Film Media, creative arts, and communication

Film Media, creative arts, and communication

The ability to tell a story through film is one that will serve you through a variety of careers.

At Macquarie you’ll learn the skills of filmmaking from initial scripting to sound recording and post-production editing with our award-winning writers, filmmakers and broadcasters in Australia’s largest and best-equipped screen studios.

Careers in film

  • filmmaker
  • film and television producer
  • video producer/editor
  • content coordinator and producer
  • broadcaster
  • educator

Professional experience

See the world through a new lens with Macquarie University's unique PACE program where you can gain practical experience in the industry of your dreams well before you graduate.

Through Macquarie University's PACE program, you can gain local, regional or international experience working alongside partner organisations in your chosen industry. Marketing and Media student Georgia Collis had the opportunity to expand her experience in film making and to learn important practical, cultural and community skills working by working with Restless Development in India.

"I was doing the media and communication for the NGO called Restless Development. This included making films, editing and filming, updating their Facebook page, sharing videos. That was really good because I got to use the skills that I've been learning in my degree in a real-life setting in a different country where everything is so different," – PACE alumna Georgia Collis

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an opportunity available for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Student experience

Stephanie Fenton

Stephanie Fenton

Bachelor of Arts - Media

“Studying media at Macquarie University provided me with a very practical and valuable experience. I have been mentored by qualified staff with years of experience in the media industry. Macquarie’s media facilities are some of the best in Australia and are continually improving. Student creativity is encouraged and developed through hands on individual and group work.”

Our expertise in film

Dr Iqbal Barkat

Dr Iqbal Barkat 

Lecturer in Screen Production

Dr Iqbal Barkat is a director, writer and producer. His films include Mortars (2014), Why Do You Want To See My Face? (2011), and Dusk (2006). 

He wrote his PhD on novelty in cinema. His research interests include Independent Cinema and Community Filmmaking. Iqbal is the author of Screen Media Arts  which won the Australian Educational Publishing Award Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Teaching and Learning category 2009.

Professor Kathryn Millard

Professor Kathryn Millard 

Professor in film and creative arts

Professor Kathryn Millard is a filmmaker and essayist with a body of work that is internationally recognised and highly awarded.  Random 8 (2012) her semi-improvised digital feature, won awards at Mexico International Film Festival and Lucerne International Film Festival. The Boot Cake (2008), her AWGIE (Australian Writers' Guild Award) nominated feature-documentary about Chaplin imitators in India, was described by Chaplin's biographer David Robinson as 'an astonishing testament to the far-reaching influence of silent film. Kathryn's other films include the AFI (Australian Film Institute) award-winning features Travelling Light (2003) and Parklands (1996) with Cate Blanchett in her first film role.

See Professor Millard's full profile

Dr Karen Pearlman

Dr Karen Pearlman 

Lecturer in screen production

Karen is a director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company, through which she has developed, produced, directed or edited numerous highly acclaimed short films, online and mobile productions and the short feature Thursday's Fictions. Her recent film, the half hour documentary ...the dancer from the dance was a finalist for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Screen, and also a finalist for an ATOM Award for Best Arts Documentary.

Dr Karen Pearlman writes, directs and edits screen productions and she writes about screen culture and creative processes.

Our facilities

Screen production facilities

Our screen studio has a large dedicated sound stage (20 mtrs x 18 mtrs x 8 mtrs ) and is equipped with 52 motorised lighting hoists supporting the latest LED lighting fixtures, including ARRI L7C Fresnels and BBS Area 48 Soft lights with full DMX control through a Pathway Cognito lighting console. The studio also features a 17 x 7 meter green screen, Rosco green floor, set storage and fabrication facilities.

Macquarie is an AVID Learning partner site and so offers the full suite of Media Composer software tools, MediaCentral and ISIS network storage facilities, which support and model broadcast level production workflows. Macquarie has a range of high quality field kits for location shooting and a range of fully equipped edit suites and computer labs for post-production. Increasingly students are working in multi-platform contexts and so the facilities support delivery across a range of platforms in an increasingly integrated fashion.

