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

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to 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 fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

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.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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