Personalised for LOCAL students.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
Personalised for INTERNATIONAL students.
International student means; you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

VTAC Code: CUA60620 CRICOS: 111348D VTAC Number: Fairfield 6900368784



12 months full time


1 year

Next Intake


Next Intake


Join the thriving creative industry with Melbourne Polytechnic's Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media CUA60620

This course offers a pathway to develop your skills to a professional level in the world of digital television, film, and advanced production.

Focus on acquiring advanced production skills that expand and enrich your screen and media expertise. Through hands-on learning and mentorship from industry professionals, you can bring your creative vision to life. Collaborative spaces and access to industry mentors are key elements of our program, allowing you to shape your craft and explore your creativity.

You'll have the opportunity to work on major drama and documentary projects, gaining practical experience in all aspects of production, from audio and videography to post-production skills, including broadcast workflows. This provides you with a valuable set of skills highly sought after in the competitive media industry.

Upon completing the Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media CUA60620, you will be well-prepared to excel in this dynamic field. We'll assist you in crafting a professional resume and building an impressive portfolio and showreel that will enhance your prospects in the industry. Your career possibilities are diverse and could include roles in corporate video production houses, advertising agencies, government organisations, private industry, or the film industry. Melbourne Polytechnic's reputation within the industry ensures that your skills will be recognised and valued.

Career Pathways

Where will the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media CUA60620 take me?

When you graduate from this course you will be equipped for employment in corporate video production houses, advertising agencies, government organisations, private industry and TV broadcasting.

Study Pathways

Ask us about further vocational training or higher education from this qualification.

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used, including observation of your performance and actions, direct questioning and verbal interaction, written tests and assignments, review of production portfolios and analysis of finished video productions.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CUAANM513 Design specifications for animation Elective 90
CUACAM611 Direct cinematography for screen productions Elective 50
CUADES522 Realise production designs Elective 100
CUADRT512 Direct performers for screen productions Elective 50
CUADRT611 Establish creative vision for screen productions Elective 50
CUADRT613 Direct screen production crews Elective 50
CUADRT614 Devise camera coverage Elective 50
CUADRT615 Collaborate with editors during post-production Elective 50
CUAIND611 Work professionally in the creative arts industry Core 70
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice Core 40
CUAPPR613 Engage in the business of creative practice Core 80
CUAPPR615 Evolve ideas for professional creative work Core 50
CUAPPR616 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level Elective 120
CUASMT513 Develop and maintain production documents Elective 100
CUAWRT512 Develop storylines and treatments Elective 50
CUAWRT601 Write scripts Elective 50

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $11200 $18000
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $11450 $18250
Per year $18600
Per semester $9300

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

  • we will supply learning materials, books and a personal data storage device
  • it is helpful to own a computer with video editing software to be able to work at home
  • a great range of cameras, lights, edit suites and other filmmaking equipment is readily available
  • there is no materials fee
Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Book an interview

This course requires an interview for entry. Please make a booking for your interview time by clicking book an interview


  • There are no specific prerequisites for entry. The course is generally available to students who have completed the Certificate IV in Screen and Media (CUA41215 or CUA41220) or Diploma of Screen and Media CUA51020, or applicants who are able to demonstrate substantial industry experience.
  • apply through VTAC or directly to Melbourne Polytechnic.
  • complete an interview.

Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Skype interviews available.

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

We’ll ask you to attend an interview to ensure that this is the right course for you.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

You are currently looking at information for local students

Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.