Film and TV Foundations (Block 1 + 2) 2019

Film and TV Foundations is an intensive one-year part-time filmmaking course for aspiring and emerging film writers, directors and editors. In 2019 Film & TV Foundations has been separated into two pivotal film-making blocks of study.

This course provides emerging filmmakers with invaluable access to a wide range of industry professionals, empowering participants with the insight, confidence and connections required to move forward into this dynamic and competitive industry.

Located in the arts precinct at the Southbank campus, this year-long part-time course is tailored for people already studying or working. Combining lectures and practical workshops, you will have access to many of Australia’s best film industry practitioners and educators within our state-of-the-art facilities.

Whilst the emphasis is on training writers/directors/editors, you will also develop your knowledge and practical skills by experiencing the myriad of essential roles required on a film or TV production crew.

Essential roles include:

  • producing
  • sound recording
  • cinematography
  • production design.

Participants will complete one short filmmaking exercise (two minutes) and will individually write and direct one major short production (six minutes), adding two short films to your film reel!

Course Structure

Block 1: Laying the foundations, discover and explore

Through a series of lectures and hands-on workshops participants will explore:

  • the writing process
  • creation and development of stories for the screen
  • the cinematographer’s art
  • the actor/director relationship
  • film genre
  • form, style and technique.

The examination of key crew roles:

  • location management
  • the 1st ad
  • sound recording/boom swinging
  • armoury
  • editing
  • production design
  • legals/copyright
  • sound design
  • production management
  • producing and visualising for editing (pre-production, production to post-production).

Meet several acclaimed national and international (award winning) filmmakers and examine the process of making a short film from idea to screen in detail. This block also includes the making of the boot camp “boots” two-minute filmmaking exercise.

Block 2: Lights, camera, action!

Pre-production, production & post-production

It’s time to flex those well-developed filmmaking muscles! Over an intensive production period each student will produce and direct their own six-minute production. Accessing state of the art facilities and equipment, it’s time to create and share your vision! All equipment and production facilities are included in the course costs. It is not a requirement that you crew on other productions but it is encouraged. Students film over two consecutive days (20 hours in total) either over a weekend or weekdays periods (Tuesday and Wednesday).

The teaching team is led by experienced industry professional, Andrew Blogg, who has been involved in film and video production since completing his study in 2002. Andrew has worked on numerous film and television productions, educational programs, music videos and promotional videos. Andrew’s first feature documentary entitled Camp 32 has screened at the Cambodian International Film festival (2015) in Phnom Penh and at the Cambodia Town Film Festival (2016) in Long Beach California.

Successful previous graduates include:

  • Gregory Erdstein “Picking Up At Auschwitz" (short), "Two Devils" (short), “A Bit Rich" (short), "Paris Syndrome" (short) and “That’s Not Me
  • Kitty Green “Ukraine is not a Brothel”, "The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul" (short) and “Casting JonBenet” (featured on Netflix)
  • Adam Arkapaw "Assassin's Creed”, "The Light Between Oceans”, "Macbeth” and “Top of the Lake” (Emmy Award)
  • Kate Lefoe “Plunge" (short) and “Somersault Pike" (short)
  • Lee Matthews “Emo the Musical
  • Nikki Richardson “We’re Here Now" (short) “Swing" (short)
  • Leticia Caceres “The True History Of Billie The Kid" (short) MIFF 2017

"The FTV Foundations program has allowed me to tackle a full time job at the same time as getting hands on and learning all things film and TV. The program caters to those who are passionate about pursuing a career within the industry but don't have much experience as of yet. The FTV Foundations program at VCA is a superb program that I would highly recommend and encourage anyone thinking of signing up to do so!"
- Marlo Dutton, 2018

"The Foundations course not only provided me with with a plethora of skills and knowledge in filmmaking but also allowed me to explore my creative potential in an ultra supportive environment. It connected me to a caring, creative and diverse group of people with a passion for filmmaking and immediately set me up with the ability to crew on sets. Within six months of finishing the course I was hired by the Victorian Department of Education and Training in the capacity of filming and editing videography projects and within a year I was part of the camera crew for a feature film, all thanks to everything I learnt in Foundies!"
- Hannah Kerber, 2016

How to Apply

Essential Information

This course is suitable for 18+ year-olds
Places for this course are limited
No prior experience necessary


Block 1

26 February-25 July
Pre-production period: 21 July-16 September (no official classes during this period, however students should use this time to work on scripts and being pre-production)

Block 2

16 September-3 December

Tuesday and Thursdays (+ some additional weekend and Wednesday evening classes, Easter break 19 April - 29 April 2019)

End of Year Production Screening
7 December 2019


Full fee: $8 770
Block 1: $6 190 (individual)
Block 2: $3 500 (individual - Block 1 prerequisite)