Overview

Develop the skills to tell stories that matter with a Diploma of Screen and Media – Film and Television. This hands-on course is designed to provide you with the practical, theoretical and creative skills to produce a wide range of screen content focused on the Film and Television industries. Develop concepts and hone your production skills while learning the importance of collaboration.

Upon successful course completion students will be issued with the award qualification title - CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media - or upon request an award with a specialisation title of Diploma of Screen and Media (Production Management, Post-Production).

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

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
Midyear applications are now open.

Ready to apply for a midyear start? Go to the application portal. Still exploring your options at Swinburne? Meet us at Open Day.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Concept development
  • Storytelling
  • Production
  • Collaboration

Your career opportunities

  • Assistant producer
  • Director
  • Production coordinator
  • Camera operator
  • Editor

Key codes

Hawthorn VTAC code
3400278064
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.

Location options

Diploma of Screen and Media - Film and Television student work

Diploma of Screen and Media - Film and Television student work

Our creative Diploma of Screen and Media (Film and Television) students have worked on some amazing projects. Check out their latest pieces in the 2020 video showreel. 

Admissions

Applicants require a minimum of Year 12 completion or equivalent., or attainment of

  • CUA41220 Certificate IV in Screen and Media
  • CUA41215 Certificate IV in Screen and Media
     

Applicants without a solid grounding in Film & Television, may choose to complete the Certificate IV in Screen & Media to gain the foundational skills.

Individuals will be required to submit a portfolio of work.

Portfolios should comprise 6-8 examples of your own work, including but not limited to film and video. You should provide pre-production development work (for at least one example of a recent project). This can include written proposals and visual pieces (e.g. paintings, photographs and animation).

Ideally, you would also have skills and knowledge in:

  • Basic computer use
  • Basic photography, and use of camera and lenses 
  • Basic design principles
  • Writing and storyboarding
  • Sound and video editing
  • Working on projects in a collaborative environment

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

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.

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. 

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.

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 eleven elective units listed.

4
Core units
+
11
Elective units
=
Diploma
Course hours are estimated and may change based on study mode, unit choice, credits, or enrolment adjustments, total indicative nominal hours: 1000

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Provide freelance services
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CUAIND412
Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
CUAIND512
Realise a creative project
Core unit, 90.0 credit points
CUAPPR411
Establish and maintain safe creative practice
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CUAPPR515
Elective units
Undertake project work
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
BSBPMG430
Shoot different screen content
Elective unit, 90.0 credit points
CUACAM411
Implement design solutions
Elective unit, 70.0 credit points
CUADES511
Implement lighting designs
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUALGT412
Manage media assets
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
CUAPOS412
Edit complex media productions
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUAPOS511
Coordinate media production services and resources
Elective unit, 45.0 credit points
CUAPPM416
Analyse cultural history and theory
Elective unit, 70.0 credit points
CUARES503
Record sound on location
Elective unit, 35.0 credit points
CUASOU410
Implement sound designs
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUASOU505
Develop storylines and treatments
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUAWRT512

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$17,320

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

$12,680

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Hawthorn VTAC code
3400278064
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VTAC Code (IFP)
3400278064
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