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Certificate IV in Screen and Media

National Course Code: CUA41215


The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Screen and Media is designed to give you practical sought-after skills in your specialised screen and media area. Learn from experts and put your passion for creativity and storytelling to use in this dynamic and evolving field.


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

  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Create 3D digital animations and prepare video assets
  • Design, apply, maintain and remove make-up
  • Develop techniques for presenting to camera
  • Write narration and material for current affairs, features and documentaries


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Creative thinking and problem solving skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • A design mindset with the ability to think critically
  • Great communication and storytelling skills
  • The ability to take direction


Completing this course provides you with:

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

Career opportunities:

  • Assistant producer
  • Wigmaker
  • Make-up artist (creative)
  • Floor manager (film and television)
  • Assistant director
  • Digital artist
  • Special effects operator
  • Lighting supervisor (productions)
  • Screen laboratory technician
  • Website designer
  • Animator
  • Editor (film and television)
  • Camera operator
  • Media announcer
  • Multimedia graphic designer
  • Radio producer


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma in Screen and Media
  • Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media

This course is superseded.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 skills
  • The ability to work in collaboration as part of a team
  • A design mindset and the ability to think critically
  • Great communication and storytelling skills
  • The ability to take direction
  • Problem solving skills and are solutions based

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. The assessments in this course are very practical and take place 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 the screen and media industry. You will learn broad screen and media skills, that allow you to get a taste of different fields and be set up for success when you go on to further study in the Certificate IV in Screen and Media. The Certificate III qualification allows to you specialise in a number of unofficial streams such as Film and TV, animation, games and digital media, or podcasting and radio broadcasting.

This course, the Certificate IV in Screen and Media, will extend and develop your screen and media practice. You are able to 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 exciting careers in film, television, journalism, radio or the games industry.

The Diploma in Screen and Media offers you a range of specialty units that can help you become a film and TV make-up and hair artist, or learn to become a master 3D animator. This digital-savvy diploma will give you specialist knowledge and hands-on experience. You will learn a variety of skills across a range of screen and media technologies.

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 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:

  • Applying script language in authoring
  • Carrying out television transmission operations
  • Creating 3D digital animations
  • Creating storyboards
  • Editing dialogue and sound
  • Preparing audio and video assets
  • Writing content for a range of media

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

  • Film and television learn to write, direct, shoot and edit documentaries
  • Radio broadcasting learn to present, interview and produce shows
  • Journalism write text, video and audio for different audiences across various channels including digital and print
  • Animation and visual effects use interactive media technologies and explore Digital 3D character and environment design using industry specific software
  • Special effects make-up create specific looks for different genres and different films, tv, approaches and characters

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 market, such as 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 is another job trend area in the Screen and Media industry. With live sports, concerts, ceremonies and other live events requiring 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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