Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation and Design)

CRICOS Code: 108456D
National Code: CUA60620


Take your place in the exciting screen and media industries with this nationally recognised Advanced Diploma. You’ll get hands-on experience with the latest software and technology as you work in our multi-disciplinary Adelaide College of the Arts. Refine your specialised digital skills in game and film visual effects and learn about the many aspects of working in the deadline driven creative arts industries. You’ll create an industry standard portfolio of work as you study so you’re ready to impress prospective employers.

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

  • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Diploma of Screen & Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects)


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $10062
Semester 2
AUD $10063
Fee Totals
AUD $20125
Total Course Cost
AUD $20125

Note: TAFE SA course and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition and other fees/costs 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

    A range of positions in the Visual Effects industry including 3D Computer Animator, Compositor as well as film and advertising industries. Game artist, Computer Animator as well as the simulations industry and film and advertising as 3D modellers and texture artists.

    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 (Content Creation and Design) (CUA60620)
    This course is designed for students that want to excel in the field of visual effects and 3D computer animation for television and cinema or learn advanced skills required of artists in game development. Students specialising in Visual Effects and CGI are taught various aspects of the movie and television making process so that they understand where computer generated imagery fits in the workflow of a production. Students specialising in Game Art specialise in environment creation as modellers and texture artists and develop a broad knowledge of the game development process. Particular emphasis is placed on modelling, texturing, rigging, animation, and game engines with a major team production. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 12 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
    Engage in the business of creative practice 80
    Establish and maintain safe creative practice 40
    Evolve ideas for professional creative work 50
    Work professionally in the creative arts industry 70


    Name Nominal Hours
    Collaborate in professional creative projects 50
    Complete compositing to create elements for 3-D and digital effects environments 40
    Create and combine 3-D digital games and components 30
    Design and create models for 3-D and digital effects environments 50
    Design digital simulations 50
    Design games 30
    Design specifications for animation and digital visual effects 90
    Develop lighting designs 30
    Edit complex media productions 50
    Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level 120
    Originate a body of independent creative work 75
    Perform primary and secondary colour correction 60

  • 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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