National code: CUA60620

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

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Overview About this course

Set up your career in the screen and media industry by combining practical business skills with your evolving creative expertise. Confidently move into senior roles like screenwriter or games designer and open up further career and study opportunities.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Evaluate different creative business practices and identify ways of costing and selling creative work

  • Evolve ideas using critical thinking and research

  • Direct camera and lighting crews according to production requirements

  • Participate in workplace discussions and meetings, in a positive and constructive manner

  • Record sound effects

  • Test special makeup effects that are applied to performers' skin and scalp

  • Identify hazards relating to your area of practice and use relevant methods, templates and tools to manage these

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally recognised qualification at advanced diploma level

  • Skills and knowledge to accelerate your career

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Successful completion of the Diploma of Screen and Media as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate, or

  • Equivalent skills, knowledge and experience in a relevant specialisation area such as film and video, radio/content production, animation/games and production design as evidenced by a copy of a resume

  • The ability to attend an interview prior to enrolment which may include a skills assessment

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A collaborative and positive approach to teamwork

  • An aptitude for both technical and creative work

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

  • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: animation designer, screenwriter, artistic director, director of photography, special effects designer, games designer, producer (film and television) and radio station manager and director.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 2 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 4 core and 12 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Evolve ideas for professional creative work CUAPPR615

  • Work professionally in the creative arts industry CUAIND611

  • Engage in the business of creative practice CUAPPR613

  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice CUAPPR515

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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