CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media

Duration: 1 year

Course Fees

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What's included in your course fees

  • Minimum of 21 hrs of teacher contact per week
  • Affinity Software Licenses
  • Free access to cameras, lighting and audio equipment
  • Computers with required software
  • Free access to Microsoft 365 from anywhere
  • Printing & photocopying
  • Stationery as required
  • Student ID Card
  • Free WIFI
  • Tea and coffee supplied in the student lounge
  • Free special event lunch/BBQs

If you have a passion for telling stories - or telling it like it is, this is the course for you. The Diploma of Screen and Media provides you with the skills to write, shoot and edit your own feature films, documentaries, corporate videos, television commercials, music videos or web series. You will learn how to create digital video content for the big and small screens in a project based, collaborative curriculum following the standard pre-production, production and post production processes. This course uses industry standard equipment and software like our RED digital cinema camera, DaVinci Resolve and the latest Affinity software. Our Brisbane based state-of-the-art facilities boasts a large dedicated film studio with green screens and both Windows and Mac computer labs.

Our Diploma of Screen and Media course offers face to face, hands-on training in scriptwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, storyboarding, lighting, editing and production management. You will learn how to capture video and audio content, edit sequences, manipulate audio, colour grade and add special visual effects and titling to your productions. This Diploma of Screen & Media course is designed for people who are genuine about a professional career in the film and tv industry or as a digital content creator for traditional, streaming and online markets.

Course Requirements

To be awarded a Diploma of Screen and Media, competency must be achieved in all fifteen (15) units.

Core Units

CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice

BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts


CUACAM401 Shoot a wide range of screen content

CUAANM402 Create digital visual effects

CUAANM403 Create titles for screen productions

CUAPOS502 Perform primary and secondary colour correction

CUAPOS401 Edit screen content for fast turnaround

CUAPOS501 Edit complex screen productions

CUASOU410 Record sound on location

CUASOU408 Edit dialogue

CUARES402 Conduct research

CUAAIR401 Conduct interviews

CUAWRT502 Develop storyline and treatments

CUAWRT402 Write extended stories

*The course unit selection may change without notice.

Diploma of Screen and Media

Learn film making and cinematography at Australia Institute of Advanced Studies film school in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media is designed for people who are genuine about a career as a film maker for traditional and online markets. This course gives students the practical skills required to create digital video content for online distribution (YouTube, Facebook, VIMEO), community reporting, short film production for competition or festivals, and special event videography.

Digital technology and the internet have disrupted traditional models of media production and distribution and this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to take advantage of the growth of video in streaming and online production. This Diploma of Screen & Media focuses on developing the practical creative skills, craft and knowledge required for independent digital video production.

In our internet-centric and e-commerce world, digital video content is King. It is the present - and future - of all business and product marketing. When you consider that by 2020, digital video will constitute over fifty percent of all mobile traffic - and up to eighty percent of all web traffic, businesses and entrepreneurs must now embrace video as their primary and most effective marketing tool.

Ninety percent of all major product marketing now uses video as the central component to their campaigns and learning how to create, manage and distribute digital video content is becoming the all-important strategy for businesses in the 21st Century. The goal is engagement with the customer. Digital video advertising has been shown to be six hundred percent more effective in marketing a product or idea than print and direct mail combined.

With three hundred hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, two billion video views on Snapchat daily and four billion daily streams on Facebook, now is the best time to learn the skills to create digital video content and use it to enhance your job prospects or learn how to be a key player in driving sales for a product or business idea.

Brisbane Film & TV Industry

In January 2019 Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk opened the new $12 million fit-for-purpose Screen Queensland Studios located in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Hemmant.

The Government has invested $12 million into repurposing former cotton sheds into a new studio production facility, 15 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.

“Queensland has been experiencing a production boom in recent years and one of the most prolific periods of film and TV production in the history of our state.

“Queensland’s screen industry is thriving, and my Government’s support for this new studio will bring a new wave of investment in the creative jobs of the future,” the Premier said.

“Queensland is recognised as a production paradise and film-friendly state, and we are known internationally for our diverse and unrivalled natural locations, strong financial incentives, world-class facilities and award-winning talent and crew.”

Job Outcome from this course

The Diploma provides you with the opportunity to develop an online video channel to showcase your work for entry level employment in the screen industry or to promote your skills for freelance projects. The internet has disrupted traditional distribution platforms - with the click of a button you can share your stories with the world.

Pathways / Further Study

This Diploma of Screen and Media is a pathway to further study in screen and media production at university and students can typically obtain a year’s credit towards their degree.

Vet Student Loan - $15,514 CAP

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies. For more information on Vet Student Loans.


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Brisbane Campus

Our Brisbane campus is located within the Mount Gravatt TAFE grounds just 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. The campus facilities are modern, with plenty of free parking and is conveniently located with access to excellent transport facilities with two major bus lines stopping at the campus gates.

At Australian Institute of Advanced Studies everything is included in the cost of your course. You get to use the latest software suite for the duration of your study, free of charge! You get to use the computers for course related work at anytime during business hours for the whole time you are studying your course, free of charge! You have access to full colour printers/copiers for course related work, free of charge! Your student ID is included and access to Microsoft 365 from anywhere is free of charge! (See course details for what's included in each course).

Higher Level Skills

Higher Level Skills program supports the Queensland Government's Working Queensland jobs plan.

The program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access one subsidised training place in selected certificate IV and above qualifications, or priority skill sets.

The aim is to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries or to transition to university. Employers may also be able to access training to address workforce development needs.

For more information download: HLS Student Factsheet


All information was accurate at time of publication, however Australian Institute of Advanced Studies policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.