CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects)

CRICOS Course Code 107571J

Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of those who work in a range of screen and media industries, including animation, gaming and digital effects, specialist make-up services, film and television, radio and podcasting, lighting and sound, and content creation 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 IELTS 6.0
  • Successful completion of Certificate IV in Screen and Media is recommended prior to starting this course.

Course Structure

Duration: Duration: 60 weeks tuition plus 18 weeks term breaks.

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Core Units
CUAIND412 Provide freelance services
CUAIND512 Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice


Elective Units
CUAANM302 Create 3D digital animations
CUAANM511 Create 3D digital character animations
CUADIG512 Design digital applications
CUADIG513 Design e-learning resources
CUADIG516 Design interactions
CUADIG515 Design information architecture
CUAANM512 Create 3D digital environments
CUAANM513 Design specifications for animation and digital visual effects
CUADIG511 Coordinate testing of interactive media products
ICTDBS507 Integrate databases with websites
BSBCMM411 Make presentations


After completing the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media, students may articulate into further study of the Advanced 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 aims to provide candidates with the skills and knowledge required to effectively perform the following job roles:

  • 3D modeller
  • 3D animator
  • Lead animator
  • Animation designer
  • Instructional designer
  • Interface designer
  • Special effects designer

Delivery and Assessments

This program (CUA51020 Diploma of 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