Diploma of Screen and Media

CRICOS Code: 093659J
National Code: CUA51015


Gain specialist knowledge and hands-on experience that can lead you to an exciting career in film, television, journalism, radio or the games industry.

Duration (incl. holidays)
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52 weeks
36 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

Course Notes

  • Students would typically complete a package of courses, made up of the Diploma of Screen and Media (2 semesters) and the Advanced 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 $27800.
  • Students interested in the Screen & Media course will have the option of choosing 1 of 2 streams*: Film and TV Stream or Game and VFX 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.

    Game and VFX Stream
    This stream is for students that want to excel in the field of computer game or film/TV visual effects industries. It is essentially two convergences of game and visual effects technologies; animator, modeler, texture artist, lighter, roto artist, tracking, real time environment design, 3D environment artist, motion graphics, dynamic/simulation effects, compositor and virtual reality. Students are taught the practical and theoretical aspects of these areas so they are better equipped to specialise either through further study or gain employment in their preferred area. With a hands-on practical approach by our passionate teaching staff, students get to use industry-standard software and hardware.

    *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 stream when applying to TAFE SA.


These course fees are for international students only.

Average cost per semester (6 months)
AUD $7125
Total course cost ( 52 weeks)
AUD $14250
Incidental Fees*
AUD $0*
Total Fees
AUD $14250

Note: TAFE SA course fees are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. As such, the course fees for 2022 have increased and are published on this site. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students 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 Students Health Cover.

  • Employment Outcomes

    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.

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

    * 2020 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

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Establish and maintain safe creative practice 30
    Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge 50
    Originate and develop concepts 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply digital texturing for the 3-D environment in digital games 30
    Compile production schedules 40
    Create 3D digital animations 75
    Create 3D digital environments 30
    Create 3D Digital Models 75
    Create advanced 3D digital models 50
    Create digital visual effects 70
    Create observational drawings 50
    Create titles for screen productions 30
    Design animation and digital visual effects 80
    Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work 60
    Develop lighting designs 30
    Direct television programs and segments 40
    Edit complex screen productions 50
    Edit screen content for fast turnaround 30
    Edit sound 65
    Extend expertise in specialist creative fields 45
    Perform basic vision and sound editing 40
    Record sound on location 35
    Shoot a wide range of screen content 70
    Shoot material for screen productions 60
    Shoot material for screen productions under special conditions 20
    Undertake project work 60
    Write extended stories 40
  • 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. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Design (Illustration and Animation)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts
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