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Certificate III in Screen and Media

National Course Code: CUA31015


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Screen and Media equips you with the foundational skills to explore a career in the creative entertainment industry. Gain a solid introduction to a range of screen and media fields, discover your artistic niche and be a part of the creative future.


Depending on your career goals and your preferred campus, you can choose your area of creative interest with these focus areas:

  • Film and television
  • Video and animation
  • Podcasting and digital storytelling
  • Film and screen
  • Game design

Check study locations below to view your options.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Use lighting, camera and audio
  • Apply design principles to digital 2D and 3D work
  • Perform animation techniques, digital 3D modelling and construction
  • Design games
  • Draw to express ideas and stories
  • Operate within work, health and safety principles


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A design mindset
  • Creative problem solving
  • Teamwork skills
  • Communication


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Animation, special effects or camera assistant
  • Lighting technician (productions)
  • Multimedia content author
  • Editing or production assistant (film and television)
  • Technical production assistant (radio)
  • Game designer


Progress your screen and media career with the:

  • Certificate IV in Screen and Media
  • Diploma of Screen and Media
  • Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media
  • Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation with TAFE NSW Degrees

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • Creative thinking and a design mindset
  • Critical and creative problem solving
  • Adaptability and self-management
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Communication skills

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake practical assessments in group and individual settings.

The Certificate III in Screen and Media is an entry level qualification that will give you a strong foundation to either begin your career in screen and media, or go on to further screen and media study. It is a great program for both early school leavers and creative people who may be unsure how to get a foot in the door of this dynamic industry. This course gives you a taste of film and tv, animation, games and digital media, podcasting or radio broadcasting so you graduate with a clear idea of where you strengths and interests lie.

The Certificate IV in Screen and Media will extend and develop your screen and media practice. Through core units, you will learn to articulate, present and debate ideas, investigate micro business opportunities and apply work and safety practices to your work environment. The Certificate IV qualification also allows you to further specialise in a screen and media discipline, including: animation, film and TV, radio broadcast, sound design and immersive sound, journalism. This course can lead to an exciting career in film, television, journalism, radio or the games industry.

The Diploma in Screen and Media equips you with specialist knowledge and hands-on experience. In this digital-savvy diploma you will learn a variety of skills across a range of screen and media technologies. This course has a number of streams including film and television, radio broadcasting, journalism, animation and game development.

The Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media is your highest level Screen and Media qualification. It will focus on management and supervisory skills within the screen and media industry.

Depending on your campus location, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that take you behind-the-scenes in the screen and media industry.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Digital drawing
  • Animation techniques
  • Digital 3D modelling and construction
  • Video techniques
  • Working correctly with equipment and materials
  • Working with camera, lighting and audio
  • Producing presentations

At TAFE NSW you graduate with skills that are industry relevant. Depending on your electives and interests you will work on real-world projects, such as:

  • Designing and producing a short video
  • Designing characters and producing them for your own digital 3D environment
  • Developing gaming characters and sequencing the interaction
  • Recording interviews for a podcast

Depending on your campus location, TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on-campus study environments film and television studios, recording studios, beauty salons (for special effects make-up), industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

The Screen and Media industry encompasses a range of exciting sectors including, video, gaming, animation, broadcasting (including podcasting), film and television and radio.
Within each sector there are trends that are impacting the Australian and global markets.

Current demand and trends include outside broadcasting, podcasts, streaming services, animation and games.
Australian podcasting revenue is predicated to hit $47 million and there are now over 1.6 million Australians regularly downloading content.

Gaming and games development continue to play a large role in the industry with Australians, as part of their normal media usage, spending an average of 88 minutes a day playing interactive games. However, games are not merely for entertainment. With the rise of AI and augmented reality there are many opportunities for games developers to create new, exciting experiences, not only in entertainment but education, health, WHS manufacturing and other spaces.

Outside broadcasts are another job trend area in the Screen and Media industry. With live sports, concerts, ceremonies and other live events require specialist skills including vision control and mixing, sound mixing and transmission.

The Culture and Related Industries sector contributed an estimated $111.7 billion to Australias economy in 2016/17, representing 6% of Australias gross domestic product.

Performing arts technicians require digital and technological skills to keep up with rapid technological changes taking place in the industry, creating opportunities for industry entrants to engage with new artistic experiences including interactive performance and augmented and virtual reality mediums.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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