Diploma of Screen and Media

Duration (incl. holidays) 43 weeks
Teaching Duration37 weeks
(2 Semesters is 1 academic year)
CRICOS Code084942C
National CodeCUF50107
Course TypeTraining Package Qualification
Example Career ProfilesComputer AnimatorComputer Animator,  Lighting, Sound, Staging, Vision TechniciansLighting, Sound, Staging, Vision Technicians,  Media PresenterMedia Presenter
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Campus Locations for Course Delivery

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 CampusApplication Study Mode Approx.Contact Hours per Week Commences
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    Course Admission Requirements (for International Applications)

    Course Notes

    • Students interested in the Screen & Media course will have the option of choosing 1 of 3 streams: Game Art or Computer Generated Imaging & Visual Effects (CGI & VFX).

      Film and TV Stream
      The Film and Television stream equips students with comprehensive production and post-production skills required in today's screen industry. Our training focuses on specific crew roles for on-set and location-based productions via current industry practices, which include:
      Pre-production: management including budgeting and scheduling, contracts and location management
      Production: including creative and technical skilling across several roles such as camera, lighting and sound recording
      Post-production: editing including technical and creative skills regarding telling the story with images and sound design, editing and mixing.
      Campus: Adelaide City Arts (AC Arts)

      Computer Generated Imaging & Visual Effects Stream (CGI & VFX)
      This stream is for students that want to excel in the field of visual effects and 3D computer animation for television and cinema. It is essentially two courses rolled into one: TV production and 3D computer animation (incorporating Visual Effects). Students are taught the practical and theoretical aspects of the movie and television making process so that they understand where computer-generated imagery fits in the workflow of a production. With a hands-on practical approach by our passionate teaching staff, students get to use industry-standard 2D and 3D software and broadcast-standard hardware.
      Campus: Adelaide City Arts (AC Arts).

      Game Art
      As a game art student you will learn the skills required of artists in game development. Game artists are chiefly modellers and texturers but also have a broad knowledge of the game development process. This course puts particular emphasis on modelling, texturing, concept development and drawing. Students develop skills and knowledge in these key areas as well as project management, team work, simulations industry and a variety of delivery platforms.
      Campus: Tea Tree Gully (this course will likely move to AC Arts in Semester 2, 2017).

      *The streams are very different, therefore students cannot swap from a diploma of one stream into the advanced diploma of another stream. Students will need to list their preferred preference when applying to TAFE SA.

      *The total duration for the Diploma and Advanced Diploma is 2 years (4 semesters) for a total fee of $27000.
    • Students would typically complete a package of courses, made up of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (2 semesters) and the Diploma of Screen and Media (2 semesters) for a total duration of 2 academic years (4 semesters). The cost of this package of courses is $27000. Students will receive a COE and a parchment for each of the courses within the package.
    • The Computer Generated Imaging & Visual Effects (CGI&VE) Stream will be taught at the Adelaide City Arts (AC Arts) Campus. In Semester 1, 2017 the Game Art Stream will be taught at Tea Tree Gully Campus, and move (pending facility upgrade) to AC Arts for Semester 2, 2017 commencement.
    • Note: The Film & TV Stream and the Computer Generated Imaging & Visual Effects Stream will be taught at the Adelaide City Arts (AC Arts) Campus whilst the Game Art Stream will be taught at Tea Tree Gully Campus for Semester 1, 2017 then change to Adelaide City Arts (AC Arts) Campus from Semester 2, 2017.

    How to Apply

    International Course - application process

    If you are applying from onshore, generally, you will need to apply for an international course to TAFE South Australia at least two months before you want to start your studies in Australia. If you are applying from offshore it is highly recommended that you apply at least four months in advance.

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    Note: You must be an International resident to apply for this course. For Australian residents please visit TAFE SA Courses.

    Employment Outcomes

    Courses in this area cover the production and creation of media content for consumers. Graduates will be prepared for work in a range of areas including the film and television sectors, video production and facility houses, special effects companies, game production studios, and mobile phone content development.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Screen and Media
    5 core units: Make a presentation; Collaborate in a creative process; Establish networks; Manage projects; Ensure a safe workplace; plus 10 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    Credit Transfer

    You will only receive a joint offer for TAFE SA and University if you apply for a Packaged University Program. If the University course that you have selected is not part of a Packaged University Offers, you will need to apply separately to the University for your selected degree program.

    Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses.

    Find other TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    Diploma of Screen and Media

    Credit Gained
    UniversityUniversity CoursePointsTime Equiv.Details
    University of Southern QueenslandBachelor of Applied Media8 points 12 months Details


    These course fees are for international students only.

    Tuition FeesIncidental Fees
    Semester 1AUD $6750-
    Semester 2AUD $6750-
    Fee TotalsAUD $13500-
    Total Course CostAUD $13500

    Note: TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    Overseas Student Health Cover

    All overseas students are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Student Health Cover.

    Additional Services

    TAFE SA International offers an optional Arrival & Pick up and/or Accommodation Service. For further details please contact us.

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