FILM AND TELEVISION FOCUS


COURSE SUMMARY

Qualification / Award Diploma of Screen and Media
Length 1 years full-time (2 semesters)
Units of Competency 15 Units of Competency
Delivery On Campus at Waterloo Studios and Online where applicable
Available to Domestic / International
ATAR
N/A
Course Accreditation CRICOS (107217E)
Financial Information Course Fees Page
IELTS Level 6.0
Application Process Apply Online

CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media is a one year practical, hands-on introductory course, where students experience the multiple disciplines of filmmaking and screen production.

This full-time course, comprising of semesters of 20 weeks each, enables students to work across a slate of scripted narrative and documentary film productions. In this real-world production environment, students learn screen storytelling techniques, production craft, and technical skills, under training by passionate industry-qualified tutors. Students are trained in professional approaches to development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution, and the technical craft of camera, lighting, grip, sound and editing equipment, as well as gaining  a wide range of experience in all key crew roles across a range of screen production projects.

Throughout their training, students train and gain in experience in multiple film production disciplines including:

  • Production Management
  • Directing for Screen
  • Screenwriting
  • Cinematography
  • Sound Recording, Editing and Mixing
  • Editing and Post-Production
  • Screen Industry and Career Planning

UNITS OF COMPETENCY

To successfully complete the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media qualification, you must complete 15 units of competency. 

 
UNITS OF COMPETENCY
   
  CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice    
  CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project    
  CUACAM411 Shoot different screen content    
  CUAPOS411 Edit digital content for fast turnaround    
  CUASOU410 Record sound on location    
  CUAWRT402 Write extended stories    
  CUAWRT512 Develop storylines and treatments    
  CUAPPR411 Make presentations    
  CUAPPR415 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work    
  CUAPPM512 Realise production    
  CUADRT512 Direct performers for screen productions    
  CUAPOS511 Edit complex media productions    
  CUASOU417 Edit sound    
  CUAIND512 Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge    
  CUAIND412 Provide freelance services    



PROJECTS

MUSIC TO VIDEO PRODUCTION 
In this production, students must apply their introductory skills in production management, cinematography, and editing to create a practical production outcome. Each student will be assigned the roles of a producer, director, camera operator, and editor, and will be responsible for planning, shooting, and editing a video to an existing royalty-free music track.
 
TELEVISION COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION
For their second production, the students will utilise their production management, cinematography, and editing skills to produce a practical outcome that focuses on delivering the client’s message. 
Once again each student will be assigned a specific role, such as producer, director, camera operator, and editor, along with additional crew roles. They will be responsible for planning, shooting, and editing a 30-second TV commercial that promotes the core message of a particular organisation.
 
NARRATIVE SCENE PRODUCTION
In this production, students will put their skills in production management, cinematography, and editing into practice by creating a practical outcome for a scripted narrative. Based on the template of previous productions, each student will be assigned a specific role, such as producer, director, and camera operator, along with other crew roles. They will be responsible for planning, shooting, and editing a scene from an existing script.
 
DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
As part of their factual documentary production requirements, students are expected to apply their comprehensive knowledge and skills in production management, cinematography, and editing. Specifically, they are required to take on the roles of producer, director, and camera operator, along with other crew roles, and work collaboratively to plan, shoot, and edit a documentary on an interesting character.
 
NARRATIVE SHORT FILM 
In their final production, students must apply their comprehensive production management, cinematography, and editing skills to create a practical outcome for a scripted narrative production. The ultimate goal is to submit it to a film festival for recognition.
Each student must work as a screenwriter, producer, director, camera operator, and editor to successfully write, plan, shoot, and edit a scripted narrative short film.
 
TV STUDIO SHOOT 
During the week-long intensive training in TV studio management, students will immerse themselves in a dynamic learning environment, acquiring a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge essential for success in the field. They will delve into the intricacies of studio equipment operation, mastering the art of camera handling, lighting techniques, and audio management. Through hands-on practice, they will learn the importance of effective communication and teamwork in coordinating live broadcasts and recording sessions. With a focus on industry standards and best practices, this training equips students with the expertise necessary to excel in the fast-paced world of TV studio management, preparing them for a fulfilling career in media production.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS & APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Applicants must have a suitable level of academic, numeracy and literacy skills in order to study in a Diploma course.

To apply for this course you must complete our filmmaking application. Shortly after you submit your application one of Sydney Film School’s friendly staff will then be in contact with you to arrange your initial tour and interview dates too.

If you have any questions about our school or course certainly feel free to get in touch. If you are eager to pursue a filmmaking career, then Sydney Film School is the place for you.


COURSE CALENDAR 

CUA51020 DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA


COURSE CALENDAR FOR STUDENTS COMMENCING IN JANUARY 2024
 
FILM 1
SEMESTER START
O WEEK, TUES, 23 JANUARY 24
MON, 29 JANUARY 24

CENSUS DATE – 19 FEBRUARY 24

MID SEMESTER BREAK – SAT, 6 APRIL 24 – SUN, 14 APRIL 24

CENSUS DATE – 3 JUNE 24

SEMESTER FINISH
FRI 21 JUNE 24

SEMESTER BREAK
 
SAT, 22 JUNE  24 – SUN, 14 JULY 24
 

 
 
FILM 2

 
SEMESTER START
MON, 15 JULY 24
 

CENSUS DATE – 16 SEPTEMBER 24

MID SEMESTER BREAK – SAT, 21 SEPTEMBER 24 – SUN, 29 SEPTEMBER 24
 
SEMESTER FINISH
FRI, 6 DECEMBER 24
GRADUATION CEREMONY – THURS, 12 DECEMBER 24