CUA41220 Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Animation and Visual Effects)

CRICOS Course Code 107570K

Course Overview


This qualification reflects the role of those who work in a range of screen and media industries, including animation and visual effects, specialist make-up services, film and television, radio and podcasting, lighting and sound, content creation and technical broadcasting environments.

Entry Requirements

  • Be 18 years old or over.
  • Students who intend to enrol in this course must prove their satisfactory completion of Australian Year 12 or international equivalent, or a minimum 2 years industry experience in related fields.
  • Students must have good communication skills. Candidates whose English is not their first language are required to prove their English language skills which is equivalent to an upper intermediate level (IELTS 5.5)

Course Structure

Duration: 60 weeks tuition plus 18 weeks term breaks.

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Core Units
BSBPEF402 Develop personal work priorities
CUAIND311 Work effectively in the creative arts industry
CUAMWB401 Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries
CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices


Elective Units
CUADIG413 Create user interfaces
CUADIG414 Write and apply scripting language in authoring
CUAPPM417 Create storyboards
CUAANM412 Create digital visual effects
CUAANM301 Create 2D digital animations
ICTDMT405 Produce interactive animations
CUADIG304 Create visual design components
ICTWEB442 Produce interactive web animation
CUADES412 Interpret and respond to a design brief


After completing the CUA41220 Certificate IV in Screen and Media, students may articulate into further study of the Diploma of Screen and Media offered by any RTO or may have opportunities to continue study in bachelor degree program by Australian Universities.

Job Outcome

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use broad range of specialised skills and a developed knowledge base in a wide variety of contexts in the screen, media, broadcasting, and entertainment industries to solve a range of unpredictable problems and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. The qualification aims to provide candidates with the skills and knowledge required to effectively perform the following job roles:

  • Animator
  • Digital producer
  • Communications technologist
  • Digital artist
  • Writer (multi-media)

Delivery and Assessments

This program (CUA41220 Certificate IV in Screen and Media) is delivered in a classroom-based environment with face to face delivery. The mode of training is highly practical with a combination of practical projects and tasks with a simulated workplace, tutorials and group activities.

Type of Assessments

  • Direct Observation
    Observation of practical tasks by trainer. May be a single task or job role or a number of small, non-related tasks
  • Written Questions
    Written questions that require answers of varying lengths, often short answers. Frequently used to assess theory.
  • Project / Report/Plan
    A large, related task, usually with a number of parts or stages, mostly based on the workplace, or a simulated workplace situation. It may include practical tasks, case studies, and role plays, or research tasks.
  • Role Play / Presentation
    An activity or interaction between people based around a simulated workplace situation. The presentation may be an oral presentation about a particular topic, or delivery of a training session.
  • Reflection/Self-evaluation/Review
    Requires the student to reflect on their activities and to describe their performance of tasks relating to specified criteria and how these were performed. These responses require authentication by workplace supervisor.
  • Scenario/Case study
    A given scenario, usually based around a workplace, with various issues or problems, and a number of questions or short tasks based on the scenario.
  • Third Party Report/ Feedback
    The third-party report provides feedback on the student’s performance against a set criteria assessment task is conducted by the assessor engaging
  • Portfolio
    A portfolio is a collection of documents completed by the student, often from the workplace