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Master of Production Design for Screen

The University of Melbourne

About the Course


A professional coursework masters that provides you with key skills, knowledge and the experience necessary to work in design for film, television and associated screen-based media, including television commercials, music videos and documentaries. The course is delivered through formal classes, workshops, studio exercises and practical skills training. The first year is structured to include intensive training and skills development, it is followed by a more flexible second year of primarily practice-based learning that includes placements on films (and other screen-based productions) professionally produced in the industry or with the VCA’s student film productions.

The course also helps you to develop links with the profession through a range of guest lecturers from the industry as well as the option of participating in an industry placement. The program welcomes applicants from a variety of backgrounds including theatre, industrial, textile, interior, fashion and graphic design, architecture, illustration, the film and television industry and the visual arts.

After completion of the program you will have been trained to industry standard, ready to begin work on productions. This course also provides a pathway to a PhD.


  • A deep understanding of the discipline of design for screen
  • Ability to take on key roles in the development of artistic works including decision making, implementation of ideas and leadership of teams
  • Learn to research broadly, analyse findings and apply them within the context of designing for screen
  • Excellent written, oral and visual communication skills for the successful presentation of your design concepts
  • Cross-discipline collaboration skills, knowledge about other disciplines and the ability to work alongside others to produce creative works.


Listed below are the specific entry requirements.

  • A 3 year undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification, with a GPA of at least 65% over the last two years of study; or
  • At least 4 years of documented relevant work experience related to design and/or making of screen-based media, with evidence of artistic ability and practice comparable to that expected of undergraduate degree holders in relevant disciplines; and
  • A selection project which may include written and visual elements; and
  • A folio of previous work.


The University of Melbourne has a set of English language requirements which all applicants must meet. 


Written Statement (500 words)

Upload to supplementary application form. Please include:

  • Reasons for wishing to undertake the course.
  • Previous experience in design and /or related fields that makes you a suitable candidate for this course.
  • Kind of work you are hoping this course will help you pursue in the future.

Digital folio of work

You should compile a folio of up to 25 items showcasing your potential as a designer.  

Folio pieces can include items showing your technical as well as creative abilities. Please clearly label each item and include the year of creation. If your item of work is the result of collaboration, please explain your specific role.

Folio pieces may include:

  • Designs, photos, drawings, images, illustrations, artwork etc. in JPEG or PDF format
  • DVD or CD-ROM (10-15 mins max) of excerpts from your work

The folio must be submitted by 5pm, 31 October 2016 to:

Faculty of VCA & MCM Admissions
The University of Melbourne 
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road
Southbank VIC 3006

Selection project and interview

This project requires you to create a series of 9 images using Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Masque of the Red Death, as a stimulus. Through your images you should try to show how you can generate creative and insightful visual ideas in response to, and inspired by, a text. You will be asked to present your images as part of the interview process.

Download the Selection Project here

We will invite you to attend an interview to discuss your application. Dates will be provided in August 2016.

Your interview will run for approximately 40 minutes and will include:

  • Presentation and discussion about your selection project
  • Discussion of your previous relevant experience 

Can’t attend the interview?

We strongly encourage you to attend your interview in person. However if you are interstate or overseas and cannot attend, email to request a telephone interview.

Applicants unable to attend a face-to-face interview must submit the selection project by 5pm, 14 November 2016 to:

Faculty of VCA & MCM Admissions
The University of Melbourne 
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road
Southbank VIC 3066

Telephone interviews will be conducted in late-November 2016


If you have completed studies outside of the University of Melbourne, your application must include an officially certified copy of  your academic transcripts.

  • If you have successfully finished a course, please provide evidence of completion.
  • If you are currently studying outside the University of Melbourne, please provide an official record/transcript of your current results to date. When your final results are available, please upload a certified hardcopy to your application, or send to with your ID number.


The course fee per year is calculated on the basis of one full-time year of study (1 EFTSL). If a course duration is less than one year, you will pay the indicative total course fee. Actual fees vary depending on the subjects you are taking. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5% per annum. More information about tuition fees.


If you are an international student, you may be eligible for a range of scholarships or grants.

Please contact the School to find out more


Tuition fee information for international graduate students are detailed on the University’s Future Students website


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