CUA60615 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Course summary

This course is delivered by UOW College (CRICOS: 02723D; RTO: 91159). UOW College is a registered business name of UOWC Ltd (ABN: 14 105 312 329).

It’s an exciting time to be in the entertainment industry! With technological advancements allowing artists to push creative boundaries, the bar for high-quality films and games continues to rise year on year. Even the global pandemic has shown the resiliency of the industry, with video game sales booming and production companies turning to innovative new solutions such as virtual production, which will change the way film and TV shows will be made moving forward.

The Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media (CUA60615) will build on the foundational CG industry skills learnt in the Diploma of Screen & Media (CUA51015).

Students in the Advanced Diploma will choose from one of four streams of specialisation to learn more advanced techniques:

  1. 3D Animation
  2. 3D Modelling
  3. FX and Simulation
  4. Compositing

While studying the Advanced Diploma, students will have further opportunity to build a more diverse portfolio with additional pieces of work focusing on their chosen specialty to showcase to prospective employers.

Students who complete the Advanced Diploma will be able to pursue future employment as a specialist on high-quality productions and have a broader range of opportunities to choose from.

Delivery

Online facilitated learning. In order to participate in this course, students are required to have access to a laptop/computer with camera and internet connection.

Included course materials

  • Expert-created video tutorials
  • Example and supplemental project files

How to Apply

There is no application fee and you can save your application at any point and come back and complete it later.

In Step 3 of your application, ensure you choose the following options:

  • Mode of Delivery: Distance
  • Commencement Year: 2021
  • Campus: UOW College Wollongong
  • Course : Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media : 3157


Stream: 3D Animation

From films and video games to TV shows and advertisements, animation is everywhere. As animators continue to delight and engage audiences by blurring the lines between the real and the unreal, and technology enables them to render faster than ever before, the medium is evolving quickly offering infinite possibilities for creativity and storytelling.

The universal appeal of animation assures its longevity as a career option, and as film and game studios work non-stop to meet audience demand, it’s clear the need for highly skilled film and game animators is greater than ever.

The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media CUA60615 with a focus on 3D animation will teach students the fundamental skills used by film and game studios to create a folio of 3D animation shots, both physical and theatrical, catered directly for a role in the 3D animation industry.

The course will cover topics such as 3D theory and pipeline processes, acting theory and techniques, and the process of bringing appealing and realistic physiology to animated work.

By studying this course, students will become proficient in industry programs such as Autodesk Maya with the ability to translate these skills to alternate 3D software. Upon completion of the Advanced Diploma, students will have developed a strong portfolio they can use to showcase their work and contribute towards them pursuing a fulfilling career as a professional animator for both film and games.

On successful completion of this qualification, students will:

  • Know how to develop compelling and realistic animated shots
  • Feel confident using industry software Autodesk Maya
  • Be able to polish and present their work to a professional level
  • Manage deadlines and complete projects to an industry standard
  • Learn how to work with a client brief
  • Use their accumulated knowledge and skills to expand their learning post graduation
  • Have original pieces of work for their portfolio to showcase their skills

  • Stream: 3D Modelling

    From characters and creatures to props and complex environments, 3D modellers build believable 3D worlds and assets for film and video game production, giving audiences an engaging and immersive experience.

    When it is not possible or practical to film a scene in real life, actors are recorded against a green screen and have their surroundings replaced by computer-generated environments and assets built by 3D artists. In video games, these virtual environments and props have an additional layer of complexity: They must function and react according to the laws of physics and within the rules of the game universe (e.g. characters cannot walk through walls, objects should react to gravity). Therefore, 3D modellers must be both creative and technical, with a keen eye for detail and unbridled imagination.

    The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media CUA60615 with a focus on 3D modelling will teach the fundamental skills used by film and game studios to create a folio of strong and versatile 3D modelling work using industry-standard software.

    The course will cover topics such as 3D theory and pipeline processes, effective polygonal modelling techniques, high end texturing and shader creation, and shader baking, retopology and other highly sought after skills.