Discover media, music, communication and cultural studies at Macquarie

In the home of Australia's first media department, you'll learn from award-winning experts and have access to industry-standard facilities, including our multi-million-dollar media hub with professional screen, radio and dance studios, as well as state-of-the-art digital workstations for all production areas. Immerse yourself in writing, dance, music, screen production, management, games design or communication, and set yourself up for a career in the new media landscape.

Teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Dr Karen Pearlman's students not only benefit from her technical expertise but also her wealth of industry experience. Karen believes that the course she teaches her students will not only provide them with the core capacities they will need for screen media industries such as digital literacy, entrepreneurship, collaboration skills and creative and critical thinking, but can be applied to almost any other industry they may find themselves working in throughout their career.

When teaching her students, Karen says, "I encourage students to think of themselves as already part of the screen industry, to recognise that the collaborative teams they build now may be their professional colleagues for life and that their levels of achievement will be in direct proportion to their own levels of curiosity, engagement and effort."

Karen's experience as a filmmaker includes her role as co-director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company, a dance film company that develops and produces works within and across the media of dance, film, literature and new media. Her most recent film, the half hour documentary "...the dancer from the dance" was a finalist for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Screen, an ATOM Award for Best Arts Documentary, and an Australian Screen Composer Guild Award for Best Music in a Documentary.

Prior to joining Macquarie, Karen was the Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) for 6 years, and between 2009 and 2010 was President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild. Besides her professional work as a filmmaker, she is a published author of various books and academic essays and articles on screen culture and creative processes. She has also had an international career as a professional dancer with a dance company based in New York City, and been a director of two dance companies.

In addition to her teaching, Karen is an active researcher whose research interests are in creative processes, particularly writing and editing, cognitive studies of the moving image, and screendance. She is currently an investigator on an Australian Research Council/Australia Council funded research project which is asking if placing artists from fields other than games in residence with interactive entertainment companies will result in greater innovation.

Creativity keeps coming at Macquarie!

"Choose", a short film directed and produced by Macquarie University media students Jake Severino and Anna Davis, was selected to play at the prestigious St Kilda Film Festival.

Choose is one of the only nine films featured in the Under the Radar category, a competition developed by the St Kilda Film Festival to give young filmmakers the chance to be seen and heard by their peers in the industry. Under the Radar films were shown in 27 May at the festival. The 3-minute film comically explores the notion of identity as five students are picked for a lunchtime sports team.

The film director, Jake Severino, explains, "I wanted the film to be a humorous look into the many ways we shape our own identities and, at least in my experience, how we seek the acceptance of others to validate our choices."

Jake and Anna, who are both studying Bachelor of Arts - Media, were thrilled at having their work recognised and thank the "very talented and generous crew and the invaluable teaching and encouragement from the media faculty at Macquarie University." 

 This experience has helped their confidence immensely. Jake says, "Being recognised by festival selectors really helps me believe in my developing ability as a filmmaker."

Our top subject areas are:

Subject area
QS - World
QS - Aus & NZ
English language and literature
Communication and media studies

Macquarie University is amongst the world's elite institutions in 21 of the 36 subjects featured in this year's QS World University Rankings by Subject. QS evaluated 3,551 universities, qualified 2,186 and ranked 894 institutions in total. Over 100 million citations attributions were analysed and QS verified the provision of over 14,000 programs.

The methodology combines analysis from QS Global Employer and Academic Surveys with bibliometric data from Elsevier's Scopus database.

Three reasons to choose media, creative arts and communication at Macquarie

  1. You will learn the skills required to respond to a rapidly evolving media environment
  2. We have strong media-industry ties and a growing internship program
  3. You will gain vocational skills through access to our industry-standard technology

Our programs are designed to keep you up-to-date with emerging media and industry practices while ensuring you have a strong understanding of traditional mass communication.

In the home of Australia’s first media department, you’ll learn from award-winning experts and have access to industry-standard facilities, including our multi-million-dollar media hub with professional screen, radio and dance studios, as well as state-of-the-art digital workstations for all production areas.

Immerse yourself in writing, dance, music, screen production, management, games design or communication, and set yourself up for a career in the new media landscape.

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