Overview

The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media - Film and Television teaches students to produce creative media content with an emphasis on conceptual and technical production techniques. With a focus on industry practice; units cover production, planning, advanced cinematography, editing, visual effects, scriptwriting and directing.

Upon successful course completion students will be issued with the award qualification title – CUA60620 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
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Skills you’ll learn

  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Visual Effects
  • Directing
  • Scriptwriting

Your career opportunities

  • Editor
  • Camera Operator
  • 1st Assistant Director Production Designer
  • Production designer
  • Sound Recordist

Key codes

International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Hawthorn VTAC code
3400278064

Location options

Professional accreditations

Maggie's Experience at Swinburne

Maggie's Experience at Swinburne

Maggies completed the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media - Film and Television at Swinburne. Learn more about the experience. 

Admissions

Successful completion of relevant diploma level qualification. Applicants with 18 months full-time relevant industry experience can provide a CV and submit a portfolio of work demonstrating evidence of the following skills/knowledge:

  • preproduction for screen and media, concept development and script writing
  • stages of production in the screen and media industry including WH&S industry practices
  • sound knowledge of HD camera and related equipment 
  • sound production and sound recording
  • video recording and editing.

Applicants need to have completed CUAPPR515 - Maintain Safe Creative Practice (or equivalent unit) 

Applicants that do not hold CUAPPR515 - Maintain Safe Creative Practice (or equivalent unit) must undertake this unit from the Diploma of Screen & Media - Animation in order to successfully complete the Advanced Diploma qualifications.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

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Other requirements

Technical Requirements

To engage fully in your studies, you are required to purchase or access the following equipment and technologies.

  • Computer
  • Headphone with microphone
  • Camera through a computer connected to the internet to use “Collaborate Ultra” within the CANVAS Learning Management System
  • Internet access
  • External Hard Drive (1TB minimum)
     

When purchasing or accessing a computer we highly recommend the below specifications are considered either Apple Macintosh or Windows PC.

Computer recommendations:

Component  

  Minimum Performance  

  Top Performance  

  GPU  

  1080p: 4GB VRAM or 4K: 8GB VRAM  

  6K-8K: 20GB VRAM  

  CPU  

  4 Cores  

  18 Cores  

  RAM  

  HD: 16GB 4K: 32GB  

  6K-8K: 64GB  

  Internal Storage  

  1TB SSD  

  4TD: SSD  

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

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Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Learn more about credit

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Learn more about RPL

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

Students must complete the four core and twelve elective units listed.

4
Core units
+
12
Elective units
=
Advanced Diploma
Course hours are estimated and may change based on study mode, unit choice, credits, or enrolment adjustments, total indicative nominal hours: 1010

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Work professionally in the creative arts industry
Core unit, 70.0 credit points
CUAIND611
Establish and maintain safe creative practice
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CUAPPR515
Engage in the business of creative practice
Core unit, 80.0 credit points
CUAPPR613
Evolve ideas for professional creative work
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
CUAPPR615
Elective units
Design specifications for animation and digital visual effects
Elective unit, 90.0 credit points
CUAANM513
Direct cinematography for screen productions
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUACAM611
Direct performers for screen productions
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUADRT512
Establish creative vision for screen productions
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUADRT611
Direct screen production crews
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUADRT613
Develop lighting designs
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
CUALGT514
Perform primary and secondary colour correction
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
CUAPOS512
Collaborate in professional creative projects
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUAPPR612
Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
Elective unit
CUAPPR616
Extend cultural research expertise
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUARES612
Manage production of sound designs
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUASOU611
Edit scripts
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUAWRT602

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$17,740

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

$11,800

2024 fees

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

Learn more about Skills first government subsidies

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

Find out more about fees

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.
Learn more about paying your fees

Eligibility for VET student loans (VSL)

If you apply for a VET Student Loan, Swinburne must first verify your identity. If you are eligible, we will provide your enrolment information to the government so you can complete the application within their eCAF system.

The VET Student Loan amount for this course is capped. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

Learn more about VET student loans

Concessions rates for vocational students

Concession rates for Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs are also available if you self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and qualify for a government-subsidised training place under the Indigenous Completions Initiative.

The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by Swinburne in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.

Learn more about concession rates

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

From 1 January 2024, all Diploma level and above courses will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. Below is the capped amount for 2023 as a guide ahead of fees for 2024 being announced.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$326

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$326

Learn more about SSAF

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

Learn more about scholarships

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Learn more about scholarships

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

Start dates
Location
Last date to apply
Start dates
February intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
Start dates
03-February-2025
Start dates
Location
Start dates
February intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
03-February-2025
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