Diploma of Screen & Media (CUA51015)

Qualification: Diploma
Course Code: CUA51015
Study mode: Online
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Payment plan
Upfront payment
Duration: Self-paced; complete within 18 months
Start date: Anytime – start today!
Awarded by: OTEN - Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Course fees: Price may vary
This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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About this course

This online - course will qualify you for a number of roles in the media, whether you're on screen or behind the scenes. You will learn how to gather news, research and interview subjects, as well as write news stories for print and electronic media.

Delivered online by SEEK Learning in partnership with OTEN, the course focuses on audio-visual production, with units on making a presentation, writing narration and exploring issues on air. You will also get to know the writing and production processes and how to collaborate with fellow journalists, producers and technical staff.

Whether you're looking to work on a freelance basis or for a network, this course will get you camera and microphone-ready. You will also be prepared to manage projects in the journalism environment.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course, so anyone can apply. If you wish to pay for this course with a VET FEE-HELP loan however, you must:

  • Provide a copy of your Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate; OR
  • Complete a Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test

Students will also require access to a range of equipment to facilitate video and audio capture/editing, as well as lighting.

Areas of study

In this screen and media course, the units of competency you will study include:

Core units:

  • CUAIND502 - Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
  • CUAPPR505- Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • BSBCRT501- Originate and develop concepts

Elective units:

  • CUACAM401 - Shoot a wide range of screen content
  • CUFAIR401A - Conduct interviews
  • CUAAIR401 - Conduct interviews
  • BSBDES402 - Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • BSBDES403 - Develop and extend design skills & practice
  • BSBDES501 - Implement design solutions
  • CUAWRT401 - Edit texts
  • CUAWRT402 - Write extended stories
  • CUAWRT403 - Write narration and material for current affairs, features & documentaries
  • BSBCRT401 - Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • BSBCRT402 - Collaborate in a creative process
  • CUARES401 - Conduct research

Find out how you’ll gain hands-on experience while studying online.

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51015) from OTEN - Open Training & Education Network.

This course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to write and edit content for a variety of media. You will learn collaborative techniques and hone your research and interviewing skills. On completion of this course, you will be prepared you to work as:

  • Radio presenter
  • Television presenter
  • Interviewer
  • Production coordinator
  • Journalist
  • Archival media specialist

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this OTEN program, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. If you are not eligible for VET FEE-HELP, there are two other payment options:

  • Payment plans: Eligible students may be able to pay for this course through weekly, fortnightly and monthly repayments. This flexible payment plan does not require a deposit and involves no interest for the first 12 months. After this period, students will be charged 19.95% per annum on the amount that remains to be paid.
  • Upfront payment: Pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.


You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
SEEK Learning offers a vast selection of tertiary and vocational courses through some of Australia’s leading education providers. You can study an accredited TAFE, university and IT course, as well as customised training packages, from recognised course providers. With flexible study and finance options and many courses available through correspondence and online studies, you can gain any number of career-boosting qualifications at your convenience with SEEK Learning.
As a student of OTEN through SEEK Learning, you will be periodically contacted by your teachers to discuss your education progress. Your enquiries will also receive priority attention and your assignments will be marked and returned within seven working days.

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