Certificate IV in Screen and Media - CUA41215

Swinburne University of Technology

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to design and produce digital art, animation and games; by engaging in real life animation challenges. Animation and Games Design are highly competitive industries, with jobs available all over the world, in areas such as: Concept Artist; 2D/3D Animator; Visual Effects Artist; and Motion Graphics Artist in Film/TV/Advertising and Games industries.

Course Fee:

Australian: $9,460


13 units: 3 core; 10 elective

Subjects you can Study:

Pull focus; Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions; Write content for a range of media; Direct television programs and segments; Design, apply and remove make-up; Coordinate sound recording operations on location; Record sound on location; Coordinate continuity; Report on financial activity; Edit texts; Lead team effectiveness; Conduct research; Author interactive media; Edit screen content for fast turnaround; Coordinate the logistics of special effects operations; Create 3D digital animations; Plan purchasing; Record sound; Migrate to new technology; Style hair for performances or productions; Create user interfaces; Install camera supports; Incorporate and edit digital video; Generate design solutions; Perform basic vision and sound editing; Review and maintain a website; Design user interfaces; Develop and refine illustrative work; Carry out television transmission operations; Work effectively with diversity; Edit dialogue; Manage media assets; Perform basic sound editing; Create storyboards; Organise and facilitate rehearsals; Undertake the roles and responsibilities of committee or board members; Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices; Write content for web pages; Undertake small business planning; Make a presentation; Coordinate production operations; Install and test lighting equipment; Develop and extend design skills and practice; Produce programs and program segments; Conduct interviews; Write narration and material for current affairs, features and documentaries; Collaborate in a creative process; Select and apply hair extensions; Design and apply make-up for photography; Install or upgrade broadcast equipment and facilities; Create 2D digital animations; Interpret and respond to a design brief; Apply project procurement procedures; Investigate micro business opportunities; Provide work skill instruction; Apply work health and safety practices; Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements; Communicate with the community; Install and disassemble audio equipment; Operate basic lighting; Compile production schedules; Write extended stories; Shoot a wide range of screen content; Licence to perform dogging; Create special effects items; Develop techniques for presenting to camera; Prepare audio assets; Restore audio tracks; Develop techniques for presenting information on air; Provide freelance services; Licence to perform rigging advanced level; Floor manage studio shoots; Identify risk and apply risk management processes; Plan small business finances; Maintain and protect cultural values in the organisation; Install and operate follow spots; Use and respect copyright; Research and apply graphic design techniques; Manage first aid services and resources; Create 3D digital models; Schedule radio playlists; Provide advanced first aid; Licence to perform rigging intermediate level; Ensure quality of broadcast output; Analyse soundtracks; Organise meetings; Compile and replay audio material; Develop and use complex spreadsheets; Manage personal, family, cultural and business obligations; Create digital visual effects; Vision mix television productions; Compile audio material for broadcast; Maintain broadcast equipment and facilities; Create visual design components; Licence to perform rigging basic level; Lead effective workplace relationships; Monitor and manage small business operations; Articulate, present and debate ideas; Make wigs and hairpieces; Maintain make-up and hair continuity; Undertake project work; Analyse and present research information; Maintain financial records; Provide first aid; Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills; Conduct e-marketing communications; Apply scripting language in authoring; Explore the history and social impact of creativity; Coordinate outside broadcasts; Produce and prepare photo images; Write simple stories; Work effectively in a business continuity context; Review and apply the constitution; Coordinate film and media production services and resources; Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols; Create titles for screen productions; Work safely in the construction industry; Prepare video assets; Develop and implement sound plans; Present a wide range of material on air; Shoot screen content in a multi-camera environment; Extend expertise in specialist creative fields; Create advanced 3D digital models; Plan and prepare program content; Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement; Shoot material for screen productions; Develop teams and individuals; Organise production locations; Establish networks; Operate floor electrics; Write complex documents; Produce drawings to communicate ideas; Edit sound; Perform primary and secondary colour correction; Implement lighting designs

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00111D

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Hawthorn No info No

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