C5413 - Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects)

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Plan: C5413 - Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects)
Qualification national code: CUA51020
Nominal hours: 935
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 Year - Full Time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Creative Industries (515T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
CRICOS code: 107883D

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Purpose of the Program

The Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming, and Visual Effects) program design is industry-driven and includes industry-standard software and production protocols. Graduates will be multi-skilled digital professionals, with expansive career possibilities spanning from user experience design to art direction, animation and emerging fields of virtual reality and augmented reality.

The program provides you with the broad base of skills necessary to develop a career within screen and media, specialising in the animation, gaming and visual effects industries. You will develop a broad range of software skills with a focus on creativity and conceptual development.  The program is designed to prepare you for transition into employment in the interactive/screen content production industries as work ready individuals, and/or further education.

Areas of study in the Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects) include:

  • Digital imaging and graphic design
  • 2D and 3D animation design
  • Motion design, compositing and visual effects
  • Interactive and games design theory and practice
  • Video editing language, theory and practice
  • Concept development and previsualisation
  • Sound design, virtual reality and augmented reality

This program will build skills and knowledge in the key areas of concept development, interactive pre-production, production and post-production for a broad variety of screen and media media outcomes.  You will be involved in both the hands-on technical preparation and the critical and creative development of their ideas and outcomes. The software you will be exposed to ensures knowledge of the latest digital technologies whilst their learning will involve a broad range of experiences and teaching modes.

Upon successful completion of this program you will be prepared to adapt to varied interactive and digital media industry environments and opportunities available locally and overseas.  Additionally, students will be eligible to undertake further studies in the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation & Design).

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of the following programs guarantees entry into C5413 Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects):

  • C4416 Certificate IV in Screen and Media
  • C4422 Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Further Studies:

Successful completion of C5413 Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects) guarantees entry into C6173 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Content Creation & Design).

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Entrance requirements

There are no minimum academic entry requirements. Entry to this program is competitive and applicants will be ranked on their complete submission including academic achievement. 

 Applicants are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining: 

  • your reasons for wanting to study this program 
  • your intended career path 
  • the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program 
  • details of any related work or voluntary experience 

 If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only. 

Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Screen and Media guarantees entry into the Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects).

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in Screen and Media. However, this program is strongly supported by representatives from key industry areas. Course content and assessment is informed by industry through the Industry Advisory Committee. The teachers in the program are all practitioners with current knowledge of trends and work practices. The industry experience you gain through your study will help you to establish industry links, in a range of areas across the interactive media industry.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled at RMIT University you can use all the services provided by the Library. These include study spaces, books, journals and course-related materials such as DVDs, past exams, and newspapers. You can also request items from any library in the world through our document delivery service.

RMIT Library staff can show you how to find the information you need for your assignments and how to make the most of the library resources. You can speak to a librarian, work through web-based tutorials or use our online “Ask a Librarian” service. 

All students have unlimited access to our specialist electronic resources. These include e-books, e-journals and newspapers to make it easier for you to get the information you need, when you need it.  Our collections are continually updated to ensure the currency and accuracy of the resources you use.

Computers are available at every Library site. You can access the Internet, myRMIT and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

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Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides resources and opportunities to help you to achieve your study and career goals.
Services are available face to face and online for:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance - if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information from Student Support.

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