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CUA31020

Certificate III in Screen and Media

Kick start your career in screen and media with this entry-level course that will prepare you for an assistant role in film and television or animation.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On campus TAFE at School
NEXT INTAKE Start date: 08 Jul 2024 Duration: 6 months View all intakes
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$795
Subsidised
$795
Full Fee
$4,910 - $6,370
TAFE at School Full Fee
$2,915 - $3,040
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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

  • You’ll primarily learn face to face with a teacher in one of our learning spaces such as a classroom or simulated workplace environment. Some of your training may also take place via video or Zoom. Learn more

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  • You’ll primarily learn face to face with a teacher in one of our learning spaces such as a classroom or simulated workplace environment. Some of your training may also take place via video or Zoom. Learn more

  • demo View comparison chart
  • You'll learn face to face with a teacher in a classroom or simulated workplace environment. You may access learning materials through our online learning management system Connect. Learn more

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CAMPUS STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
On campus with some online
08 Jul 2024
6 months
Film and TV Production: Full time 3 days per week
  • Concession: $795
  • Subsidised: $795
  • Full fee: $6,370
demo

Mt Gravatt

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    20%
  • On Campus Time
    80%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

6 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Film and TV Production: Full time 3 days per week

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Concession: $795
  • Subsidised: $795
  • Full fee: $6,370
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

South Bank
On campus with some online
08 Jul 2024
6 months
Multimedia: Full time 3 days per week
  • Concession: $795
  • Subsidised: $795
  • Full fee: $6,370
demo

South Bank

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    20%
  • On Campus Time
    80%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

6 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Multimedia: Full time 3 days per week

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Concession: $795
  • Subsidised: $795
  • Full fee: $6,370
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

CAMPUS STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
On campus with some online
08 Jul 2024
6 months
Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Tuesday
  • Concession: $795
  • Subsidised: $795
  • Full fee: $4,910
demo

Coomera

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    20%
  • On Campus Time
    80%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

6 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Tuesday

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Concession: $795
  • Subsidised: $795
  • Full fee: $4,910
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

CAMPUS STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
On Campus
08 Jul 2024
6 months
Film and TV Production: Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Thursday
  • Concession: $795
  • Subsidised: $795
  • Full fee: $4,910
demo

Nambour

On Campus

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    0%
  • On Campus Time
    100%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

6 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Film and TV Production: Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Thursday

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Concession: $795
  • Subsidised: $795
  • Full fee: $4,910
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • You’ll primarily learn face to face with a teacher in one of our learning spaces such as a classroom or simulated workplace environment. Some of your training may also take place via video or Zoom. Learn more

  • demo View comparison chart
  • You'll learn face to face with a teacher in a classroom or simulated workplace environment. You may access learning materials through our online learning management system Connect. Learn more

  • demo View comparison chart
  • You'll learn face to face with a teacher in a classroom or simulated workplace environment. You may access learning materials through our online learning management system Connect. Learn more

  • demo View comparison chart
CAMPUS STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
On campus with some online
03 Feb 2025
4 terms
Film and TV Production: Part time 1 day per week
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,040
demo

Mt Gravatt

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    20%
  • On Campus Time
    80%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

03 Feb 2025

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

4 terms

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Film and TV Production: Part time 1 day per week

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,040
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

South Bank
On campus with some online
03 Feb 2025
4 terms
Film and TV Production: Part time 1 day per week
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,040
demo

South Bank

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    20%
  • On Campus Time
    80%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

03 Feb 2025

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

4 terms

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Film and TV Production: Part time 1 day per week

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,040
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

CAMPUS STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
On Campus
12 Jul 2024
4 terms
Film and TV Production: Part time 1 day per week
Friday
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,915
demo

Coomera

On Campus

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    0%
  • On Campus Time
    100%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

12 Jul 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

4 terms

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Film and TV Production: Part time 1 day per week
Friday

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,915
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

Coomera
On Campus
03 Feb 2025
4 terms
Multimedia: Part time 1 day per week
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,040
demo

Coomera

On Campus

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    0%
  • On Campus Time
    100%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

03 Feb 2025

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

4 terms

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Multimedia: Part time 1 day per week

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,040
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

CAMPUS STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
On Campus
27 Jan 2025
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Wednesday
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,040
demo

Nambour

On Campus

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    0%
  • On Campus Time
    100%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

27 Jan 2025

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

4 terms

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Part time 1 day per week
Wednesday

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,040
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

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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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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.

Depending on the campus you enrol into, 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
  • external hard drive (500 GB minimum)

These may incur additional costs.

Gold Coast
You will also require access to:

  • a Microsoft Windows 10 or 11 Operating System laptop or PC
    • Apple Mac, iPad are not compatible for this course
  • A portable Hard Drive preferably a 500 Gigabyte Solid State Drive (SSD)
    •  A USB only is not suitable.
  • Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Audition
  • Microsoft Office products: Word and PowerPoint.
  • You will be provided with a free student version of Autodesk 3ds max

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.

Learn more