National code: CUA51020

Diploma of Screen and Media

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Overview About this course

Set the stage for your media and screen career and gain the skills you need to succeed in the industry. Specialise in fields ranging from film, TV, radio and podcasts to visual effects (VFX) or games design and choose the study path that suits you.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Edit and record video and sound

  • Create digital animations

  • Operate cameras

  • Direct creative projects

  • Develop scripts

Course Outcomes

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

  • Filmmaking management

  • Live TV and radio broadcasts

  • Script development and assessment

  • Podcast development

  • Conceptualising and producing journalistic stories and features

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

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

  • Completed a Certificate III or IV in Screen and Media, or equivalent formal study or industry experience

  • Experience using the basic features of Microsoft Office such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint in order to write text documents, create basic spreadsheets and prepare presentations

  • A computer or personal laptop to support the Adobe Creative Cloud suite

  • A smart device with applications to undertake sound and video recording

  • An aptitude for both technical and creative work

  • The capacity to work occasional early and late hours and on weekends

  • 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.

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:

Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors

Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors direct the artistic and production aspects of film, television, radio and stage productions.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    80%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    5,400 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    39 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $1,720

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    46 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    29% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Director (film and television), Content creator, Editor (film and television), Artistic director, Lead animator and Motion graphics artist

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 Diploma of Screen and Media qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 units of competency, including 4 core and 11 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.

  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice CUAPPR515

  • Provide freelance services CUAIND412

  • Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge CUAIND512

  • Realise a creative project CUAPPR411

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

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • 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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