Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Certificate IV in Screen and Media - CUA41220

VOCATIONAL

Work in live broadcast and live streaming productions across all technical areas of directing, camera, audio, graphics and editing.

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Duration:
Full-time 1 year
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Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
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On campus
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Overview

The live broadcast and live streaming industries require skilled graduates with strong technical and production skills.

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Connect with industry

Gain practical experience and build real-world connections with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities with major industry organisations in the areas of virtual events, live news, sports and esports.

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Bring productions to life

Work with screenwriting, advertising and journalism students on exciting, industry-relevant projects, including drama productions, live news broadcasts, advertising panel programs, game shows, and special broadcasts that are streamed on Community Television C31.

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.

You will work on live broadcast and live streaming productions, across all technical areas of directing, camera, audio, graphics and editing. You’ll learn on Australia’s largest vMix live streaming facility, the RMIT Cloud Studio.

Our teaching staff includes world-class industry experts who work in broadcast production and live streaming, allowing students to gain industry-level skills and prepare for employment upon graduation. Close links with community television, such as C31, RMITV and SYN, gives you the opportunity to practise your skills and knowledge, and extend your experience while completing your qualification.

Through your studies you'll explore:

  • studio and location media production
  • live streaming for physical and virtual productions
  • multi-camera directing and vision mixing
  • on-location and studio camera operation
  • broadcast audio mixing
  • visual effects, colour grading and editing using Adobe Creative Suite.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Please note: this certificate is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa. If you are holding a temporary visa (other than a student visa) and your visa has a full study entitlement, you may be eligible to apply. For more information, see the international students with other temporary (non-student) visas.

Details

This course is taught via a combination of studio-based sessions, on-location shoots and post-production learning.

Throughout one year of intense learning, you will gain an understanding of and the ability to demonstrate the fundamental skills required to work in the broadcast and live streaming industries.

In the studio, you will be taught skills required to work on day-to-day broadcast productions including how to production manage shows, bump them in and out, and how to shoot for television using multiple cameras, audio equipment and other fundamentals of production. 

Outside of the studio, you will learn how to set up lighting and how to record sound on-location. These skills will prepare you to enter the broadcast and live streaming industries competent across a variety of productions and roles. You'll also learn post-production skills, and be able to edit vision and audio, as well as other required techniques such as colour grading and visual effects for broadcast productions.

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 live streaming in 4K
  • The RMIT Cloud Studio, a purpose-built vMix live streaming facility
  • Green screen studio spaces 
  • EVS, CCU and Xpression broadcast graphics
  • Sony and Ross vision mixers
  • Yamaha audio mixers
  • Industry-standard on location camera, lighting and audio equipment.

Productions you work on will be streamed live to the web 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.

You'll be encouraged to do part-time, casual, workplace experience or volunteer work in the media and broadcast 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.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this qualification and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

This certificate includes a suite of production-based classes clustered into three main disciplines: studio, location and post-production.

In the studio discipline, you will learn about producing and production management, stage management and coordination, how to implement lighting designs, and how to vision mix studio, virtual and remote productions.

In the location discipline, you will learn to shoot material for screen productions, how to implement lighting designs, and record sound on-location.

In the post-production discipline, you will learn how to edit vision and audio, create digital visual effects, and colour grade moving images. 

As well as the subjects you undertake in your discipline, you will take core subjects that will teach you how to apply work, health and safety practices, as well as how to develop and implement self-care plans and work effectively in creative industries, and more.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Certificate IV in Screen and Media
Program code: C4416
National curriculum code: CUA41220

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Certificate IV in Screen and Media
City Campus
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
C4416
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Plan code
C4416
CRICOS

Career

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:

  • Multi-camera Studio Director
  • vMix Operator or Technical Director
  • Studio Operator
  • Esports Director or Observer
  • Virtual or Hybrid Livestream Operator
  • MCR Operator
  • Production Coordinator
  • Production Assistant
  • Media Exchange Operator (news or sports)
  • Camera Operator or Assistant
  • Audio Operator or Assistant
  • EVS Operator (sports)
  • CCU Operator (sports)
  • Vision mixer
  • Director’s Assistant (studio)
  • Lighting Assistant
  • Editor (post-production).

Those interested in further study and specialisation can progress into the Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects), the Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation), or the Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

There are no minimum academic entry requirements for this program. Applicants must meet the minimum University Entry requirements for this program.

All applicants are required to attend an Interview.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

Interviews will be held by phone.

For VTAC Applicants - Interviews will be held in December for the VTAC Main Round. Advisory letters will be sent in late December.

For Direct applicants and subsequent VTAC rounds, interviews will be arranged as applications are received.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.

Successfully completion of the Certificate IV in Screen and Media guarantees entry into:

Successful completion of the Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects) guarantees entry into the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation & Design).

Successful completion of the Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation) guarantees entry into the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Directing).

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Fees

2022 fees

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.

  • 2022 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$1,150* per annum
  • 2022 government subsidised place (without concession): AU$5,750* per annum
  • 2022 full-fee place: AU$12,000* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Eligibility Exemption criteria

**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

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 2022 is $315.

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.

You may be entitled to apply for a fee concession or exemption if you are in a Victorian Government subsidised place and you meet the eligibility criteria.

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).

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

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$XX,XXX.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$XX,XXX.

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You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

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

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This program is not available to international students.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.