Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects)

CRICOS Code: 108455E
National Code: CUA51020


Take your place in the exciting world of computer gaming and film visual effects with this comprehensive Diploma. Be tutored in a wide range of content creation applications and find your future as a specialised digital artist in these in-demand industries. You’ll gain a sound understanding of industry workflows as you perfect your hands-on skills as a digital artist. You’ll learn and study at our multi-disciplinary Adelaide College of the Arts and work with the latest industry-standard software and technologies.

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


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $9600
Semester 2
AUD $9600
Fee Totals
AUD $19200
Total Course Cost
AUD $19200

Note: TAFE SA course fees are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. As such, the course fees for 2023 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

    Outcomes cater for employment in the computer game or film/TV visual effects industries or further study in specialised skills for either industry. Possible job roles include animator, modeler, texture artist, lighter, roto artist, tracking, real time environment design, 3D environment artist, motion graphics, dynamic/simulation effects, compositor and many more including emerging roles in areas such as VR.

    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 (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects) (CUA51020)
    Start your career in the Game and Visual Effects Industries. Content covers industry referenced skills and technologies in the creation of a wide variety of Game and VFX digital content on multiple platforms. This qualification will give you a sound theoretical knowledge base and skills in a range of specialised, technical competencies. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 11 elective units.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 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
    Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge 60
    Establish and maintain safe creative practice 40
    Provide freelance services 40
    Realise a creative project 90


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply digital texturing for the 3-D environment in digital games 30
    Create 3D digital animations 75
    Create 3D digital environments 60
    Create 3D digital models 75
    Create advanced 3D digital models 50
    Create digital visual effects 80
    Create observational drawings 60
    Create titles for screen productions 30
    Design digital applications 60
    Extend expertise in specialist creative fields 45
    Shoot material for screen productions under special conditions 20

  • The city created for students

    You will never find another city like Adelaide. With welcoming locals, it is the perfect place for you to study, live and enjoy.

    Affordable living
    A student city

    A student city

    Adelaide is home to over 30,000 international students and has a strong and growing reputation as an education city. In addition to TAFE SA, Adelaide is home to six world-leading universities: The University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, Flinders University, Carnegie Mellon University, Torrens University Australia and CQ University Australia.


    Adelaide’s crime rates are the lowest in the country and for that reason, Adelaide has previously been named the safest city in Australia.

    Beach Culture

    Beach Culture

    Adelaide’s pristine sandy beaches are just a 20 minute tram ride from the city centre. On hot summer days, you can study in the day and take the tram to have dinner at the beach and watch the sunset with friends.

    Live centrally

    Accommodation is more affordable in Adelaide than in other cities in Australia making it often possible for students to live in the heart of the city or just outside. This means more time is spent studying and less time travelling.

    Live centrally


    Adelaide is known for its cafe culture, with more cafes and restaurants by population than any other city in Australia. In recent years, Adelaide has also developed a vibrant and varied bar scene. The city is big enough that you will struggle to visit all of the places you would like to drink and eat in during in your first year of study. Our mix of cultures means there’s likely to be a supermarket that sells food from your home country too.

    Easy to get around

    Adelaide is a flat city so it is ideal for walking or cycling. Its grid layout makes it almost impossible to get lost! There are free trams and buses around the city centre. International students can show their ID to get cheaper tickets.

    Easy to get around


    Adelaide is known for its festivals, which are famous around the world. WOMADelaide, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Fringe Festival and Cabaret Festival are just some of the international arts and music festivals that keep the city buzzing

    Everyone agrees – Adelaide is a great place to live and study

    Adelaide is recognised as one of the world’s most liveable cities. In 2014, Lonely Planet’s Best of Travel book ranked Adelaide in the global top ten. For the last four years Adelaide has been ranked one of the most liveable cities in the world by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

    Everyone agrees – Adelaide is a great place to live and study
    Beautiful weather

    Beautiful weather

    Adelaide has four distinct seasons, with moderate winters and warm to hot summers. In winter you will need woolly jumpers and jackets and in summer, shorts and t-shirts. The heat in South Australia is dry, rather than humid.

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