industry standard, quality equipment and facilities were easily accessible as a student, which is important for the practical side of filmmaking. I feel studying Film & TV at Bond better prepared me for my career as a Director, because I was exposed to a lot of different crew roles at Bond which helps me talk more specifically to my team during filming.
 
There have been some really great moments that have happened in my professional career since graduating from Bond. I would say my greatest achievement would be making my most recent film ‘There’s a Bluebird in my Heart’. The film was very personal and a real labour of love, and I feel privileged to have worked with a terrific cast and crew. The film was recently recognised by the Australian Directors Guild; it was nominated and won the 2016 award for Best Direction in a Student Film. My ultimate career goal is to direct a television series.

“I chose to study at Bond University as it offered me opportunities that other universities couldn’t provide, and it also offered a greater platform to advance my learning. My first semester has been loaded with opportunities. During Orientation I made an active commitment to be part of all the initiatives the University has on offer to familiarise myself with the Bond atmosphere.

The smaller class sizes advance my ability to express ideas and make closer relationships.
The study material in my Bachelor of Film and Television course has been fascinating – I feel great studying something I am very passionate about. I have also had the opportunity to volunteer on film projects for work experience including student films and another was an advertising production for a video game.
I would recommend it to anyone who is passionate about going further and doing more exciting things with their university years.”

Centrescreen: Graduate Student Films

Centrescreen is the annual screening of our film and television student films. The special event serves to showcase the growth of our students as young filmmakers, their strengthened capabilities and their ability to produce high-quality, emotionally engaging films using state-of-the-art equipment.  The evening is truly a spectacular cinematic experience, and a testament to our committed Bachelor of Film & Television students who have worked so tirelessly to create their graduate films. Centrescreen is not only a screening of films, but also represents an awards night to formally recognise each student's film. An esteemed judging panel of industry professionals critiques each film and acknowledges achievements accordingly. 

Watch some of our past student films.

Highschool Student competition

Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) is THE short film competition for aspiring filmmakers from Year 11 and 12 secondary schools across Australia. 

Originally started in 1996 and offering a grand prize of a full fee paid scholarship to study Film and Television at Bond University, the competition has grown to become one of the richest competitions in the Southern Hemisphere!

There are no themes to adhere to, no objects you must use, no-one else’s message to relay, simply let your imagination and ambition be your guide.

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BUFTA 2015 Winner and Scholarship Recipient, Elizabeth Cullen Tells All