Creative Industries

CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media

This course is designed for people who want to expand on their skills and knowledge of the media industry and in particular establishing networks, managing projects and taking part in the production of the media.   Streams allow students to specialise as a producer, production manager, animation or visual effects designer, presenter or director of photography.

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 production, and post production, and also provides essential technical skills in camera work, sound, lighting and editing.

The diploma provides an opportunity for students to extend their skills and knowledge through the development of their own projects. It also offers participants the opportunity to develop expertise in the following areas:

  • Production management
  • Filming a range of video content
  • Advanced skills in sound recording and editing
  • Advanced directorial production skills
  • Digital editing techniques 
  • Outcomes cater for employment or further study in film or broadcast media and related disciplines.

Career Opportunities.

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Creative Industry Professions – scriptwriters, producers, directors, productions managers, and editors – across film and television production, cross-platform video production, pay-per-view services, corporate communications and independent production.
  • Creative Crafts people in production, art and design, camera, lighting, sound and editing departments.
  • Technical operations in construction, production, camera, sound, make-up, media 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:

  • For graduates looking at further study at University, typically this Diploma will contribute to the first year of a 3yr Bachelor Degree. It varies according to the course and University so contact the University for clarification.

Location, dates and times

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  4 February to November 2020
  • Duration: 36 weeks
  • Entry is subject to interview and evidence of prior experience

Information Session:

Alanvale Campus Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 2pm to 3pm
Room D2.07, D Block, 54A Alanvale Road, Newnham
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Learning Options

This course is delivered in-class using a blend of learning modes, including online, in-class and practical placement. The majority of learning and assessment resources are delivered using TasTAFE’s Canvas LMS.

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;

  • Role play scenarios
  • Presentations to client /colleagues
  • Projects published to your own server
  • Observations on the job and/or in a simulated assessment environment
  • Screen recording / capture to demonstrate competence
  • Project documentation/ correspondence with client

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.

Eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma students who are unable to pay tuition fees up front are able to defer fees under the VET Student Loans scheme. Further details are available at our VET Student Loans page.

What will I need to bring?

Students will need to provide the following:

  • Basic stationary items
  • Note book

Are there ‘other’ costs?

No other fees or costs.

Essential Requirements

There are no essential requirements for entry into this course.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

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

  • Completion of CUA41015 Certificate IV in Screen and Media
  • Candidate who can demonstrate current industry experience equivalent to a job role undertaken by a Certificate IV graduate.


Diploma students are required to be able to demonstrate employability skills, the ability to work independently and within a team environment, have a sound background and demonstrated experience in film. This certificate requires students to be able to work with a range of people/students, project manage their work flow and work autonomously with limited support from teachers.

To gain entry into the Diploma of Screen and Media the following is required to enable to staff to assess your ability to complete the certificate.

  1. A  portfolio of work.  This will need to include evidence of two completed short films. If possible a documentary and drama
  2. A current CV
  3. A letter of intention
  4. A copy of a script – either completed or in progress

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.


CUA51015 Diploma of Screen & Media

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a CUA51013 Diploma of Screen & Media 15 units must be successfully completed.  These include three core units plus twelve electives.  Electives are suggested based on industry and/or employer consultation.


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