Offering Info

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

  • National Course Code: CUA60615
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60615-01V01-21ULT-210

Location – Ultimo, Main Campus (Radio and Journalism)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

20 Jul 2021

Study Commitment

27 Hours per week


17 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally recognised Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media gets you ready to entertain, inspire or inform the world. Finesse your expertise in your chosen creative field, as you hone your talents in film and television, radio and podcast journalism, animation or game development.


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

  • Create, develop and complete major projects, which may include radio programs, animations and fully functioning games
  • Work within budgets and deadlines
  • Write scripts and storyboard
  • Perform post-production activities like editing and effects
  • Operate a range of technical software and hardware


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Passion for the process of creating content
  • Good collaboration and teamwork skills
  • The capacity to take or give direction depending on the work context
  • An ability to stay focused in a fast-paced atmosphere


Completing this course provides you with:

  • An accredited qualification at Advanced Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Radio presenter
  • Radio producer
  • Podcast developer
  • Digital animator
  • Games designer
  • VFX specialist
  • Film editor
  • Sound editor
  • Director


Take your creative career further with:

  • 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This course is superseded.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.


To be eligible for this course, you need to demonstrate one of the following:

  • That you have completed the Diploma of Screen and Media as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate or
  • That you have relevant experience in screen and media as evidenced by a portfolio of your work


A white card (or general construction induction card) may be required to access some production sites. Check your local regulation requirements.

Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card.


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

  • Illustration skills for storyboard development
  • A passion for storytelling
  • Collaborative skills and enjoy working in a team
  • Willingness to work on a range of technical skills
  • Confidence using equipment commonly used in screen and media, such as audio, video and lighting hardware, as well as a variety of media creation software

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have:

  • Completed the Diploma Screen and Media, or have equivalent experience in journalism, radio or content making for one or more platforms.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Diploma standard or higher understanding of media;
  • English language proficiency (both written and spoken);
  • Basic level of computer literacy;
  • To have access to a smart phone or similar device (a limited number of suitable devices are available to borrow from the Library);
  • To work to deadlines, and receive constructive critical feedback about your work and performance;
  • To prioritise time to consume a range of media, including news.

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.


Date Time Location
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 12:30pm OR 6:30pm Join Information Session Here
Wednesday, 30 June 2021 12:30pm OR 6:30pm Join Information Session Here
Wednesday, 14 July 2021 12:30pm OR 6:30pm Join Information Session Here


This is a full time, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 18 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 17 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 9 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours. This course requires a high degree of self management of work. The independent part of your studies includes research, consuming news and other media content (social media, listening to the radio, watching video and TV), as well as making media content (writing scripts and articles, taking photos, recording audio and video).

NOTE: This course was normally face to face on campus, but recently has been run 100% online with teachers and student working from home, using interactive webinars. It has been very successful and popular that way! So whether we are back to normal life on campus, or still working from home, or a bit of both, you are sure to enjoy this highly social course and get the career potential that you are after.


This course is designed for people who have completed the Diploma Screen and Media, or have equivalent experience in journalism, radio or content making for one or more platforms. You will build practical skills in radio, journalism and digital content creation in a newsroom environment. You will take management roles in the student radio station TAFE Radio and student news site OffCampus, in order to develop your skills in editorial judgement, leadership, strategy and coordination.


Monday, 21 June 2021, at 9:30am to 12:30pm

  • See details at Join Information Session Here
  • Log in and try a free class online to gain some useful skills and see how much you enjoy this. You will also learn about career paths in Radio Broadcasting, Media and Journalism.


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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30am to 4:30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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.

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


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


There are minimal other costs and materials required to successfully complete this course. Ad hoc expenses may include the purchase of smart phone apps, or entry fees for excursions. The total of these costs are not expected to exceed $50 for the duration of the course.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding


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

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
21ULT03544 UOS 1-CUA60615-21ULT-210-SSVSL 20 Jul 2021 10 Sep 2021 06 Sep 2021 $1,287.00
21ULT03553 UOS 2-CUA60615-21ULT-210-SSVSL 06 Sep 2021 15 Oct 2021 05 Oct 2021 $1,287.00
21ULT03574 UOS 3-CUA60615-21ULT-210-SSVSL 18 Oct 2021 03 Dec 2021 01 Nov 2021 $1,286.00

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details. (only if available as a trainee)

Core Units
Number Title
CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of creative practice
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAPPR605 Evolve ideas for professional creative work
Elective Units
Number Title
CUADIG501 Coordinate the testing of interactive media products
CUAPPR405 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work
BSBMGT616 Develop and implement strategic plans
BSBMKG608 Develop organisational marketing objectives
BSBPMG601 Direct the integration of projects
CUAWRT602 Edit scripts
BSBDES501 Implement design solutions
BSBINN801 Lead innovative thinking and practice
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
CUAPPM502 Realise productions
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
CUAIND601 Work professionally in the creative arts industry
CUAWRT601 Write scripts

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.

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Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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