Diploma of Screen and Media
This program provides you with skills-based training in a practical, hands-on environment.
You will start your journey in the Diploma and upon successful completion continue into the Advanced Diploma.
In the one year Diploma you will develop skills and knowledge in key areas such as concept development, story telling and all aspects of production. You will learn the importance of industry knowledge, collaboration, team building and professionalism.
On completion of the first year, you will transition to the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. Also a one year program, the Advanced Diploma gives you the broad base necessary to move ahead in the art, design, screen and media industries.
RMIT is renowned as Australia's leader in screen, interactive and new media education. We'll provide you with a creative and supportive environment of artistic and intellectual investigation with great opportunities to forge industry connections.
With a focus on all aspects of screen and media production - not just standing behind the camera - one of the key features of this program is that in each semester you will write, produce, direct and edit screen content. This will help you to develop a strong skill set on work or further study upon graduation.
Graduates from this program will acquire the skills necessary to work in a variety of screen and media based roles, ranging from cinematographers to scriptwriters.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and practical assignments. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Learning is through a combination of classes and screenings as well as completing computer lab, location and studio-based practical 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 required to work in both a group and collaborative environment, you will be individually assessed for each of your screen productions.
You’ll be taught by industry experts and professional educators. You will attend field trips to further your practical experience, and have the opportunity to participate in a newly developed study tour to Cambodia for students interested in overseas production projects.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
The newly developed study tour to Cambodia have been an overwhelming success with students and will continue as an ongoing international study opportunity. Students will have the chance to shoot 1-3 screen-based stories of human, cultural or social interest about the Cambodian condition, which will directly contribute to each student’s assessment.
The skills taught in the course are global in outlook, allowing you to seek employment in Australia and overseas.
You will be encouraged to enter your productions into local and international film and media festivals in order to gain exposure while studying and upon graduation.
RMIT’s Global Experience Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Diploma: 1 year full –time.
Advanced Diploma: 1 year full-time.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Diploma - 1 year full-time
1 year full-time
Please note: You will be admitted to the Diploma level of the training package and upon successful completion you can apply to study the next qualification, the Advanced Diploma.
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
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 plan).
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:
- occupational health and safety (OHS)
- production management
- visual effects.
The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Screen) will develop the essential skills and knowledge you'll require for key areas such as:
- concept development
Throughout your studies, we'll emphasise the importance of industry knowledge, collaboration, team building and professionalism.
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Program code: C5350
National curriculum code: CUA51015
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.
Screen content is in demand due to the growth in digital television and online content delivery, which has seen the rise of new job roles and opportunities within the industry. Industry professionals regularly turn to RMIT students and graduates to fill roles in all aspects of screen and media production.
This program aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as:
- camera assistants
- special effects specialists, designers, operators
- content producers
- assistant directors
- production assistants
- TV graphics designers
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 50% 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.
- complete and submit the Screen and Media pre-selection kit.
- VTAC applicants must register and submit the selection kit here.
- All kits must be submitted by the dates noted below for each VTAC round:
- Early round (Non year 12 only): 27 September 2018
- Main round (All applicants): 30 November 2018
- All subsequent rounds (if places are available): 7 February 2019
- All kits must be submitted by the dates noted below for each VTAC round:
- RMIT current or recent students please click the apply button to submit your direct application. The link to submit your pre-selection kit will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.
- All kits must be submitted by 13 February 2019*
- *Kits will be assessed in the order they are received until this date unless places are filled prior.
- attend an interview (some applicants).
- if further information is needed to make a selection decision, you will be invited via email to attend an interview.
- 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.
- Some applicants will be selected based on their pre-selection kit and will not be required to attend an interview. These applicants will receive an advisory email by mid December. Advisory letters will be sent in late October (Early round) and late December (Main round).
The information kit requires:
- an example of some activity you have undertaken that has depended upon a group of people working in a team. Examples may include team sports, work, a committee membership or participation in activities undertaken in a hobby or special interest group or other (maximum 150 words)
- a description of any task or project you have carried out yourself without being directly supervised by a teacher, employer, family member or mentor (maximum 150 words)
- a description of a verbal presentation you have given (on any topic) explaining how you prepared and what support material you used (maximum 150 words)
- a statement outlining what film or video production hardware and software you have used and why you used that particular hardware and software (maximum 150 words)
- a storybord exercise. Create a three-frame story board evoking the word “signal”. The storyboard should progressively tell a story with a beginning, middle and end, and be driven by your understanding of the word “signal”. It should also be easily understood by an audience. Imagine each frame as a scene in a film and think along the lines of narrative progression. There is to be no dialogue or captioning included in this exercise – it is purely visual narrative. This is not a test of your drawing skills, stick figures are fine.
- You may be interviewed to obtain a better understanding of your background and your potential to succeed in the program.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 530 (TWE 3.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 71 (with minimum of 17 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 162 with no less than 154 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 Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Graduates of the Diploma of Screen and Media can progress to the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Screen plan). The Advanced Diploma is offered as an additional year of full-time study.
You may be eligible to begin your studies at the Advanced Diploma level if you already hold a Diploma of Screen and Media or have the relevant knowledge and skills. You must still apply for the Diploma, and will be assessed for entry into the Advanced Diploma.
When you successfully complete the Diploma of Screen and Media, you are guaranteed entry into the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media – Screen stream.
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’.
- 2019 government subsidised place: AU$10,000* per annum
- 2019 full-fee place: AU$10,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
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. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme (VSL), which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VSL application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
If your program is eligible for the VSL scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference once you exceed the cap.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt. You will start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (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 2019 is $303.
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.