Certificate IV in Screen and Media - CUA41215
DurationFull-time 1 year
Next intakeNot applicable
Connect with industry
Gain practical experience and build real-world connections with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities with major industry organisations, like NEP, ABC News, ABC/RMIT Fact Check, Chanel 9 News, JAMTV, and more.
Throughout your course, you'll work with screenwriting and journalism students to collaborate on exciting, industry-relevant projects, including drama productions, live news, produce a gameshow, and special broadcasts that are streamed on community television C31.
Work in film and TV, studio and camera operation, graphics and editing.
The television industry requires skilled graduates with strong technical and production skills. The Certificate IV in Screen and Media is where industry professionals look to fill that demand. This one-year, intensely practical course will prepare you to enter the industry with the experience you need to succeed.
Our teaching staff includes world-class industry experts who work in broadcast production, allowing students to gain industry-level skills and prepare for employment upon graduation. Close links with community television, such as RMITV, gives you the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experience while completing your qualification.
Through your studies you'll explore:
- audio and video production
- vision mixing systems and equipment
- studio & location television production
- computer graphics and editing
- studio and location camera operation.
This certificate course also offers further study opportunities for students interested in advancing their skills through to diploma, advanced diploma and associate degree level.
This course is taught via a combination of studio-based sessions, on-location filming and post-production learning.
Throughout one year of intense learning, you will gain an understanding of and ability the fundamental skills required to work in the television industry.
In the studio, you will be taught skills required to work on day-to-day television productions including how to bump in and bump out, how to shoot for television using multiple cameras and other fundamentals of production. You will learn how to install lighting and how to record sound efficiently on location shoots out of the studio. These skills will prepare you to enter the television industry competent to work across a variety of productions and roles. You'll also learn post-production skills in editing, and be able to edit vision and audio, as well as other required techniques and visual effects used in television production.
These classes are supported by core units which will help further develop a comprehensive understanding of how to work individually and as part of a team in the screen and media industry.
Some of your classes will be taught in RMIT’s media precinct, which embraces cutting edge technology. You'll learn on industry-grade equipment, including:
- 4 x broadcast studios for television and livestreaming in 4K
- a purpose-built green screen studio space with EVS facilities
- Sony and Ross vision mixers
- Yamaha audio mixers
- Ross Xpression graphics
- industry-standard camera, lighting and audio equipment.
Productions you work on will be streamed live-to-the-web (giving a global audience) and some collaborative productions will be broadcast on free-to-air television via Melbourne Community TV Channel 31.
All academic staff are professionally qualified teachers with substantial industry experience. You will be challenged to refine and practise your skills through industry projects.
All courses are delivered in English. You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You'll be encouraged to do part-time, casual, workplace experience or volunteer work in the media and television industries. This will help you to further develop your skills and apply your knowledge.
You’ll also have access to industry-based guest lecturers and have the opportunity to network throughout your studies, increasing your employment opportunities upon graduation.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This program includes a suite of production-based classes clustered into 3 main disciplines - Studio, Location and Post-production - where you'll learn:
- bump in bump out productions
- shoot television in a multi camera environment
- vision-mix television productions
- realise productions.
- shoot a range of television material
- implement lighting designs
- record sound on location.
- edit vision and audio
- create digital visual effects
- colour grade moving images.
These classes are supported by core units such as occupational health and safety, critical thinking and working in the screen and media industry.
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Program code: C4374
National curriculum code: CUA41215
The screen and media environment is constantly evolving. These changes are reflected in our up-to-date course content, ensuring graduates are equipped with the skills needed to work in industry. Advancements in technology have increased the size of the industry, from TV to online, resulting in the creation of new job roles.
Graduate positions and titles vary across sectors. Possible job titles include:
- assistant director
- camera assistant or operator
- lighting assistant or designer
- production assistant or coordinator
- studio operator
- sound editor
- technical assistant
- video split editor
- vision editor.
RMIT offers a range of careers resources to help improve your employment prospects after graduation.
Begin building your professional network through student and professional associations, including RMITV, the Australian Screen Association, and Film Victoria. You can also take advantage of the RMIT Mentoring program, where you’ll be matched with an industry professional for guidance and advice.
Those interested in further study and specialisation can progress into the Diploma of Screen and Media, or the Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services.
You must attend an interview.
All applications must be submitted by the dates noted below for each VTAC round:
- Early round (Non year 12 only): 30 September 2019
- Main round (All applicants): 29 November 2019
- All subsequent rounds (if places are available): 7 February 2020
Direct applicants, including RMIT current or recent students, please submit your application by 7 February 2020. Please note applications will be assessed until this date unless places are filled prior.
Interviews will be held in October (VTAC Early round) and November/December (VTAC main round). For all subsequent rounds and direct applicants, interviews will be arranged after you have submitted your application.
Overseas or interstate applicants unable to attend must email firstname.lastname@example.org for arrangements.
Advisory letters will be sent in late October (Early round) and late December (Main round).
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$1,000* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$5,000 per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$14,500* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
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- 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
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**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
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.
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- 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.
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