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Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Interactive Media)

National Course Code: CUA41215


The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Interactive Media) gives you the skills to become a digital media artist or special effects designer. Create visual effects and animation on state-of-the-art technology and launch your career in the exciting design services industry.


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

  • Articulate and present your design ideas
  • Investigate micro business opportunities
  • Create digital models and animations
  • Design and create user interfaces
  • Prepare and manage media assets


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Creative thinking with a design mindset
  • Curiosity to learn and discover new ways of thinking
  • The ability to work in collaboration as part of a team
  • Creative ways to solve problems
  • 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:

  • Interactive media designer
  • Digital artist
  • Special effects operator
  • Website designer
  • Animator
  • Multimedia graphic designer


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Media) or head into animation and VFX with the specialist 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This course is superseded.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
  • Curiosity to learn and discover new ways of thinking
  • The ability to work in collaboration as part of a team
  • Creative ways to solve problems and create opportunities
  • Great communication and storytelling skills
  • The ability to take direction

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 IV in Screen and Media (Interactive Media) will extend and develop your screen and media practice with a focus on the interactive media skills and processes.

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

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Applying script language in authoring
  • Carrying out digital interactive design
  • Creating 3D digital environments and characters
  • Creating storyboards for stories and games and wire framing for apps and websites
  • 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 up-to-date and industry relevant.

In the Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Interactive Media) you will:

  • Use interactive media technologies and explore digital 3D characters and environments
  • Design using industry specific software

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.

Interactive Media began to replace the model of one-way communication at the advent of the internet. Over the last 30 years, it has grown exponentially to include apps, games, virtual reality, interactive video, publications, art, social media, advertising and theme parks.

Jobs in this industry continue to increase in demand as the need for effective, user friendly online interactivity becomes necessary for business, retail, commercial and entertainment industries.

The Specialised Design Services industry in Australia is forecast to generate $6.3 billion in revenue and grow by an annualised 2.2% through to 2023/24. Demand for industry services is projected to increase due to technological advancements in digital services, increased foreign investment and governments rebate scheme for film and TV productions.

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.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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