CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media

Course summary

This course is no longer accepting new enrolments.

The CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media will develop your artistic and technical skills to prepare you for a rewarding career in the visual effects, film and games industries.

With a focus on building strong foundational skills in 3D modelling and animation using industry-standard software, this course will allow you to develop a thorough understanding of film and game pipelines while learning workflows like those used in actual studios.

While completing this course, you will build a strong portfolio of work that can be used to showcase to prospective employers.

How You’ll learn

You will learn the foundations of 3D animation, modelling, and games production by working on engaging projects that are designed to prepare you for working in the computer graphics industry. You will create a range of versatile digital assets that can be added to your professional portfolio, showcasing your modelling, texturing, animations, lighting, and rendering skills.

You will become proficient in Autodesk Maya, the industry's standard 3D software used in production studios worldwide. You will also learn how to integrate your Maya projects into Substance Painter and Unreal Engine 4, simulation industry-standard workflows for film and games.

The course is designed for domestic students studying in Australia.


This course is delivered online and you will be facilitated and supported throughout your study. In order to participate in this course, you will be required to have access to a laptop/computer capable of running Autodesk Maya, a webcam, and an internet connection.

Units of study

You will be required to successfully complete 15 units of competency to achieve this qualification.

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
CUAANM302 Create 3D digital animations
CUAANM313 Create 3D digital models
CUAANM411 Create advanced 3D digital models
CUAANM511 Create 3D digital character animations
CUAANM512 Create 3D digital environments
CUAANM513 Design specifications for animation and digital visual effects
CUADIG514 Design games
CUADIG516 Design interactions
CUAPPM512 Realise productions
CUAPPR613 Engage in the business of creative practice
ICTGAM551 Apply digital texturing for the 3-D environment in digital games

Included course materials

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

    Course information

    Study area

    UOW College Vocational Pathways


    UOW College Wollongong

    Course Code



    3 sessions over 11 months




    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.


    * 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



    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 2021.

    Applicant background

    2021 intake

    2021 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)


    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 2021

    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




    2022 UOW College VET Summer

    UOW College Wollongong

    Session: 12 September - 16 December 2022

    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.

    Session Census Date: 3 October 2022

    Course Structure

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    Course Handbook

    Why choose this course

    Progression to the workforce or further study

    Upon successful completion of the Diploma, you will have a strong portfolio to showcase your work to prospective employers. This will contribute towards pursuing a fulfilling career as a 3D generalist.

    If you choose to further your skills and become a specialist, you may apply to continue your studies with an advanced diploma qualification.

    If you would like to progress to the CUA60620 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media following completion of the Diploma of Screen and Media you will not be subject to any further admissions assessment. You will also receive credit for prior learning equivalent to the first year of study of the Advanced Diploma, effectively reducing the Advanced Diploma course duration to 1 year.

    You can also use this qualification to support your application for a range of bachelor degrees at UOW.