Training and Assessment Strategy

The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF60107) is part of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF has defined the following qualification levels:

  • Certificate I
  • Certificate II
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate  IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma

The qualification framework is not a course and the standards are not curriculum documents. They combine a broad level of competencies that are applicable to any training package. The qualifications are tiered to require more complex levels of competency in each one. Each Industry adopts these levels (and their competencies) and integrates them into a training package.

The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF60107) qualification reflects the role of individuals who analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging technical, creative, conceptual or managerial competencies in the films, television, radio and digital media industries. Their knowledge base may be specialised or broad. These individuals are often accountable for group outcomes.

Adoption of AQF by the Film and Television Industry:

The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF60107) has been adopted by the Sydney Film School from the Screen and Media Training Package (CUF07). The training package has been devised by the Innovation & Business Skils Australia (IBSA) Council in consultation with the Australian Screen Industries, on behalf of the Federal Government.

Adoption of the Training Package by Sydney Film School:
The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF60107) addresses vocational skills for employment in the Screen and Media industries. Students are assessed on attaining “units of competency” (skills) crucial in film and video production.  Sydney Film School has structured a course programme that integrates these skills into the creative process of film and video production. Students work collaboratively to make narrative films and documentary videos. These works enable students to learn in an industry environment and to build up their own portfolios.

Elective units were selected to provide students with a broad range of transferable creative thinking and team building skills. Students furthermore gain specific competencies in directing, producing, writing, cinematography, design, sound and digital editing.

To attain an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF60107), 16 units of competency must be achieved in what are called core and elective units. These enable students to gain broad skills as well as specialising in areas of interest. Core Competencies focus on the development and application of creative ideas. The specialist units require students to demonstrate expertise in the technical areas of producing, cinematography, design, sound and digital editing.



Vocational Outcomes:
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF60107) may be employed in the following job positions:Click here for career prospects

Entry Requirements:
Click here for a complete list of selection criteria

Targeted Groups:
The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF60107) is targeted for a diverse range of students in age and ethnicity. Students may be: 

  • Persons with some limited experience in the film industry (such as those completing a Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107)) who wish to develop their skills further in a specialised field.
  • International Students

The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF60107) must meet their needs in a vocational way. The course is practical, while developing creative, theoretical and technical skills across a diverse range of subject areas.

Holistic Delivery and Assessment:
Sydney Film School uses a holistic delivery and assessment methodology in order to ensure a high quality educational outcome. Under holistic assessment students have multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency in various skill areas. Holistic assessment also ensures that competencies are delivered and assessed under a variety of industry conditions.

The Sydney Film School operates as a production studio wherein the students commit to industry crew roles and work to film project deadlines.


Delivery of Units of Competency :
To successfully complete this qualification a student must complete 16 units of competency. These units of competency are delivered and assessed over 6 Subjects for Drama students and 9 subjects for Doco students as follows:

  • Drama students select subject A1


Subject A1: Advanced Thesis

BSBCRT501A Originate and develop concepts

CUFDRT601A Establish the creative vision for screen productions

BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace

CUFDRT603A Direct screen production crews

CUFDRT605A Collaborate with editors during post-production

CUFWRT601A Write scripts

CUFWRT501A Develop storylines & treatments

CUFDRT602A Audition and select performers

CUFDRT501A Direct rehearsals of performers

CUFDRT502A Direct performers

CUFWRT602A Edit scripts

  • Drama and Doco students select subjects A2 - A5
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Subject A2: Comedy Writing Directing

BSBCRT501A Originate and develop concepts

CUFDRT601A Establish the creative vision for screen productions

CUFDRT603A Direct screen production crews

CUFWRT601A Write scripts

CUFDRT502A Direct performers


Subject A3: Screen Legals & Ethics

Delivers and assesses all the legal and ethical aspects of the Advanced Diploma which relate to the different requirements of each and every Unit of Competency.


