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 students hands-on education in contemporary moving image production by teaching them how to develop a film project from concept to screen. Foregrounding experimentation and innovation, the MMI brings together traditional aspects of film production with new directions in the cinematic arts, incorporating new technologies in interactivity, three-dimensional imaging and virtual delivery. Film projects are conceived, developed and produced 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. Students are also 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.

Students produce a major film project in any genre or style. Students have options to specialise their degree pathway through industry placement, as well as through preparation for further study and higher degrees of research. The degree is ideal for professionals looking for a career in the film and digital media sector, and for anyone wishing to engage with contemporary filmmaking and interactive media.

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.

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 Postgraduate Degree Show. 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 Postgraduate Degree Show. 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.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Moving Image.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Moving Image.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee not available for Master of Moving Image.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee not available for Master of Moving Image.

Additional incidental fees

Additional incidental fees not available for Master of Moving Image.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Moving Image.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Master of Moving Image.

Annual review

Annual review not available for Master of Moving Image.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Master of Moving Image.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Moving Image.