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Overview

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.

This degree, delivered by Sydney College of the Arts, combines traditional aspects of film production with new directions in the cinematic arts, incorporating new technologies in interactivity, three-dimensional imaging and virtual delivery.

Learn industry standards, 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.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University of Sydney and assessed by Sydney College of the Arts. You must submit a portfolio of recent artwork (up to ten (10) examples) with your application. You can include: digital photographs of installations, performance, and exhibitions (preferably as one JPG, TIFF or PDF file) showreel or excerpts of film, animation or digital video work (.MOV) website or Vimeo channel (please provide the site address in a Word or PDF document) original storyboards, treatments or scripts for short films (Word or PDF). (Maximum length of treatment - 5 pages. Maximum length of screenplay - 25 pages. DO NOT submit screenplays or scripts for feature films) The maximum file size for each document or compressed file upload is 10MB.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 15 January)

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 30 June)

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

International applicants may apply directly to the University, or through a University overseas representative (education agent). You must submit a portfolio of recent artwork (up to ten (10) examples) with your application. You can include: digital photographs of installations, performance, and exhibitions (preferably as one JPG, TIFF or PDF file) showreel or excerpts of film, animation or digital video work (.MOV) website or Vimeo channel (please provide the site address in a Word or PDF document) original storyboards, treatments or scripts for short films (Word or PDF). (Maximum length of treatment - 5 pages. Maximum length of screenplay - 25 pages. DO NOT submit screenplays or scripts for feature films) The maximum file size for each document or compressed file upload is 10MB.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2
- 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To qualify for the Master of Moving Image you must complete 72 credit points, including:

  • 36 credit points of core units of study including:
    • Narrative Elements
    • Moving Image Production
    • Screen and Sound Strategies
    • Moving Image Post-production
    • History and Theory of Screen
  • 30 credit points from elective units of study
  • 6 credit points from capstone units of study (Professional project, industry placement or research project)

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.

Detailed unit of study and program guide (PDF).

Capstone experience

You 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.

Admission requirement

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 Handbooks Online 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.

Career Pathways

This course will prepare you for a career in the film and digital media industry. You could work as a director, production manager, scriptwriter, digital producer, art director, cinematographer, animator, sound designer and digital effects creator, among other options.

Future study options

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.

Domestic students

International students

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