Creative Industries

CUA41215 Certificate IV in Screen and Media

The CUA41215 Certificate IV in Screen and Media qualification is part of the Creative Arts and Culture Training Package. It is designed for individuals who wish to further develop their skills and knowledge base in a wide variety of contexts in the film, television, web video content and digital media industries.   Students have the opportunity to develop their skills across a variety of areas including: audio and sound, directing, writing, producing and cinematography.   They will also have the opportunity to build upon their leadership, management and business skills.

This course aims to provide a program of study focused on the film, video and multimedia industries.  Outcomes cater for employment or further study in film or broadcast media and related disciplines.   This course develops skills essential to the crafts of scriptwriting, video content production and also provides essential technical skills in camera work, sound, light and editing.

The Certificate IV, depending on experience, can be entry level course leading to the CUA51015 Diploma in Screen & Media, which will provide an opportunity to develop more advanced technical and production skills. Potential areas for specialisation in the Certificate IV include: documentary and factual programming, and trans-media. A CUA31015 Certificate III in Screen and Media is available for interested applicants that need to learn the basic skills required for entry into Certificate IV.

The Certificate IV is offered on a full-time basis and offers participants the opportunity to develop expertise in the following areas:

  • Setup and use professional digital cameras
  • Introduction to sound recording and editing
  • Video editing
  • Introduction to lighting
  • Elements of planning and production
  • Application of skills to industry and business
  • Screenplay writing, short document writing, pitching ideas

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Creative Industry Professions: – scriptwriters, producers, directors, productions managers, animators and editors – across film and television production, cross-platform video production, pay-per-view services, corporate communications and independent production.
  • Creative Craftspeople in production, art and design, camera, lighting, sound and editing departments.
  • Social Media content makers.
  • Video content producers, Television story producers.
  • Technical operations in construction, production, camera, sound, make-up, medial handling, wardrobe and technical engineering.
  • Administration and management, including recruitment, financial administration, production management and marketing.
  • Freelance production of documentaries, corporate videos and online communications.

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study.   Related courses include:

Locations, dates and times

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:   4 February 2020
  • Duration:  28 weeks

Information Session:

Alanvale Campus Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 11am – 12pm
Room D2.07, D Block, Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham
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Learning Options

The course is delivered through structured classes, tutorials, workshops, and practical projects. Students will also be expected to work unsupervised on specific projects outside their normal class times.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge.  They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Written and Verbal questioning
  • Complete Workplace Documents
  • Written assignments
  • Research projects
  • Observations on the job and/or in a simulated assessment environment
  • Journals
  • Portfolio of work (namely a finished documentary and Drama)

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?

  • SD memory card “Sandisk” 64 gig capacity or greater 95Mb/sec speed for video acquisition (approx. $65.00)
  • SD memory card 8 gig capacity class 10 for audio recording (approx. $15.00)
  • Portable Hard Drive at least 1 terabyte capacity for backup and projects (approx. $70.00)
  • Pens, pencil and writing pad to take notes
  • A couple of USB sticks for quick transfer of files

Are there ‘other’ costs?

Although students have full access to the Adobe Creative Suite, which includes video and audio editing software, on campus, it can be beneficial to acquire the software on their own computers.   Student prices are accessible when enrolled.

Essential Requirements

There are no essential entry requirements for this course.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • Basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • Ability to use word processing software
  • Ability to use video and audio editing software
  • Some interest and experience in the screen area (eg Filmmaking, photography, script writing)


The satisfactory completion of the online CUA31015 Certificate III in Screen and Media – Video.
There is an entry assignment consisting of a practical and written component.   An interview process will also be conducted to ensure this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


CUA41215 Certificate IV in Screen and Media.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a CUA41215 Certificate IV Screen and Media 13 units must be successfully completed.   These include three core units and ten electives.

Electives are selected based on industry and/or employer consultation.


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