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Certificate III in Screen and Media

  • National Course Code: CUA31015
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA31015-01V02-22HUN-106

Location – Newcastle, Hunter Street (Game Design)


Full Time


On campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

18 Hours per week


18 weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

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This course is superseded.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.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


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


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Screen and Media as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol in the course as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the music industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


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

  • An interest in entering the film and television, radio, animation, video, specialist make-up, special effects, web design and/or gaming industries
  • Some ability to draw or illustrate is helpful, though not necessary
  • An interest or experience in radio, animation, film and television, make-up, digital or web design is helpful, either at through studies at school or self-taught

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • An interest in entering the film and television, radio, animation, video, specialist make-up, special effects, web design and/or gaming industries
  • Some ability to draw or illustrate is helpful, though not necessary
  • Some limited experience is helpful, either at school or self-taught

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a full-time, on campus course. You must attend approximately 18 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 18 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 3 - 4 days a week for 18 weeks.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday with day classes and Thursday with morning classes. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAIND301 Work effectively in the creative arts industry
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBDES201 Follow a design process
CUAACD201 Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas
CUAANM301 Create 2D digital animations
CUAANM302 Create 3D digital animations
CUAANM303 Create 3D digital models
CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images
CUADIG304 Create visual design components
CUASOU202 Perform basic sound editing

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Newcastle, Hunter Street (Game Design)
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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