Diploma of Screen and Media


  • Program code: C5216
  • Campus: City campus
  • National curriculum code: CUF50107

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This program provides you with skills-based training in a practical, hands-on environment.

With a focus on all aspects of screen and media - not just standing behind the camera - one of the key features of this program is that in each semester you will direct, produce, write and edit a project. This ensures you develop a strong portfolio and will make you highly employable upon graduation.

There is a Pre-selection kit associated with this program, see the Entry requirements section for further details.


1 year full-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.

You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Learning is through a combination of classes and screenings and completing computer lab, location and studio-based exercises and productions.

You'll have access to professional equipment and facilities and be encouraged to develop and produce innovative screen content to industry standards.

Most classes are conducted in a workshop style, in computer labs and on location.

Although you’ll be working in both a group and collaborative environment, you will be individually assessed for each of your productions.

You will be taught by industry experts and professional knowledge sharers. There are many field trips to attend and a newly developed study tour to Cambodia is available for students interested in overseas production projects.

Program structure

This program runs over 2 years (4 semesters), consisting of the Diploma (year 1) and the Advanced Diploma (year 2). You'll develop the skills and knowledge you need in key areas such as:

  • concept development
  • storytelling
  • pre-production
  • production
  • post-production.

Throughout your studies, we emphasise the importance of industry knowledge, collaboration, team building and professionalism.

You must successfully complete the Diploma of Screen and Media before progressing to the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Screen).

Year 12 applicants will usually apply for the Diploma and complete the suite of 2 programs (the Diploma and Advanced Diploma) over 2 years full-time.


You'll learn the technical and managerial skills to plan, carry out and evaluate your work, both individually and as part of a team.

You'll learn the essentials of:

  • camera and multi-camera
  • directing
  • editing
  • genre studies
  • networking
  • occupational health and safety (OHS)
  • production management
  • post-production
  • screenwriting
  • sound
  • special effects (VFX).

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

You'll be encouraged to do part-time, casual or volunteer work in the film and television industry, to develop your knowledge, apply your skills and acquire workplace experience. We have very close relationship with Network 10, where many of our graduates are currently employed, as well as connections with special events companies, golf tournaments, football matches and the grand prix.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


Our graduates enter the industry as freelance professionals in a variety of production roles. Many have also found career-building positions in Australian network television.

Australian and international graduates are also actively working in media industries in Europe, USA and Asia.

Television content is in demand due to the growth in television channels, which has seen the rise of new job roles and opportunities within the industry as well as the increased funding of projects and facilities. Industry professionals regularly turn to RMIT students and graduates to fill roles in all aspects of TV and film production.

This program aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as:

  • cinematographers
  • camera assistants
  • editors
  • special effects specialists, designers, operators
  • content producers
  • assistant directors
  • scriptwriters
  • freelancers
  • TV graphics designers.

Global opportunities

The newly developed study tour to Cambodia in 2012 was an overwhelming success with students having the opportunity to produce 3 films over a 2-week period. This allowed students to experience filming in a different culture and environment.

The skills learnt in the course are of an international level, allowing you to seek employment in Australia and overseas.

You will be encouraged to enter your productions into local and international film festivals in order to gain exposure while studying and upon graduation.

RMIT’s Education Abroad Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements

There are no minimum requirements.



Selection tasks

Semester 1, 2015

All applicants must complete and submit the 2015 RMIT University Screen and Media (Film and Television Production) pre-selection kit by 26 September 2014 (or 7 November 2014 for late applicants).

Non-year 12 applicants only: Non-year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online that details any relevant work experience.

Interview: Some applicants will be required to attend an interview in order to obtain a better understanding of their background and their potential to succeed in the program.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to each program.

There are 2 tuition fee types:

  • Victorian Government subsidised places where your fee is shared between you and the Victorian Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria
  • full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost.

Fee assistance

As a vocational education (TAFE) student you may be eligible for the following:

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF).

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Graduates of the Diploma of Screen and Media can progress to the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Screen plan).

The completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (Media) may provide guaranteed pathways into this program (certain criteria must be met).

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

There is a Pre-selection kit associated with this program, see the Entry requirements section for further details.

Owning school

Media and Communication

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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School of Media and Communication
Building 94, Level 2
23 - 27 Cardigan Street, Carlton
Tel. +61 3 9925 4815
Fax: +61 3 9925 4362
Email: mcvet@rmit.edu.au

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