Associate Degree in Screen and Media Production
On productions there may be many takes to produce the right shot, but it only takes one program to give you the skills you need to build a career in screen and media content production.
This course will teach you valuable screen industry skills and knowledge in the key areas of concept development, storytelling, pre-production, production and post-production for single and multi-camera productions.
Throughout the program, there is a strong emphasis on industry knowledge, collaboration, team building, creative application and professionalism. We offer a broad range of classes and screenings, as well as computer lab, location and studio-based exercises and productions.
With access to a range of professional equipment and facilities, you are actively encouraged to develop and produce innovative screen content to industry standard.
Starting in first year, you will develop the skills needed to work as a screen and media producer. Through a highly practical study of production processes you'll apply theoretical knowledge and develop a range of technical skills to plan, develop and review your own work. You'll study the various stages of the production process including pre-production, production and post-production. You'll learn to use industry standard cameras and video editing software.
In the second and final year, you will further develop your professional knowledge and skills. You'll explore advanced editing techniques and the creative application of skills as you develop screen and media projects as part of a team.
Learning and teaching is delivered via a broad range of lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
Each semester your assessment will include examinations, essays, reports, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and production assignments.
All classes are delivered in English. You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You’ll be actively encouraged to engage in part-time, casual or volunteer work in a range of film and television industries to develop and apply your knowledge and skills and to acquire workplace experience.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Begin building the skills you'll need as a screen and media producer. Through a highly practical study of production processes you'll apply theoretical knowledge and develop a range of technical skills to plan, develop and review your own work. You'll study the various stages of the production process including pre-production, production and post-production. You'll learn to use industry standard cameras and video editing software.
Further develop professional knowledge and skills. You'll explore advanced editing techniques and the creative application of skills as you develop screen and media projects as part of a team.
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Program code: AD017
Once you graduate, you’ll be able to apply knowledge and skills across various genres and formats of screen-based media production, bringing flexibility, initiative and creative problem-solving to your work.
You'll thrive in a changing and challenging environment, with awareness of emerging production trends, practical skills in relevant technologies, experience of diverse and collaborative projects, and an ability to gather information on audience and market expectations and trends.
Graduates continue to enter the industry as highly motivated freelance professionals in a variety of production roles.
This program only has a mid-year intake.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.
RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options.
RMIT admits students from a range of educational pathways, including Year 12 results, previous higher education or vocational education study, work experience, and for some programs - interviews, auditions or portfolios.
Gain a better understanding of the Admission criteria for this program by viewing RMIT’s Admission information.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 60% average (check calculator below).
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post-secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.
Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent in 2016, 2017 or 2018. If applicable, this includes equity access schemes and any other adjustment factors.
School Network Access Program (SNAP)
The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary access and participation of eligible students from SNAP partner schools.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training study
Satisfactory completion of an Australian Certificate IV or above (or equivalent).
Applicants with Higher Education study
Satisfactory completion of at least two courses (subjects) at an Australian undergraduate level (or overseas equivalent).
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.
Prerequisites: VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL (or equivalent) or achieve an overall score of at least 150 in the STAT multiple choice.
If you completed Year 12 (or equivalent) more than 6 months before commencing proposed study you must include in your application a statement that includes:
- your reasons for wanting to study this program
- details of any related work or voluntary experience
If you do not submit a statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement (e.g. ATAR).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Indigenous Access Program will support your application into RMIT programs through an informal interview process with support from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Your relevant life, work, educational and training experience as preparation for study, in addition to any formal qualifications, are all considered.
Elite Athlete Program
The RMIT Elite Athlete Program (REAP) supports elite athlete and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.0 (with no individual band below 5.5)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 550 (TWE 4.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 60 (with minimum of 10 in Reading, 9 in Listening, 16 in Speaking and 19 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 50 (with no communication band less than 42)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 169 with no less than 162 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Graduates of the Associate Degree in Screen and Media Production may be eligible to apply for exemptions in the following programs
The completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (Media) may provide guaranteed pathways into this program (certain criteria must be met).
When you successfully complete the Associate Degree in Screen and Media Production with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, you will receive 3 semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 144 credit points) in the Bachelor of Communication (Media). If you achieve below the minimum GPA, you may still apply and will need to attend an interview. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and credit is not guaranteed.
Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT undergraduate programs.
2020 indicative fees
In 2020, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,684 to AU$11,155*.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available. In 2020, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,684 to AU$11,155.
In a CSP, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the Australian Government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of the courses in which you enrol, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2020
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2020
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
|$6,684 per standard year
$835 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,527 per standard year
$11,155 per standard year
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.
You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to the full amount of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living ;in Melbourne.