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CUA31020

Certificate III in Screen and Media

Kick start your career in the media with this entry-level course that will prepare you for an assistant role behind the camera, or in community radio.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 6 months
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On campus TAFE at School
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$760
Subsidised
$760
Full Fee
$4,665 - $6,065
TAFE at School Full Fee
$2,775
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Course overview

Make a start on your career in the media with this entry-level course. This qualification will give you the foundation skills needed to work in a number of assistant roles in radio, film, sound, media, and web design. 

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as performing arts technicians — including camera operators, lighting technicians, and sound technicians — grew very strongly over the past five years. Stable future growth is expected in this occupational area with employers looking for workers who are reliable, work well in a team, and have a strong work ethic. 

Learn the practical skills and knowledge to create content for a range of media and visual design components, follow the design process, and develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills. Our highly experienced and passionate teaching team have years of industry experience and will give you the one-on-one guidance needed to prepare you for a career in media.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work in a variety of roles as either a community radio programmer or presenter, camera and lighting assistant, sound technician, media professional, or web designer. It will also give you the core skills needed to undertake further study in the field.

What can I do?

  • Camera and Lighting Assistant
  • Community Radio Programmer and Presenter
  • Sound Technician
  • Media Professional
  • Web Designer
  • 3D Modeller
  • 3D Animator
  • Assistant Video Editor
  • Storyboard Designer
  • Assistant Photographer
  • Web Design Assistant

Course outcome:

CUA31020 Certificate III in Screen and Media

Upgrade your qualification

Got a taste for something bigger? Use this course to pathway to higher qualifications in a number of streams in screen and media including film and television, animation and visual effects, or interactive media.

TAFE at School

Get a head start on your career while you're still at high school. Studying a certificate II or certificate III at school gets you a guaranteed spot in any diploma course at TAFE Queensland. It also counts toward your QCE, opens up pathways to university, and makes you job ready sooner.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 8 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBCRT311
    Apply critical thinking skills in a team environment
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBCRT311
    Unit description :
    This unit describes skills and knowledge required to apply critical thinking skills to generate solutions to workplace problems in a team environment.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply critical thinking skills in a team environment

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAIND311
    Work effectively in the creative arts industry
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAIND311
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in the creative arts industry. It applies to any field of the arts industry and is relevant to people in a wide range of occupations, for example, dancers, musicians, actors, cabaret performers, street performers, entertainment administrators, reviewers, film makers and public artists.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Work effectively in the creative arts industry

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAWHS312
    Apply work health and safety practices
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAWHS312
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply work health and safety (WHS) requirements, including implementing safe work practices, participating in risk assessment and control, and following emergency procedures in the creative industries.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply work health and safety practices

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Film and Television stream: Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $760
  • Subsidised: $760
  • Full fee: $6,065
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Multimedia stream: Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $760
  • Subsidised: $760
  • Full fee: $6,065
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
27 Jan 2023
6 months
Multimedia focus: Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Friday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $760
  • Subsidised: $760
  • Full fee: $4,665
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
10 months
FILM & TV FOCUS GROUP 1 Part time 1 day per week
Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $760
  • Subsidised: $760
  • Full fee: $4,665
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Film and Television stream: Part time 1 day per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,775
South Bank
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Film and Television stream: Part time 1 day per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,775
South Bank
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Multimedia stream: Part time 1 day per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,775
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Thursday
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,775
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Wednesday
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,775
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Film and Television stream: Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $760
  • Subsidised: $760
  • Full fee: $6,065
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Multimedia stream: Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $760
  • Subsidised: $760
  • Full fee: $6,065
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
27 Jan 2023
6 months
Multimedia focus: Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Friday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $760
  • Subsidised: $760
  • Full fee: $4,665
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
10 months
FILM & TV FOCUS GROUP 1 Part time 1 day per week
Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $760
  • Subsidised: $760
  • Full fee: $4,665
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Film and Television stream: Part time 1 day per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,775
South Bank
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Film and Television stream: Part time 1 day per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,775
South Bank
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Multimedia stream: Part time 1 day per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,775
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Thursday
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,775
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Wednesday
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,775

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Certificate III in Screen and Media (CUA31020)
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

You must have completed year 10 or equivalent.
Enrolment Conditions apply for students under 17 years of age.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You may be required to purchase a TAFE Queensland Crew Shirt for wearing on shoot. The purchase of this shirt will incur an additional cost of approximately $20. For Workplace, Health and Safety reasons, closed in shoes must be worn for indoor and outdoor shoots

You will also require access to personal stationery (notebook, pen, pencil), headphones and an external hard drive (500 GB minimum), which may also incur additional costs.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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