Diploma of Screen and Media - CUA51015
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 course 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.
This course 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, 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. Also a one year course, the Advanced Diploma gives you the broad base necessary to move ahead in the art, design, screen and media industries.
Graduates from this course 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
Advanced Diploma - 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 course 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, storytelling, pre-production, production and post-production.
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.
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 course provides you 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.
This program is not available at mid year.
Semester 1, 2021
Selection task details and submission dates will be available on 2 August 2020.
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.
Successful completion of the Diploma of Screen and Media guarantees entry into the Screen plan of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. 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.
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Screen plan) can continue their studies in the:
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.
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$10,250* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$17,250* 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$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- 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 criteria waver
**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.
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 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.
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.