CUA51020 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 CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media has been designed to fill the demand for highly skilled artists, and prepare students for a rewarding career in film and video games. With a focus on building strong foundational skills in 3D modeling, animation and visual effects using industry-standard software, students will develop a good understanding of film and game pipelines, and learn workflows similar to those used in actual studios.

As students learn the foundations of 3D art and computer graphics (CG), and practice working with client briefs based on real-world examples, they will create a range of versatile digital assets for various media platforms/formats to add to their professional portfolio.

By studying this course, students will become proficient in Autodesk Maya, the industry's standard 3D software used in all areas of the production pipeline. Additional skills are taught in Adobe Photoshop, Substance Painter, Houdini FX, and Unreal Engine 4.

On completion of the Diploma students will have a strong portfolio they can use to showcase their work to prospective employers. This will contribute towards them pursuing a fulfilling career as a 3D generalist. Should they choose to further their skills and become a specialist, they may continue their studies with an Advanced Diploma qualification.

On successful completion of the Diploma of Screen and Media CUA51020, students will:

  • Know how to model, texture, animate and create visual effects
  • Use industry standard software such as Maya, Photoshop, Substance Painter, Houdini FX and Unreal Engine 4
  • Understand how to professionally polish and present their work
  • Complete projects to a professional level
  • Learn how to work with a client brief
  • Use their accumulated knowledge and skills to continually expand their learning post graduation
  • Have original pieces of work for their portfolio to showcase their skills
  • Students who seek to progress to the CUA60620 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media from the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media will not be subject to any further admissions assessment. Students who complete the Diploma of Screen and Media 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.

    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.

    Units of study

    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
  • 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 : Diploma of Screen and Media : 3156

    Course information

    Study area

    UOW College Vocational Pathways

    Campus

    UOW College Wollongong

    Course Code

    3156

    Duration

    3 sessions over 11 months

    Delivery

    Distance, On Campus

    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

    On Campus

    $5,359 (2021)

    $16,077 (2021)

    UOW College Wollongong

    Distance

    $5,359 (2021)

    $16,077 (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.

    FEES

    * 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 Autumn Scr & Media

    UOW College Wollongong

    Session: 29 March - 2 July

    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 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 2021

    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: 4 October 2021

    2022 UOW College VET Autumn

    UOW College Wollongong

    Session: 31 January - 6 May 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: 21 February 2022

    2022 UOW College VET Spring

    UOW College Wollongong

    Session: 23 May - 26 August 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: 13 June 2022

    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

    Career Prospects & Industry Accreditation

    Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional / highly skilled work and / or further learning.

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

    The CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media qualification focuses on the essential skills and knowledge necessary of individuals who analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging technical, creative, conceptual or managerial competencies in the film, television, radio and interactive media industries. Their knowledge base may be specialised or broad. These individuals are often accountable for group outcomes.

    Careers this qualification can lead to:

    • Junior modeler
    • Junior animator
    • Junior texturing/shader artist
    • Junior FX artist
    • Generalist
    • Art director
    • Game developer
    • Game artist
    • Production co-ordinator

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