Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation)

Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation) - CUA51020

VOCATIONAL

Gain production training in a practical, hands-on environment.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

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Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$24,000 (2023 total)

Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

RMIT is renowned as Australia's leader in screen, interactive and new media education.

We 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 diploma 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.

The Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation) 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. 

You will develop skills and knowledge in key areas such as concept development, storytelling 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 (Directing), which gives you the broad base necessary to move ahead in the screen, media, TV and film production industries. 

Graduates from this diploma will have the skills necessary to work in a variety of screen and media-based roles, ranging from cinematographers to scriptwriters.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Details

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and practical assignments. 

Learning is through a combination of classes and screenings as well as completing computer lab, on-location and studio-based practical exercises and productions to expand your practical experience. 

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

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 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 a relationship with Network Ten, where many of our graduates are currently employed, as well as connections with special events companies and a variety of production organisations.

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 suite 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 (Content Creation) before progressing to the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Directing).

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
  • editing
  • genre
  • networking
  • occupational health and safety (OHS)
  • production management
  • post-production
  • screenwriting
  • sound
  • visual effects.

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

Course structure

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

Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation)
Program code: C5412
National curriculum code: CUA51020

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation)
City Campus
1 year, full-time
C5412
107883D
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year, full-time
Plan code
C5412
CRICOS
107883D
Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation)
City Campus
1 year, full-time
C5412
107883D
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year, full-time
Plan code
C5412
CRICOS
107883D

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

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.

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.

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

This diploma provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as:

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

Admissions

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

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Screen and Media

OR

Complete and submit the Selection Task.

NOTE: Applicants who have completed the Certificate IV in Screen and Media are not required to complete the Selection Task.

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

Semester 1, 2023

You must complete and submit the Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation) selection task.

Entry into this program is competitive, and applications are assessed in the order that they are received until this date, if places are still available. For your best chance at admission into this program, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Selection task dates

Selection task dates for VTAC applicants

If you are applying via VTAC, you must complete and submit the selection task by the following dates:

VTAC applicants Register and submit the selection task by
Early round (Non year 12 only) 28 October 2022
Main round (All applicants) 2 December 2022
All subsequent rounds (if places are available) 16 December 2022
Selection task dates for direct applicants

If you are applying direct to RMIT, you must complete and submit your direct application. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application. Please see the Apply page for information on eligibility to apply direct.

Applicant type Register and submit the selection task by
Direct applicants 3 February 2023

The selection task requires:

  • An example of an 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).

AND

  • A storyboard exercise:

Create a three-frame story board evoking the word “consequence”. The storyboard should progressively tell a story with a beginning, middle and end, and be driven by your understanding of the word “consequence”. 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 need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) (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.

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Don’t meet the requirements?

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

Pre-selection kit: You are required to submit a completed pre-selection kit (PDF 145kb) along with your application.

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 (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
  • C1 Advanced: 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 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

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.

This course offers pathway options. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, a formal pathway might be your way in.

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.

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

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Directing), you may be eligible for entry and credit into one of the following programs:

You can gain entry to this diploma from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

You are guaranteed entry to the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Directing) when you successfully complete the Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation).

Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry to other RMIT vocational study or undergraduate programs.

Fees

2023 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.

  • 2023 government subsidised place: AU$11,250* per annum
  • 2023 full-fee place: AU$16,250* per annum

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

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

Additional expenses

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

  • 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

Defer your payment

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

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.

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

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.

VET Student Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, 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 VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.

Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL 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.

For more information see VET Student Loans or Study Assist.

VET Student Loan cap

If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan 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 by the due date once you exceed the cap.

It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date. 

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

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$24,000.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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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.