    By studying this course, students will become proficient in industry software such as Autodesk Maya, Pixologic Zbrush and Houdini FX, with the ability to translate these skills to alternate 3D software.

    Upon completion of the Advanced Diploma students will have developed a strong portfolio to showcase their work. This will contribute towards them pursuing a fulfilling career as a professional 3D modeller for film, games, or design.

    On successful completion of this qualification, students will:

  • Know how to model and texture 3D assets and environments
  • Feel confident using industry software Maya, Zbrush and Houdini FX
  • Be able to polish and present their work to a professional level
  • Manage deadlines and complete projects to an industry standard
  • Learn how to work with a client brief
  • Use their accumulated knowledge and skills to expand their learning post graduation
  • Have original pieces of work for their portfolio to showcase their skills

  • Stream: FX and Simulation

    FX artists add suspense, excitement and realism to films and TV shows by creating computer-generated images (CGI) to add to live-action footage during the post production process. These effects could vary in scope from creating an entire alternate universe, to massive explosions and natural disasters, to more subtle “invisible FX” like smoke and dust.

    The CUA60615 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media with a focus on FX & Simulation will teach the fundamental skills used by film and game studios to create some of the biggest and most impressive visual effects.

    The course will cover topics such as 3D theory and pipeline processes, simulation theory and techniques, and the procedural techniques of creating a library of functional VFX for film and games.

    By studying this course, students will become proficient in industry programs such as Houdini FX and Autodesk Maya. Upon completion of the Advanced Diploma students will have developed a strong portfolio to showcase their work and contribute towards them pursuing a fulfilling career as an FX & simulation technical artist or director.

    On successful completion of this qualification, students will:

  • Know how to create believable FX and simulations
  • Feel confident using industry software Houdini FX
  • Be able to polish and present their work to a professional level
  • Manage deadlines and complete projects to an industry standard
  • Learn how to work with a client brief
  • Use their accumulated knowledge and skills to expand their learning post graduation
  • Have original pieces of work for their portfolio to showcase their skills

  • Stream: Compositing

    Compositors are the secret weapons of the entertainment industry, seamlessly integrating digital assets with live-action footage to bring together the final shots of a film or game.

    They’re just as skilled at integrating huge VFX shots with CG characters, FX and environments, as they are working on invisible VFX which are barely noticeable, such as adding steam, debris, rain or smoke, painting out stray hairs on an actor, or removing evidence of modernisation from plate photography on a period film or TV show. They stitch plates together for "seamless" long shots, build enormous crowds in stadiums and train stations, and replace backgrounds, windows and reflections on moving vehicles when these scenes are not practical to film in real life.

    A compositor’s work is everywhere–even if not immediately obvious to an unsuspecting audience–making it a strong career choice with ample opportunities.

    The CUA60615 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media with a focus on Compositing will teach the fundamental skills used by film and game studios to seamlessly integrate a range of live and digital footage in a variety of formats.

    To prepare students with the necessary skills required for a career in VFX compositing for film and games, this course will cover topics such as rotoscoping, digital painting, keying, scripting and lighting techniques, as used by top VFX studios.

    By studying this course, students will become proficient in industry-leading software, Nuke. Upon completion of the Advanced Diploma students will have developed a strong portfolio to showcase their work and contribute towards them pursuing a fulfilling career as a VFX Compositor.

    On successful completion of this qualification, students will:

  • Be able to seamlessly integrate live and digital footage in a variety of formats
  • Feel confident using industry software Nuke
  • Be able to polish and present their work to a professional level
  • Manage deadlines and complete projects to an industry standard
  • Learn how to work with a client brief
  • Use their accumulated knowledge and skills to expand their learning post graduation
  • Have original pieces of work for their portfolio to showcase their skills
  • Course information

    Study area

    UOW College Vocational Pathways

    Campus

    UOW College Wollongong

    Course Code

    3157

    Duration

    6 sessions over 2 years

    Delivery

    Distance

    Cricos

    UAC Code

    -

    Admission, Key dates, and Fees

    A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

    For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

    Students are required to provide evidence of having sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to successfully undertake the program’s academic and clinical work placement experience requirements, prior to commencing the program

    There are a range of entry requirements to ensure you are suitable for the course. These include:

    • Completed Australian Year 12, or international equivalent, OR
    • Completed a Certificate IV level qualification or international equivalent, OR
    • Achieve a minimum result of Exit Level 3 in both Literacy and Numeracy (supervised online tests administered by UOW College), AND
    • Minimum age 17 years at course commencement, AND
    • Successfully demonstrate course suitability at an interview.

