DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA

One year full time – two semesters of 20 weeks each

The CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media is a one year practical, hands-on introductory course, where students experience every aspect of filmmaking.

Students work across a slate of drama and documentary films under industry conditions.

In this real world production environment students learn storytelling, craft and technical skills from passionate, industry-qualified trainers.

Sydney Film School supplies all the essential equipment for your film projects.

We believe deadlines and audiences are of vital importance, so every drama and documentary is carried to completion and is screened at the prestigious Sydney Film School Festival.

It is possible to undertake the Diploma part-time over two years. However, due to the immersive nature of the course we recommend full-time study. including the delivery and assessment of units of competency, vocational outcomes, modes of study and course credit arrangements.

Click to see full details about the Training and Assessment Strategy, including the delivery and assessment of units of competency, vocational outcomes, modes of study and course credit arrangements.

Semester One

(24 hours per week)

All our classes support the major film productions, covering the essential aspects of filmmaking. From the very first day students are involved in;

Pre-production; research, writing, pitching, casting, crewing, scheduling, production management, rehearsal and design through to

Production; locations, set building, blocking, directing actors, lighting, filming, recording and then on to

Post-production; editing, music, sound design, mixing, copyright and distribution.

These practical aspects of the course are supported with classes in Screen Language, Specialist Workshops, Elective Specialisations and ‘Meet the Filmmaker’ with special guest screenings and discussions.

The school supplies all the equipment for the projects.

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Semester Two

(24 hours per week)

After completing Semester One, students have the opportunity to explore further aspects of filmmaking with longer specialist workshops.

Each student also makes their own ‘Thesis Film’, supported to find their individual creative voice.

Through our practical focus we help students master skills under real production conditions that will give them the confidence to find a place in this industry. The school supplies all the equipment for the projects.

Every film and documentary from Semesters One and Two are taken through to final completion and is publicly screened at the end of semester Sydney Film School Festival at a major Sydney Cinema. It is our belief that deadlines and audiences are of vital importance.

ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA

One year full time – two semesters of 20 weeks each

CUA60615 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media deepens your creative and technical skills, and prepares you for entry into the industry.

You will write and direct a short narrative film (between 10 – 15 minutes) and choose one craft specialization from:

  • Producing
  • Production Design
  • Cinematography
  • Sound
  • Editing

The year divides roughly into three phases: concept/script development; an intensive overlapping period of pre-production and production; and an extended post-production phase leading up to our prestigious Sydney Film School Festival, when every film screens.

Highlights of the course include intensives in Directing Actors, Writing/Directing, Screen Careers and Concept Development.

In the Advanced Diploma you have the benefit of studying in very small class sizes within your craft area.  Our industry mentors are craft experts and are dedicated to quality student outcomes.

Within your craft area you will work across a slate of short films, which will provide the team with a portfolio ready for distribution. Our in-house Distribution Officer manages entry of select films into the international film festival circuit and other emerging forms of distribution.

Advanced Diploma graduates have exceptional employment rates in the industry.

Advanced Diploma graduates may apply for an exclusive exchange scholarships to two international film schools, the École Superieure des Études Cinematographiques (in Paris) and the Instituto di Cinema Madrid.

Click to see full details about the Training and Assessment Strategy, including the delivery and assessment of units of competency, vocational outcomes, modes of study and course credit arrangements.