Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Duration (incl. holidays) 42 weeks
Teaching Duration36 weeks
(2 Semesters is 1 academic year)
CRICOS Code084980G
National CodeCUF60107
Course TypeTraining Package Qualification
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  • 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.

Course Admission Requirements (for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of the one year Diploma of Screen and Media in the same design field.

Course Notes

  • Students interested in the Screen & Media course will have the option of choosing 1 of 2 streams:Computer Generated Imaging & Visual Effects (CGI & VFX) or Game Art stream.

    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 Stream
    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 move to AC Arts for Semester 2, 2017 commencement)

    *The 2 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.
  • 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

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

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.

Packaged University Offer

This course is available as a Packaged University Offer. The University program(s) for this course: Bachelor of Media at the University of Adelaide

This allows students to accept a joint packaged offer with a local South Australian University, and upon successful completion of TAFE SA qualification, the student is eligible for a guaranteed entry into a nominated University Program. Find out more about Packaged University Offers.

The benefits of a Packaged University Offer include:

  • Students will be able to apply for a single visa for the entire duration of both programs
  • Guaranteed entry into selected University Programs
  • Guaranteed credits shorten the duration of qualifications and reduces tuition fees over the total duration of study program
  • Graduate with a dual qualification from both TAFE SA and a University (for example Advanced Diploma/Bachelor Degree)
  • Graduate with a competitive mix of practical and theoretical skills

See relevant Credit Transfer details below.

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

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Credit Gained
UniversityUniversity CoursePointsTime Equiv.Details
Flinders UniversityBachelor of Creative Arts (Screen)54 points 18 months Details
University of AdelaideBachelor of Media36 points 18 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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