Advanced Diploma Program in CGI and Visual Effects and Game Arts/Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design) - Flinders Uni Pathway

TAFE SA Code: DP00013

Study pathway: Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51015) Study pathway: Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA60615)


If TV production and 3D computer animation for television and cinema are your passion then this qualification is for you. This course has a hands on approach to industry-standard 2D and 3D software and broadcast standard hardware. You will be taught various aspects of the movie and television making process so that you understand where computer generated imagery fits in the workflow of a production.

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Up to 60 months 

Full Time

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Information Session:

Tuesday 26 October 6:30-7:30pm at Adelaide College of the Arts – Room 2.39

Course Admission Requirements

  • Diploma or above in CGI and Visual Effects related area
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

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This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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This course also has an incidentals cost of $20.00 for Contribution for participation in final industry presentation.

Please note that fees and funding status only apply to the initial TAFE SA qualification. Check the course page or relevant university website for details on the secondary qualification.

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • You will receive an offer to both TAFE SA and University, with the University offer being conditional on successful completion of the TAFE SA qualification.
    • You can rest assured you have secured your University offer, pending successful completion of the TAFE SA award.
    • No further application will be required.
    • You will receive credit for TAFE SA studies allowing you to complete two awards dependent on the pathway selected.
    • If accepted, you will receive an offer to TAFE SA and-on successful completion of the TAFE SA qualification-an offer to University with no further application required.
    • Important Note: The listed awards are reviewed and changes may occur without notice. Dual Offers are available only to Australian and New Zealand citizens or holders of permanent visas.
    • View our Uni Dual Offer Courses list
    • Students wishing to access subsidised funding or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills as part of course counselling before enrolling.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
    • You will need to purchase a WACOM tablet or equivalent from approx. $120 for use in drawing, concept art and the production of hand painted textures
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    FEE-HELP is a Government loan scheme that assists eligible higher education students enrolled in eligible higher education courses to pay their tuition fees. Eligible students can choose to use a FEE-HELP loan to cover all or part of their tuition fees.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    A range of positions in the Visual Effects industry including 3D Computer Animator, Compositor as well as film and advertising industries.

    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 (CUA51015)
    This qualification reflects the role of individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate the work of self and/or team in the film, television, radio and interactive media industries. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 12 elective units.

    Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA60615)
    This qualification reflects the role of individuals who analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging technical, creative, conceptual or managerial competencies in the film, television, radio and interactive media industries. Their knowledge base may be specialised or broad. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 13 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.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Originate and develop concepts 30
    Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity 65


    Name Nominal Hours
    Build and sustain an innovative work environment 50
    Collaborate with editors during post production 50
    Conceive and develop lighting designs 30
    Design animation and digital visual effects 80
    Design digital simulations 50
    Design information architecture 70
    Develop a marketing plan 50
    Develop and implement a business plan 60
    Direct cinematography for screen productions 50
    Direct screen production crews 50
    Ensure team effectiveness 60
    Establish the creative vision for screen productions 50
    Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level 80
    Implement design solutions 60
    Manage locations for film and media productions 40
    Manage project risk 40
    Manage the marketing process 50
    Plan and manage film and media post production 35
    Plan and manage film and media pre production 30
    Realise a body of creative work 80
    Realise productions 280
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