A reflection on Film and Television at Bond
Put your dreams into motion! Study a Bachelor of Film and Television on the Gold Coast, Australia, a Hollywood blockbuster hotspot! Our students have full access to state-of-the-art equipment of the highest industry standards and can complete their studies faster with our accelerated degrees. Our academic teaching staff are accomplished industry professionals with a wealth of experience, and Bond graduates are working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood across the globe. So what are you waiting for? Launch your career in film and television.
Want to experience Film & Television?
Do you have a passion for storytelling and filmmaking or considering a fast-paced career in television? If you see yourself behind the camera, screenwriting, editing, assisting in sound and production design or delving into cinematography, then our hands-on Film & TV Experience Day will be perfect for you!
2020 Bond University Experience Days here – Dates to be announced.
Why Study Film & Television at Bond?
Bond University and Screen Queensland have paired up to launch an Australian-first co-working hub that will see screen industry creatives such as filmmakers, producers, writers and game developers, working alongside students and sharing green screens, boardrooms and office space. The partnership expands Screen Queensland’s Brisbane-based sqhub to include the new co-working space called the Creative Hub, located at Bond University’s Gold Coast campus.
Graduate with working knowledge
The Bachelor of Film and Television prepares students for a career in the film or television industry. Taught by accomplished industry professionals, students are mentored through their degree and encouraged to explore their inner creativity.
The degree is founded upon practical experience and provides students the opportunity to work on numerous film projects, as well as television broadcast opportunities. Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated learning spaces, ensuring they graduate with working knowledge of industry standard equipment. By working on numerous film projects, students graduate with a portfolio of work samples that makes their CV stand out!
- Graduate with working knowledge
- Enjoy dedicated learning spaces and access to state-of-the art equipment of the highest industry standards
- Learn from accomplished industry professionals with a wealth of experience
About the program
The Bachelor of Film and Television is a heavily hands-on and project-based degree, which allows students to balance practical filmmaking production experience with creative practice theory, which enables them to explore and develop their individual creativity and artistic voice. This comprehensive filmmaking program is focused on visual storytelling through the key creative areas of producing, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, sound design, production design, and television broadcasting. Show more
The Bachelor of Film and Television is a heavily hands-on and project-based degree, which allows students to balance practical filmmaking production experience with creative practice theory, which enables them to explore and develop their individual creativity and artistic voice. This comprehensive filmmaking program is focused on visual storytelling through the key creative areas of producing, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, sound design, production design, and television broadcasting. Teaching is by staff with long professional careers in the film, television and screen-based industries. Students acquire craft skills in modern production techniques, using professional filmmaking equipment and technologies. Students develop strong visual aesthetics, and storytelling capabilities, and receive insight into the business and industrial aspects of the international film, television and screen-based industries. Show less
|Duration||6 semesters (2 years)|
|Program type||Bachelors Degree|
|Study area||Communication and Creative Media|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
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.
The Bachelor of Film and Television program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:
University core subjects (3)
- CORE11-001 Critical Thinking and Communication
- CORE11-002 Leadership and Team Dynamics
- CORE11-003 Ethical Thought and Action
Foundation subjects (15)
- Sound Production & Design
- Screenwriting Short Fiction
- Image, Photography & Visual Design
- Screen Style & Storytelling
- Live Television Broadcasting
- Screen Business - Producing Screen Content
- Directing Actors
- Cinematography Style & Design
- Screen Editing
- Short Screen Project & Industry Protocol
- Advanced Screenwriting
- Screen Crafts & Visual Storytelling
- Advanced Screen Business (Project Development)
- Factual & Documentary Production
- Graduation Screen Project
Students can choose 6 subjects (60CP) from the list of available subjects from across the University, provided they meet the subject requisites, enrolment restrictions and any other faculty requirements. A list of available electives follows. Students can also use their electives to complete one of the below specialisations.
