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CUA51020 | 107862J

Diploma of Screen and Media - Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects

Activate your career in screen and media with this diploma qualification. Learn the specialist skills needed to be a game designer or game developer. This course is ideal for creative people seeking employment in the film, television, games industry, and screen and media industries.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 1 year
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Sunshine Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On campus International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$10,965
Subsidised
$12,195
Full Fee
$16,365
International
$17,000
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Course overview

In this course you will gain a diverse range of skills in technical and theoretical Game Development. Expand on your creative talents through practical exercises in Game Design, 3D Modelling, Programming, and Game Art, all while working in a collaborative, and simulated studio environment. You will have access to industry standard equipment and the opportunity to develop close industry contacts through our leading educators.

 

Completion of this course will award you the skills you need to work individually or collaboratively as a game developer, game designer, programmer, or Game Artist within the creative industries environment. Successful completion also provides great articulation opportunities into higher education courses.

What can I do?

  • Game Designer
  • 3D Game Animator
  • 3D Game Modeller
  • Game Concept Artist
  • Game Texture Artist
  • UI Designer
  • Game Developer
  • Junior Programmer

Course outcome:

CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media - Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects

Choose your specialisation

This course offers four industry specialisations for you to choose from: directing, post-production, production management, and animation, gaming and visual effects. Choose the specialisation that suits your interests and career goals.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 11 elective units from the list below. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAIND412
    Provide freelance services
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAIND412
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work as an independent operator within the creative arts industry. This includes promoting self to potential clients, negotiating work arrangements, managing financial and business aspects of services, and undertaking strategic planning.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide freelance services

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAIND512
    Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAIND512
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain creative arts industry knowledge and monitor and manage own professional practice. This includes applying industry knowledge to research-based work activities, when interacting with others, and when engaging in professional practice in the music industry.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPPR411
    Realise a creative project
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPPR411
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to experiment with ideas and techniques to find an individual style or voice throughout a creative project that results in a completed work.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Realise a creative project

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPPR515
    Establish and maintain safe creative practice
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPPR515
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine and respond effectively to broad and specific safety requirements in a professional practice.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $10,965
  • Subsidised: $12,195
  • Full fee: $16,365
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Tuesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $10,965
  • Subsidised: $12,195
  • Full fee: $16,365
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $17,000
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $17,000
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $17,000
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $10,965
  • Subsidised: $12,195
  • Full fee: $16,365
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Tuesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $10,965
  • Subsidised: $12,195
  • Full fee: $16,365
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $17,000
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $17,000
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $17,000

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Diploma of Screen and Media - Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects

COURSE CODE: CUA51020
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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VET Student Loan - $16,788 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Convera Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Convera and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to domestic students:

It is recommended that you meet one of the following requirements:

  • successful completion of at least Year 12, Certificate IV or equivalent; 
  • non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion.

You must also:

  • have sound literacy and numeracy skills; and
  • sound computer skills.

International students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to international students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - view a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International.
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. View more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.

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.

It is also recommended that you:

  • have access to a computer capable of running Adobe Creative Suite software. This software can be purchased after enrolment to access a student discount price; 
  • have access to a computer capable of running Substance Painter, Autodesk 3D Studio Max and Maya, and Unity. All of these pieces of software are free with a student account, after creating a free account with the software providers; and 
  • have a suitable portable storage device (e.g. USB Flash Drive or portable HDD/SSD), and the ability to backup to the cloud.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

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. 

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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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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