Film & TV Foundations 2018


About the Course

VCA Film & TV Foundations Part-Time Filmmaking course

Film & TV Foundations is an intensive one-year part-time filmmaking course for aspiring and emerging film writers, directors and editors. It provides emerging filmmakers with invaluable access to a wide range of industry professionals, empowering participants with the insight, confidence and connections required to move forward into this dynamic and competitive industry.

Located in the arts precinct at Melbourne Southbank, this year-long part time course is tailored for people already studying or working. Combining lectures and practical workshops, you will have access to many of Australia’s best film industry practitioners and educators within our state-of-the-art facilities.

Whilst the emphasis is on training writers/directors/editors, you will also develop your knowledge and practical skills by experiencing the myriad of essential roles required on a film or TV production crew, including producing, sound recording, cinematography and production design. Participants will complete one short filmmaking exercise (2 minutes) and will individually write and direct one major short production (5 minutes), adding two short films to your film reel! For the major short production (5 minutes), students film over 2 consecutive days (20 hours in total) either over a weekend or weekdays.

The teaching team is led by experienced industry professional, Andrew Blogg, who has been involved in film and video production since completing the Foundations Program at the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Film and Television, in 2002. Andrew has worked on numerous film and television productions, educational programs, music videos and promotional videos. Andrew’s first feature documentary entitled Camp 32 has screened at the Cambodian International Film festival (2015) in Phnom Penh and at the Cambodia Town Film Festival (2016) in Long Beach California.

Successful previous graduates include:

  • Gregory Erdstein - Paris Syndrome (short), Two Devils (short), A Bit Rich (short),  & That’s Not Me
  • Kitty Green - Ukraine Is Not A BrothelThe Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul (short) & Casting JonBenet (featured on Netflix)
  • Adam Arkapaw - Assassin's CreedThe Light Between OceansMacbeth Top of the Lake (Emmy Award)
  • Kate Lefoe – Plunge (short) & Somersault Pike (short)
  • Lee Matthews - Emo the Musical
  • And Helpmann award winner, Leticia Caceres - The Drover's Wife (Belvoir Theatre)

    Essential Information

    6.30-9.30 pm
    Tuesday and Thursday evenings
    27 February - 4 December 2018
    Screening on 8 December 2018
    (includes breaks and public holidays)

    This course is suitable for 18+ year-olds
    Places for this course are limited 
    No prior experience necessary

    Places are limited. 


    Full Fee - $8350 (inclusive of GST) 
    Instalments - 1st payment of $3750, followed by 5 instalments of $1000 per month
    Total instalment fee is $8750 inclusive of GST. Discount not applicable.


    Get to see the facilities and get a sense of what it is like to study Film & TV Foundations at the VCA in Southbank.

    School tours will commence at 6pm, where you’ll also get to ask any questions you have about the course. The film screening will commence at 6.45pm

    • Thursday February 8th:

    45 YEARS (2016)

    Written & Directed by Andrew Haigh
    As their 45th wedding anniversary approaches, a woman (Charlotte Rampling) learns that her husband (Tom Courtenay) was once engaged to someone else.

    • Thursday February 15th:

    MOONLIGHT (2016)

    Written & Directed by Barry Jenkins (Academy award winner Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay & Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Drama)
    A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. 

    • Thursday February 22nd:

    FORCE MAJEURE (2014)

    Written and Directed by Ruben Östlund
    An idyllic family skiing vacation takes a stunning turn when an avalanche threatens the ski lodge restaurant, sending people fleeing and demanding quick decisions that change the course of the family dynamics and trust. 

    Please note that all the films will be screened in Cinema 2, Film & television building 861.
    The front door will be open from 1730 (5.30pm) – Andrew Blogg will greet you in the foyer. 

    A discussion Q & A session will commence after each film.

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Course Requirements

No prior experience necessary


18 +


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