Master of Moving Image

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Moving Image (MMI) offers you a hands-on education in contemporary moving image production by teaching you how to develop a film project from concept to screen. It is ideal for professionals pursuing a career in the film and digital media sector, and for anyone wishing to engage with contemporary filmmaking and interactive media.

The MMI combines traditional aspects of film production with new directions in the cinematic arts, incorporating new technologies in interactivity, three-dimensional imaging and virtual delivery. You will conceive, develop and produce film projects through learning industry standard protocols and techniques in pre-production, production and post-production. These include story and script development, production management, art direction, cinematography, directing techniques, and the use of new platforms for film output including interactive apps for hand-held devices. You will be introduced to the history and theory of film and new media, and can choose from a range of electives from across the university including animation, screenwriting, sound design, digital effects, and rich internet applications.

You will have the flexibility to tailor the degree to your preferred pathway, be it research or professional, including the option of undertaking a placement that interfaces directly with the creative industries.

Course outline

Unit of Study information

Study plan

All units of study are delivered in a face-to-face mode on a weekly basis. The Core Project units will be taught in studio-based lecture and seminar modes, supplemented with tutorial, screenings and class exercises. The Core Practice units will be taught through studio-based technical demonstrations, workshop tutorials, and practical exercises through a modular structure. The Core History & Theory unit will be taught in lecture and seminar modes, supplemented with screenings and eLearning resources and activities. Electives will either be taught in lecture and seminar modes, supplemented with screenings, or through studio-based technical demonstrations, workshop tutorials, and practical exercises depending on their emphasis.

Further course information

Capstone experience

Students will complete a major moving image project and present it in a public screening/exhibition; critically review the existing knowledge in the field; work in appropriate professional environments and/or identify and pursue an individual research theme or project.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates interlink emergent digital media processes with the core discipline of traditional film-making practice. They have mastery of a core range of critical, conceptual, production and technical skills, and produce a substantial and original moving image project that reflects their creative expertise and knowledge of film and digital media production.

Further study

Graduates who have completed the Master of Moving Image are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research at the Sydney College of the Arts.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Moving Image will hold a bachelor's degree or higher award in visual arts from the University of Sydney or a qualification deemed by the faculty to be equivalent; and present a portfolio of creative work demonstrating the ability to undertake advanced art practice and coursework.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University of Sydney and assessed by the faculty. You must submit a portfolio of recent artwork with your application. Portfolio guidelines are available on the faculty website

Ancillary expenses

At the end of every semester Sydney College of the Arts holds a major student exhibition: the Graduate Exhibition. These large-scale group exhibitions, presented throughout the galleries and studios at Sydney College of the Arts, showcase the work of all graduating students and are a highlight of the academic year. Each exhibiting student is asked to pay a Special Events contribution fee of $120 towards the exhibition expenses. This fee goes towards the production of a catalogue, DVD, promotion of the exhibitions, invitations and the opening nights. The Special Events contribution fee is collected at the time of enrolment.

International students

How to apply

International applicants may apply directly to the University, or through a University overseas representative (education agent). You must submit a portfolio of recent artwork with your application. Portfolio guidelines are available on the faculty website

Ancillary expenses for international students

At the end of every semester Sydney College of the Arts holds a major student exhibition: the Graduate Exhibition. These large-scale group exhibitions, presented throughout the galleries and studios at Sydney College of the Arts, showcase the work of all graduating students and are a highlight of the academic year. Each exhibiting student is asked to pay a Special Events contribution fee of $120 towards the exhibition expenses. This fee goes towards the production of a catalogue, DVD, promotion of the exhibitions, invitations and the opening nights. The Special Events contribution fee is collected at the time of enrolment.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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