Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51020)

Course Overview

The Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51020) is an 18-month full-time course that trains the creative aspects and theoretical fundamentals of filmmaking, but primarily focuses on the technical and organisational skills that ensure 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 creative talent, technical crew or post-production 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


Onset Techniques & Safety

Business Essentials for the Creative Industry

Content Development

Provide Creative Services

Elective units

Information Technology for Production

Camera Operations

Editing Essentials

Sound Production

Production Co-ordination

Story Development

Screenplay by Genre

Multi-cam Operations

Visual Effects

Advanced Editing

Digital Content Creation

Production Management

Casting and Rehearsals

Directing Techniques


Cinematic Lighting

Colour Grading

Motion Design

Core units

CUAPPR515Establish and maintain safe creative practice (Core)

CUAIND512  – Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge (Core)

CUAPPR411Realise a creative project (Core)

CUAIND412  – Provide freelance services (Core)

Elective units

CUAPOS412Manage media assets

CUACAM411Shoot different screen content

CUAPOS411Edit digital content for fast turnaround

CUASOU410Record sound on location

CUAPPM416Coordinate media production services and resources

CUAWRT512Develop storylines and treatments

CUAWRT402Write extended stories

CUACAM412Shoot screen content in a multi-camera environment

CUAANM412Create digital visual effects

CUAPOS511Edit complex media productions

CUADIG518  – Refine digital art techniques

BSBPMG430Undertake project work

CUADRT511  – Direct rehearsals of performers

CUADRT512  – Direct performers for screen productions

CUACAM611  – Direct cinematography for screen productions

CUALGT412   – Implement lighting designs

CUAPOS512  – Perform primary and secondary colour correction

CUAANM413  – Create titles for screen productions

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.