LCI Melbourne

Bachelor of Design Arts (Filmmaking & Photography) Course Code: FP

Full-time & Part-time
On-Campus Only

The Bachelor of Design Arts (Filmmaking & Photography) applies a holistic approach to the creative field of Design from the perspective of visual narrative.  Commencing with still images and photography, you will learn the practical components of digital photography in studio and location environments and develop a strong foundation in digital workflow and image correction and composite photography. You will expand your creativity by migrating to moving image and filmmaking; working with actors, producing live action narrative based short films, and gaining an insight into digital visual effects and animation.

Alongside the Major you will undertake units in Design Arts, Contextual studies and Professional Studies that will take your skills to the next level, both professionally and creatively. You also have the flexibility to include a sub-major within one of the other disciplines to strengthen your perspective.

You will be guided by multi-disciplined tutors who in themselves are creative artists – internationally recognised in their chosen field.  Their guidance will be more of a mentorship than a traditional teaching environment, giving you the benefit of the decades of knowledge that they have amassed – experience gained not from a text book, but from the melding of theory, practice, and industry environment.


  • Understand how imagery is developed using the latest digital technologies and workflow processes
  • Refine raw ideas, develop narrative and understand genre, and recognize and develop creative strengths
  • Skills in image composition for both photography and filmmaking
  • Build industry contacts via professional placement and international exchange opportunities
  • Enhance creative skills via a sub-major from either the Graphic & Digital Design stream or one of the other creative disciplines.


LCI Melbourne admits students through a number of pathways, not just on the basis of school results. Our two main entry routes are Academic Entry and Creative Entry. 

  • Academic Entry is based on an ATAR score, or previous higher education or vocational education
  • Creative Entry is based on a portfolio or work experience, and an interview


  • We have small classes, generally no more than 18

Students will have access to state of the art facilities and equipment to render and create their stories.  Whether it be a studio-based photo shoot with models set against a green screen to then composite to another world in Photoshop, or out on location shooting a narrative based short film on our high end 4k Black Magic cameras, with video post-production workflow in the Adobe Creative Suite, you’ll be challenged and excited by the possibilities.  


  • Commercial Photographer
  • Social Media Content Creator
  • Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Filmmaker
  • Freelance Film Crew Member
  • Photography Assistant
  • Editor
  • VFX Supervisor
  • Animator


  • The Bachelor of Design Arts can be completed over 3 years full-time (10 units per academic year) or 2 years fast-tracked full-time (15 units per academic year)
  • Part-time study is also available
  • An academic year is divided into three twelve-week study periods, called ‘trimesters’


  • 80% project work (including practical work, essays, presentations and group assignments)
  • 20% test


The Professional Studies units of the Bachelor of Design Arts ensure students secure industry placements to enhance their skills and experience - giving them an edge when they graduate. Work experience in the industry can include:

  • Assisting in a photography studio
  • Working as a crew member on film or television productions
  • Working in-house in an animation studio or vfx post-production house


If this sounds like the perfect course for you then you can check out more information by downloading the course guide or asking us a question and someone will be in touch to help you out!



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