    FEES

    CAMPUS

    DELIVERY METHOD

    SESSION FEE*

    COURSE FEE*

    UOW College Wollongong

    Distance

    $7,469 (2021)

    $29,877 (2021)

    A range of fee payment options are available.



    1. Vet Student Loans Program

    2. Payment Plan Available

    * Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
    These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

    Admission Profile


    INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



    STUDENT PROFILE

    This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW College for this course. It provides data on students that commenced the program, and continued study beyond the census date at UOW College in 2020.

    Applicant background

    2020 intake

    2020 intake (%)

    Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

    -

    -

    Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

    -

    -

    Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

    -

    -

    Recent secondary education

    ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

    -

    -

    ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

    -

    -

    Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

    -

    -

    International students All other students.

    -

    -

    All students

    -

    -

    < 5: Number of students is less than 5
    N/A: Data not available for this item
    N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


    ATAR PROFILE

    This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors.

    ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2020

    ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
    Highest rank to receive an offer

    -

    -

    Median rank to receive an offer

    -

    -

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    -

    -

    < 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
    N/A: Data not available for this item
    N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

    More Information

    For more information about UOW College admission pathways, see UOW College Admission Information.

    Key Dates

    SESSION

    CAMPUS

    SESSION DETAILS

    2021 UOW College VET Spring

    UOW College Wollongong

    Session: 24 May - 27 August

    Orientation and enrolment is held during the week prior to course commencement. You will be advised of the exact date in your letter of offer.

    Applications Close

    TBA

    2021 UOW College VET Summer

    UOW College Wollongong

    Session: 13 September - 17 December

    Orientation and enrolment is held during the week prior to course commencement. You will be advised of the exact date in your letter of offer.

    Applications Close

    TBA

    Course Structure

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    Course Handbook

    Why choose this course

    Students will be able to use this Advanced Diploma as a gateway to higher-level degrees for example, Bachelor of Interactive Media (3D Animation).


    Stream: 3D Animation

    Successful completion of this course enables students to pursue a wide range of animation careers from feature films, TV shows, and video games, to production companies and advertising agencies that produce content for advertisements, mobile games, apps and websites.

    The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (3D Animation stream) qualification focuses on the essential skills and knowledge necessary of individuals who analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging technical, creative, or conceptual competencies in the film, television, video game and interactive media industries. Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional / highly skilled work.


    Stream: 3D Modelling

    Successful completion of this course enables students to pursue a wide range of careers as a 3D artist within the film and games development industries.

    The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (3D Modelling stream) qualification focuses on the essential skills and knowledge necessary of individuals who analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging technical, creative, or conceptual competencies in the film, television, video game and interactive media industries. Graduates at this level will have specialised skills and knowledge.


    Stream: FX and Simulation

    As audience expectations grow and the global demand for high-quality content soars, the need for professionally trained FX artists increases, making it one of the most in-demand jobs in the film and games industry.

    The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (FX & Simulation stream) qualification focuses on the essential skills and knowledge necessary of individuals who analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging technical, creative, or conceptual competencies in the film, television, video game and interactive media industries.

    Successful completion of this course enables students to pursue a wide range of careers as an FX artist within the entertainment industry.


    Stream: Compositing

    VFX compositors are required for almost every single film, TV or interactive media project making them one of the most in-demand roles in the entertainment industry.

    Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and skills for highly skilled work. Successful completion of this course enables students to pursue a career as a VFX compositing artist within the entertainment industry.

    The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Compositing stream) qualification focuses on the essential skills and knowledge necessary of individuals who analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging technical, creative, or conceptual competencies in the film, television, and interactive media industries.

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