Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51015)

Course Overview

The Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51015) is an 18 months full-time course which trains the creative aspects and theoretical fundamentals of filmmaking, but primarily focuses on the technical and organisational skills that ensures success in the industry.

QSFT’s Diploma of Screen and Media course equips students with a thorough working knowledge of the film and television industry. Students will comprehensively learn about the technical, organisational, creative, and fundamental aspects of filmmaking in a highly supportive environment.

Students are required to roll up their sleeves and experience the practical reality of filmmaking, at the same time exploring the finer creative points of this exciting and challenging medium.

Our highly sought-after Diploma of Screen and Media program gives students a first-class working knowledge of the film and television industry, taught within a supportive learning environment.  Students will complete the course with qualified knowledge and skill to pursue employment within the areas of the creative industry.

Mid-year entry is available and students may elect to study individual subjects offered in the course without completing the entire Diploma.


  • Professional Study for Up-coming Filmmaker
  • 15 Units of Study
  • Full-time 18 Months Program
  • Hands-on Learning Experience
  • Elective units tailored towards technical (crew) training or talent training
  • Graduate with a Strong Portfolio
  • Evening Classes
  • Mid-year Entry Available
  • Payment Plan Available
  • Scholarship Program Available*
  • Part-time Study Options Available*

Career Opportunities

  • Directors of Photography
  • Camera Operators
  • Gaffers
  • Assistant Directors
  • Art Directors
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Editors
  • Editing Assistants
  • Sound Recordists
  • Post-Production
  • Assistants
  • Runners

Units of Study


Creative business essentials

TV commercial production

Onset techniques and safety

Elective units

Camera operation

Editing essentials

Sound production

Digital asset management

Story development


Directing essentials

Directing techniques

Camera assisting

Multicam operation


Cinematic lighting

Visual effects

Motion design

Colour grading

Advanced editing

Production Coordination

Presentation techniques

Music video production

Film production

Core units

CUAIND502 – Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge(Core)

BSBCRT501 – Originate and develop concepts (Core)

CUAPPR505 – Establish and maintain safe creative practice (Core)

Elective units

CUACAM401 – Shoot a wide range of screen content

CUAPOS401 – Edit screen content for fast turnaround

CUASOU410 – Record sound on location

CUASOU410 – Manage media assets

CUAWRT502 – Develop storylines and treatments

CUAWRT402 – Write extended stories

CUADRT501 – Direct rehearsals of performer

CUADRT502 – Direct performers for screen productions

CUACAM404 – Pull focus

CUACAM402 – Shoot screen content in a multi-camera environment

CUACAM601 – Direct cinematography for screen productions

CUALGT402 – Implement lighting designs

CUAANM402 – Creative digital visual effects

CUAANM403 – Create titles for screen productions

CUAPOS502 – Perform primary and secondary colour correction

CUAPOS501 – Edit complex screen production

CUAPPM411 – Compile production schedules

BSBCMM401 – Make a presentation

BSBCRT402 – Collaborate in a creative process

BSBPMG522 – Undertake project work

Specialised study pathway


The Queensland School of Film and Television offers a Scholarship for school-leavers applying for the Diploma of Screen and Media Program.


The scholarship is for full-time participation in the course()s and cannot be transferred or extended. If the student is unable to complete the program within the allocated time and wishes to complete the program past the full-time course period, the remaining subjects will be at the student’s own cost.


The Scholarship is not redeemable for cash or any other forms of credit.



To be eligible you need to:

  • Enrolled in Diploma of Screen and Media Program
  • Current Year High School Graduate
  • Be an Australian Citizen/resident
  • Provide Expression of Interest (up to 300 words)
  • Provide a Portfolio of Work
  • Undertaken media related subjects


Applications for the scholarship will only be accepted if you have met all the above criteria.


Application Process

QSFT will assess all applications against certain criteria. Selection Process will be based on:

  • Meeting eligibility requirements
  • Passion for film and television
  • Goals
  • Career objectives
  • Quality of Portfolio


Tuition Fees

Due to our flexible payment plans, Tuition fees are provided upon discussion with one of our QSFT staff.  Please register your interest to receive a copy of our Fee Schedule or contact (07) 3392 7788 or email info@qsft.qld.edu.au for more information.



Payment Plans

At QSFT we recognise that not all students have the financial resources to pay tuition fees upfront, therefore we offer an accommodating interest free payment plan or extended payment installment schedule via 3rd party financial provider.

For more details on our tailored payment plan options, contact the school via email info@qsft.qld.edu.au or call (07) 3392 7788 for further assistance.



Austudy/Youth Allowance

QSFT Students enrolled in 3 or 4 Areas of Study may be eligible for bus and train discounts.  Please contact Centrelink for further details about your social benefit eligibility.

Complete the Application Request Form. You will be redirected to the information download page after you submit the form.