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Diploma of Film

Are you the next Spielberg, Soderbergh or Scorsese? The Diploma of Film has a specific focus on contemporary filmic uses of interactive media and post production technology. You’ll learn how to apply high-level cinematography and visual effects to your projects using the same equipment, contemporary software, and processes that your favourite filmmakers use. This collaborative intersection between film and creative media perfectly replicates the film industry today.

Intake Dates
  • 27 May 2024
  • 16 September 2024
  • 3 February 2025

Duration & Location

  • 1 Year Full time
  • 2 years Part time
  • ⅔ face-to-face on campus | ⅓ online
  • What To Expect
  • Course Content
  • Course Superpowers
  • Industry Partners
  • How to Apply

What To Expect

We know the film industry intimately, so we’ve designed the program to run like the top professional film studios as you gain creative arts industry knowledge. We’ll guide and support you as you step into the film future you’ve imagined for yourself. You’ll love developing skills and technical knowledge you can use for future years working in the industry.

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    Technical Instruction - Experienced knowledgeable educators

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    Creative Teamwork - Teams of like-minded collaborators

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    Current Knowledge - Current software, technology and insights

  • Professional Skills_BLACK

    Professional Skills - Embedded employability training

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    Skills practice - Practical hands-on learning

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    Project work - relevant project-based assessments

Software we'll provide
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    Adobe Premiere Pro

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    Adobe Audition

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    Adobe After Effects

  • Technical Instruction_BLACK

    Technical Instruction - Experienced knowledgeable educators

  • Creative Teamwork_BLACK

    Creative Teamwork - Teams of like-minded collaborators

  • Current Knowledge_BLACK

    Current Knowledge - Current software, technology and insights

  • Professional Skills_BLACK

    Professional Skills - Embedded employability training

  • Skills Practice_BLACK

    Skills practice - Practical hands-on learning

  • Project Work_BLACK

    Project work - relevant project-based assessments

AIT Campus

Two thirds of the Diploma of Film at AIT will be taught on campus in our industry-grade film studios, side by side with like-minded creative students.

Lets face it, much of today’s film production is about the technology and industry standard software you are using – that’s why we invest heavily to provide students with the latest professional-grade software and hardware.

We want you to fully experience it, experiment with it and create masterpieces using it, so your projects are rendered to the highest industry standards.

In our facilities you will have access to animation studios with high end computers, animation light boxes and clay modelling equipment plus use our state-of-the-art Post Production studio, green screen rooms and audio studios.

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Our Cloud Campus

All of your Diploma of Film course materials are hosted on our cloud campus; a space specifically designed for quality online learning. Through the cloud campus you will have access to all content material, videos and interactive activities, discussion boards, video meeting facilities, email facilities, library access, assessment support, study support, technical support services and welfare services.

We know choosing where to study film in Australia is a big decision you need to consider wisely. So, we welcome you to come and visit AIT before you seamlessly transition into the application process. 

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Professional Experiences

While studying at AIT, you’ll be exposed to a number of professional experiences where you will learn the skills you need for your creative career, while also being introduced to the industry.

On campus, your Production Lab Subjects will be heavily practical, project-based, and follow industry-relevant production processes in a studio-like environment. Out of these subjects, you will produce a portfolio that’s ready to present to prospective employers.

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    Mentorship from Professional Film Makers
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    Using Industry Grade Tools
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    Filming in our Custom Built Green Screen Room
  • Trimester 1 - Learn
  • Trimester 2 - Refine
  • Trimester 3 - Produce

Trimester 1 - Learn

Film Mechanics Lab

Begin the Diploma of Film at AIT by starting with a practical subject to gain a basic overview of the stages involved in film production. You will engage in filmmaking practice at an introductory level, and be given a creative project to write, produce and edit a short film, and present it for review while you work individually or as part of a team building exercise.

In this film course, you’ll be introduced to screen and media terminology and professional practice in camera operation, audio, lighting, green screen shooting, video editing and production planning processes to ensure successful completion of the Diploma of Film while gaining practical skills.

Key professional skills development: 

  • Production management
  • Creativity and adaptability
  • Professional presentations

Screen Evolution

Visual Storytelling

Trimester 2 - Refine

Image Design

Gain a solid foundation and practical experience in the technical tools and design skills needed to create and manipulate digital images. You will be introduced to image editing software and then move on to develop moving image editing techniques, exploring and applying theories of film editing. The production processes include layering and transparencies, title design, timing and rhythm in editing, colour correction & colour grading, and applying masks and filters to images.

Both photographic and filmic skills will be applied to the development of a portfolio. Image copyright law will also be considered and applied to student work.

Key professional skills development: 

  • Responding to a brief
  • Creative thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Copyright and legal considerations
  • Presenting and exhibiting work

Art of Cinematography


Trimester 3 - Produce


Documentary Lab

Immersive Film Experience 1

We lead you through a full film production cycle as you apply the filmmaking skills you have acquired in earlier subjects. You will research and analyse a topic or cause and represent that area of interest through a documentary film. A variety of causes for documentary subject matter will be explored as you engage with society and participate in cultural debate, and you will adopt a mode of documentary, in a specific style, to present your case.

Interview techniques will be explored, and a particular emphasis on camera operation, audio and editing skills will be refined. As with all film production, documentary requires the ability to accept feedback and respond appropriately, engaging with peers and external stakeholders to refine and improve the final product.

The outcome of this subject is a substantial portfolio piece that will enhance student showreels and demonstrate their versatility and professionalism in a collaborative environment.

Key professional skills development:  

  • Production management
  • Time management and planning
  • Professional interview techniques
  • Enquiry and communication
  • Public liaison
  • Providing and receiving feedback

Student work: ‘Marching Forward’ by Isabella Gasparotto, Qutaiba Mehmood, Sabine Antigua & Kamil


At the completion of this course:

  • You could work in the following roles:

    • Cinematographer

    • Film editor

    • Screenwriter

    • Lighting technician

    • Film crew technician

  • Confidently use software, including:

    • Premiere Pro

    • Audition

    • After Effects

  • Master technical skills including:

    • Cinematography

    • Screenwriting

    • Visual Storytelling

    • Image Design

    • Film editing

    • Storyboarding

  • Graduate with a Professional Portfolio that includes:

    • An edited, sound-mixed and colour-corrected documentary film

    • Realistic, professional-level composite using 3D and 2D elements

    • Refined and targeted screenplay

    • Developed script, storyboard and edited animatic

    • Directed, shot and edited film scenes

    Student work: ‘Oh Father’ by Rory McGrath, Jessica de Lara Rojas, Christian Garcia Molina and A. Lloyd Thwaites

Imagine being connected to industry while you study. We've worked with…

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How to Apply

Here at AIT, we care about your creativity, not your ATAR. If you’re a domestic student, then you can apply directly to AIT or via UAC and VTAC.  If you’re an international student, then our registered agent partners can help you to organise everything you’ll need for your AIT application and your application to study in Australia.  

Find out exactly what studying at AIT will cost, with our transparent list of student fees plus learn more about the generous scholarships for both international and domestic students.

Student work: ‘Come Back Kennedy’ by Annie Nguyen, Nicholas Luong, Joe Ha and Viktor Stolik

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Not sure what to explore next? Visit our connect page and choose your own adventure. Talk to someone about your study options, book a campus tour and have a look around, chat with a current AIT student or get started on your application.