Cinema and Screen Studies

Chart the wider screen landscape to navigate today’s creative industries and anticipate tomorrow's.

With streaming services, smart phones and transmedia storytelling, the boundaries between film and television have begun to blur. Understanding this era of screen convergence is essential to thrive in today’s creative industries. This is why we offer cinema and screen studies at Swinburne.

Cinema and screen studies moves beyond traditional film or television studies by exploring how these industries and artforms interact. You'll examine movies and television shows from a variety of genres, countries and production styles. You’ll also benefit from industry links, including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Village Roadshow, Lido Cinemas, the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) and film festivals. As a Swinburne student, you will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures from award-winning industry members, go on field trips and work on innovative assignments like video essays, screenplay adaptations and transmedia franchise pitches.

Cinema and screen studies will give you the confidence and skills to succeed in a career in film distribution, film festival management, entertainment journalism, film archives, film criticism, research, academia, government or film and television development and promotion.

Industry partners

Hannah Pratt cinema screen studies profile critics lab

Student experience


Cinema and screen studies student Hannah was a member of the inaugural Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) Critics Lab.

Designed to support the next generation of Australian women-identified critics, the MWFF Critics Lab provided Hannah with the opportunity to pursue her interest in writing about film.

The Swinburne Advantage

We turn knowing into know-how.

We believe an undergraduate education must be about more than knowledge. In today’s competitive job market, it must be about true job readiness.

Work Integrated Learning allows you to gain professional experience as part of your studies at Swinburne. It’s just a matter of choosing the opportunity that suits your future.

Choose from professional degrees, professional placements, professional internships, industry-linked projects, industry study tours and accreditation placements. There are also a range of other opportunities you can create.

You’ll build invaluable skills and confidence in knowing you have what it takes to land a job in your field by graduation.

We think it’s an approach that makes the adventure worth taking. See for yourself.
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Annika- Cinema and Screen

Cinema and Screen Studies allowed me to critically look at popular film and television. I enjoyed learning from experienced tutors and lecturers who were constantly there for support. Their feedback helped me grow as a writer and feel more confident in my own work.


Studying Cinema and Screen

Liam Burke, a media studies lecturer at Swinburne, holds a carton of popcorn in Hawthorn's Lido Cinemas.

Teacher profile


Meet Dr Liam Burke, media studies lecturer and resident superhero expert.

Liam recently helped organise Cleverman: The Exhibition at ACMI, which explored the story of Australia's first Indigenous superhero TV series. He's also written and edited books on the subject, spoken at San Diego Comic-Con and Supernova Melbourne, and is currently researching exactly why fans connect with superheroes. What a marvel!

Cinema and screen studies courses

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