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Certificate III in Screen and Media CUA31015


From the silver screen to your TV screen, to your desk top computer to your smart phone.
Learn the real skills and keys to success from an industry leading course that is hands on, practical, fun and engaging, with a leading team of industry experts.

Learn the basics and work on commercials and news. Crew on life style shows, live music concerts and our own online drama series.

This program will introduce you to broadcast and electronic media production processes, equipment and technology. You will participate in practical activities that provide insight into all key roles and processes in media production including: camera operation, editing, audio, lighting, script writing and working in production teams.

You will engage with the legal, WH&S and financial parameters that operate in the Australian media industry.

After completion you will understand the stages and roles of media production and be employable at entry level in the industry.

Qualification: Certificate III in Screen and Media CUA31015
Program No: C3-BD21
Campus: CIT Reid 
Duration: 1 semester full-time (approx. 21 hours per week) OR part-time equivalent.
Cost Info:

Enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. In addition, a Service and Amenities fee of $40 will be payable each semester. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance

Indicative Cost: $1,115
Likely Job Outcome: Archival media technician, Camera/lighting assistant, Community radio program maker/presenter, Editing assistant, Interactive media author assistant, Production assistant.
Skilled operator in digital video, Radio and online content creation, Skilled assistant in the film and television production services.
Enrolment Type: Standard

Timetable Information

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Additional Information

Students will be require to purchase a Media Production crew shirt approximate cost $40. Students will also require an external hard drive, this can be bought once the course has started if you would like advice on suitable brands. Students can access CIT equipment for productions but are able to use their own also.
Upon successful completion of the Certificate III in Screen and Media, students can progress into the Certificate IV in Screen and Media.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

  • Literacy Skills Information

    • We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Foundation Skills or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

  • Transition Information

    • Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

  • Subject Cancellations/Changes

    • To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at

Subject Information

Core - complete all 3 subjects

  • BSBCRT301  Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
    • CIT Code: INNO108
      Cost: $80.00

      This unit describes skills and knowledge required to develop the habit of thinking in a more creative way through looking at things differently, musing, testing, experimenting and challenging existing thought patterns.
      It applies to individuals who need to develop and extend their critical and creative thinking skills to different issues and situations and have a range of problem solving, evaluation and analysis skills.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAIND301A  Work effectively in the creative arts industry
    • CIT Code: ARTS256
      Cost: $100.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work effectively in the creative arts industry. It applies to any field of the arts industry and is relevant to people in a wide range of occupations, for example, dancers, musicians, actors, cabaret performers, street performers, entertainment administrators, reviewers, film makers and public artists. At this level, individuals are required to use some discretion and judgement and operate under broad supervision within an established framework of plans and procedures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBWHS201  Contribute to health and safety of self and others
    • CIT Code: OHSS200
      Cost: $50.00

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in a manner that is healthy and safe in relation to self and others and to respond to emergency incidents. It covers following work health and safety (WHS) and emergency procedures and instructions, implementing WHS requirements and participating in WHS consultative processes. It applies to individuals who require a basic knowledge of WHS to carry out work in a defined context under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility, in a range of industry and workplace contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives - complete all 8 subjects

  • CUACAM201  Assist with a basic camera shoot
    • CIT Code: MEDA310
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with setting up and shooting low-budget, low end single-camera video productions. It applies to individuals who work under the direction of a qualified camera operator on pre-production and production tasks, including shooting footage with basic camera equipment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUACAM301  Shoot material for screen productions
    • CIT Code: MEDA309
      Cost: $220.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to shoot material for screen productions using a single camera unit. It applies to individuals whose prime responsibility is to capture screen images using a range of video equipment. They generally work under direction, and perform all camera, sound and lighting functions. Depending on the scale of the shoot, they may have an assistant or may be required to assist senior camera operators.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUACAM302  Rig camera infrastructure
    • CIT Code: MEDA311
      Cost: $110.00

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to install camera infrastructure for television and other relatively complex multi-camera productions such as live sport or entertainment events. It applies to individuals who work under supervision to rig cabling and dolly tracks according to predetermined camera plans.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPOS201  Perform basic vision and sound editing
    • CIT Code: MEDA313
      Cost: $180.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to perform basic editing functions for screen productions. It applies to individuals responsible for digitising, cutting and logging pre-recorded image and audio content under the direction of an experienced editor. Within clearly defined parameters, they also edit content using the basic functions of editing software.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUASOU202  Perform basic sound editing
    • CIT Code: MEDA308
      Cost: $145.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for basic digital sound editing. It applies to individuals working under supervision who are responsible for preparing, assembling and digitally editing relatively simple sound sequences for media content. Individuals are expected to contribute to creative outcomes, including selection and acquisition of sound materials.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAWRT302  Write simple stories
    • CIT Code: MEDA325
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge to write simple stories for a wide range of media, using linear and non-linear structures. It applies to individuals who write in response to a clearly-defined brief, under supervision of a senior writer or editor. Stories are short, such as a story for one or two animated objects, a dialogue between characters, or a creative piece for print media.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ICTWEB201  Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement
    • CIT Code: INFT819
      Cost: $40.00

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish a social networking presence, using social media tools and applications. It includes the requirement to review, compare, and use different types of social networking tools and applications. It applies to information and communications technology (ICT) personnel who need to develop a social networking web presence for a small or large office environment, using social media tools and applications.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUASOU203  Assist with sound recordings
    • CIT Code: MUSC195
      Cost: $70.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake routine sound recording tasks using a variety of recording equipment in a studio or live environment. It applies to individuals who work under close supervision and have responsibility for assisting with setting up recording equipment, doing sound checks, monitoring the quality of recorded sound, labelling/logging recordings and solving routine problems that might occur during the recording process. Individuals in this role might work in a variety of creative arts industry sectors, including stage productions, music recording studios, television, radio, film, video and online environments.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Advanced Diploma Screen and Media CUA60615
Diploma Screen and Media CUA51015
Certificate IV Screen and Media CUA41215
Statement Attainment training Screen and Media Bridging [extract from CUA31015]

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email