- Sex, Love and the Movies
- Advanced Cinematography and Colour Grading
- Television Commercials and Music Videos
- Sports Broadcasting
- Advanced Screen Directing and Showrunning
- Acting for Performance
- Visual Effects and Post-Production Workflows
- Advanced Screen Editing
- Designing Cinema: Architecture and Production Design in Film
If you have already completed one of the listed subjects in the specialisation, you may choose to replace it with a general elective.
To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.
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.
Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.
The below fees are based on an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:
- 2020 fees: $17,360 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
- 2021 fees: $17,560 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.
The following table provides comparative information for those domestic students admitted into this program wholly or partly on the basis of OP/ATAR in January semester 2019.
|ATAR based offers only, across all offer rounds||ATAR (OP in QLD)|
(Excluding adjustment factors)
(ATAR/OP plus any adjustment factors)
|Highest rank to receive an offer||OP1/ATAR 99||99|
|Median rank to receive an offer||OP9/ATAR 82||82|
|Lowest rank to receive an offer||OP13/ATAR 71||72|
Visit our student profile if you are interested in the profile of all students who commenced undergraduate study at the Faculty in the January semester 2019.
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
How to apply
There is no better place to study film and television than right here on the Gold Coast! The Gold Coast is home to Village Roadshow Studios which produced films from franchises such as Pirates of the Caribbean, San Andreas, The Chronicles of Narnia and Thor. The Gold Coast boasts the largest studio lot in the southern hemisphere in Village Roadshow Studios, and Queensland Government’s commitment to growth in the industry through Screen Queensland.
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 and 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.
High school 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.
Film Student's Big Break
In 2013, Ben Griggs won best overall filmmaker at the annual Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA), securing him a full scholarship to study Film and Television at Bond. Since then, Ben has moved from strength to strength industry and is already boosting his successful career. Show more
In 2013, Ben Griggs won best overall filmmaker at the annual Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA), securing him a full scholarship to study Film and Television at Bond. Since then, Ben has moved from strength to strength industry and is already boosting his successful career.
In May 2017, before even graduating, 20-year-old Ben had his comedic short film 'Nutcase' shown at the New York Shorts International Film Festival.
"I didn't expect Nutcase to be accepted because the New York Shorts is such a prestigious event, so to have it screened was very exciting," he said.
The talented filmmaker is also in the process of establishing his own production company after his experience interning at a well-respected post-production company in Brisbane.
Ben is expected to graduate from Bond in Semester 1, January 2018, and attributes much of his success to his time at Bond.
"My high school teacher entered my film in BUFTA and I'm so lucky that she did as the competition has proven to be an invaluable opportunity in opening many doors for me," he said.
"Starting my career with a scholarship to study film and television at Bond not only helped me to improve my filmmaking skills, but taught me hands-on professionalism and how the film industry truly works, so when I've had opportunities to work on industry productions I've always felt confident and well-prepared."
Looking back at his own experience, Ben recommends year 11 and 12 students to enter their own short films in BUFTA.
"As a high school student, it is a fantastic chance to showcase your work on the big screen and meet other young filmmakers who share your passion," he said. Show less
Bondy wins an Academy Award
How long do you think it would take to count each strand of hair on a tiger's body? While James Greig, Bachelor of Film and Television alumna, doesn't know for certain, he has a better idea than most! James' team at the Moving Picture Company, based in Vancouver, was given two years to create two sequences in The Life of Pi (2012). Show more
How long do you think it would take to count each strand of hair on a tiger's body? While James Greig, Bachelor of Film and Television alumna, doesn't know for certain, he has a better idea than most! James' team at the Moving Picture Company, based in Vancouver, was given two years to create two sequences in The Life of Pi (2012).
His task was to edit every single frame to try and realistically create minute details such as the effect of a gust on wind on a tiger's mane, or the angle and spray direction of a single breaking wave amid a violent stormy sea. Each strand of fur, water droplet and movement was created and placed by hand. It was this sort of painstaking attention to detail in creating a career-defining masterpiece that won James' team the Oscar for Visual Effects in 2013.
"Purely because The Life of Pi was so challenging, the Academy thought that was the biggest advancement in technology for many years - if not the first time in creating seamless water effects and animal realism."