DurationFull-time 1 year
Next intakeFebruary, July
DurationFull-time 1 year
AU$22,750 (2022 annual)
Next intakeFebruary, July
Are you ready to take advantage of the huge opportunities for content creators and digital professionals? You can work in user experience design, art direction, animation and emerging fields of virtual and augmented reality.
The Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects) provides you with the skills you need to become a creative and capable digital professional.
As an industry-driven course, the Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects) is ideal for students who want to establish a professional animation, gaming and visual effects career in the film, television, online entertainment or gaming industry. You will undertake fundamental units in design, interactivity, 2D and 3D imaging and animation, and media production (video and audio). With a focus on creativity, design thinking and conceptual development, this course will give you an understanding of the fundamental design, technical and management skills required to work in these growing fields.
The ongoing assessments and weekly interactive skill learning and development were great for staying engaged with the course material. I learnt a lot more in this than I have in previous study because of the continuous practical engagement and less grading pressure. I wanted intense skills training and I learned so much in one year.
Stephanie Staub, Alumni
The Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects) will introduce you to concept development, interactive preproduction, production and post-production for a broad variety of screen and media outcomes.
You will work on individual and collaborative projects. Group projects are undertaken in state-of-the-art labs with a range of cutting-edge software, reflecting a professional studio production environment. You will be involved in the hands-on technical preparation, and the critical and creative development of projects, seeing them through from idea to outcome.
Throughout the year you will hear from industry speakers and graduates who will share their thoughts and experiences and provide students with valuable insights.
Your learning experience will involve:
- teacher guided instruction
- peer teaching and class presentations
- group discussion
- independent project-based work
- critiquing student projects
- guest lectures
- online activities
- project work
- independent investigation and study.
Areas of study in the Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects) include:
- Digital imaging and graphic design
- 2D and 3D animation design
- Motion design, compositing and visual effects
- Interactive and games design in theory and practice
- Video editing language in theory and practice
- Concept development and previsualisation
- Sound design
- Virtual reality
- Augmented reality.
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Program code: C5413
National curriculum code: CUA51020
This course exposes you to a broad range of screen and media technologies. Upon graduation you’ll occupy a variety of professional roles, across media production and design industries, utilising your creative and technical skills and interests.
You will graduate as a work-ready, digital media practitioner and may explore opportunities as a:
- graphic designer
- UX/UI designer
- app developer
- concept/storyboard artist
- 2D and 3D artist/animator
- game designer
- motion design artist
- production designer
- VFX/post-production artist.
Graduates of this diploma are guaranteed entry into the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation and Design), in which they will further develop their skills as a creative professional
There are no minimum academic entry requirements. Entry to this program is competitive and applicants will be ranked on their complete submission including academic achievement.
Applicants are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining:
- your reasons for wanting to study this program
- your intended career path
- the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
- details of any related work or voluntary experience.
If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only.
Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Screen and Media guarantees entry into the Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects).
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.
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)
- 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 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
This course offers pathway into further study at RMIT.
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 and helping you get the degree you want.
Successful completion of the Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects) guarantees entry into the the C6173 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation & Design).
Upon successful completion of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation & Design), you may be eligible for entry and credit into one of the following programs:
Credit and recognition of prior learning
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. Find out if you might be eligible.
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: AU$10,000* per annum
- 2022 full-fee place: AU$15,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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