Cinema and Screen Studies

Charting 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. Benefit from industry links including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Village Roadshow, Lido Cinemas, and MonsterFest. Attend guest lectures from award-winning industry members, go on field trips, and work on innovative assignments like video essays, screenplay adaptations and festival programming.

By the time you graduate, you'll you’ll have the confidence and skills to put your knowledge to work. Future careers can be found in film distribution, film festival management, entertainment journalism, art curatorship, film archives, film criticism, research, academia and government.

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.
The Swinburne Advantage. Available to all new undergraduates.

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

Teaching profile


Meet Dr Liam Burke, media studies lecturer and coordinator of Swinburne’s cinema and screen studies major.

Liam is an expert on why superheroes are taking over our screens. He has written a book on the topic, and he’s spoken at San Diego Comic-Con and Supernova Melbourne.

Liam also dissects the latest blockbusters as part of his lectures! (BYO cape.)

Cinema and screen studies courses

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