Subject A4: Advanced Screen Studies

BSBCRT601A Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity


Subject A5: Crew

This subject contributes to the delivery of those Elective Units of Competency relating to the Specialisation subjects (see below):

  • Drama students nominate ONE specialisation subject from A6 - A10

Subject A6: Producing

CUSFIM501A Secure funding for projects

CUFPPM601A Plan and manage film and media pre-production

CUFPPM602A Plan and manage film and media post-production

CUETEM08B Realise productions
 

Subject A7: Cinematography

CUFCAM601A Direct cinematography for screen productions

CUFDRT604A Devise camera coverage

CUFLGT501A Conceive and develop lighting designs

CUETEM08B Realise productions
 

Subject A8: Production Design

CUEPRP501A Conceive, develop and realize props designs

CUESET501A Conceive, develop and realize set designs

BSBDES402A Interpret and respond to a design brief

CUETEM08B Realise productions

 

Subject A9: Sound Recordist / Designer

CUSSOU501A Develop sound designs

CUSSOU503A Implement sound designs

CUSSOU404A Edit dialogue

CUETEM08B Realise productions

 

Subject A10: Editing

CUFANM503A Design animation and digital visual effects

CUFPOS501A Edit complex screen productions

CUSSOU404A Edit dialogue

CUETEM08B Realise productions

  • Doco students select subject A11


Subject A11: Advance Thesis Doco Stream

BSBCRT501A Originate and develop concepts

CUFDRT601A Establish the creative vision for screen productions

BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace

CUFDRT603A Direct screen production crews

CUFDRT605A Collaborate with editors during post-production

CUFWRT501A Develop storylines and treatments

BSBCRT601A Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity

PSPREG411A Gather information through interviews

CUSFIM501A Secure funding for projects

  • Doco students undertake all subjects A6D - A9D

Subject A6D: Post-Producing for Documentary

CUFPPM602A Plan and manage film and media post-production

 

Subject A7D: Cinematography for Documentary

CUFCAM601A Direct cinematography for screen productions

CUFDRT604A Devise camera coverage

 

Subject A8D: Sound for Documentary

CUSSOU501A Develop sound designs

CUSSOU503A Implement sound designs

 

Subject A9D: Editing for Documentary

CUFPOS501A Edit complex screen productions

CUSSOU404A Edit dialogue
 



 


Assessment Scope and Requirements:
Assessment for the 16 units of competency is conducted in class, in a simulated work environment and by evidencing and reviewing tasks performed outside class (e.g written assignments). Assessment conducted in class may be in the form of observation, presentation,  visual / aural aids and response to questions. Assessments in a simulated work environment are conducted through observation of student skills working on film projects under industry conditions.

Exiting Prior to Completion:
Students who leave prior to completion may be awarded a Statement of Attainment in particular Units of Competency that have been successfully completed. Each UOC requires a minimum number of tasks successfully performed by the student in order to demonstrate competence.

Recognition of Prior Learning / Course Credit:
Students may wish to be assessed by Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) if they feel that they have achieved levels of competency through previous work or may seek Course Credit for previous studies. SFS recognises students who have attained units of competency from previous studies in accordance with AQF.
Click here for the Course Credit and Recognised Prior Learning procedure

Flexible Learning:
Learning and assessment at Sydney Film School is flexible and addresses access and equity for students. Flexible assessment might include cases where film students have poor written skills, and therefore, are disadvantaged by essay assignments. The Head of Studies, tutor and student may agree to undertake the assessment as an oral and / or visual presentation.
Click here for the Language, Literacy and Numeracy procedures

Mode of Training: Institution-based training
Training and assessment occurs entirely at the Sydney Film School premises and on film locations.
Click here for a full list of facilities and resources


Validation of Units of Competency adopted by Sydney Film School:
Elective units were selected to support the employability skills list outlined in the training package. Students gain competencies in directing, producing, writing, cinematography, design, sound, digital editing, documentary and business skills.
Click here for a full list of graduate careers


Training and Assessment Validation:
Training and Assessment is systematically validated including:

  • Semesterly internal trainer moderation and validation sessions.
  • External validation according to a five year strategy.
     

Industry Validation:
Industry validation occurs through:

  • Validation of programs by specialist members of the Industry Advisory Board.
  • Ongoing discussions with industry active tutors
  • Festival programmers, select, award and provide feedback to quality of student films.
  • Commercial distributors purchase student films and compilation, and provide feedback on quality and saleability.
  • Surveys of graduate employment rates.
  • Surveys of employer satisfaction (identifying any skill gaps).
     

Click here for a list of screenings and awards

 
Endorsement: 
The above training and assessment strategy was endorsed by Sydney Film School's Artistic Director, Ben Ferris, in February 2015.