Training & Assessment Strategy



The Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107) 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 Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107) qualification meets the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate understanding of a broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts.
  • Apply solutions to a defined range of resources
  • Identify and apply skill and knowledge areas to a wide variety of contexts with depth in some cases
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources
  • Take responsibility for own outputs in relation to specified quality standards
  • Take limited responsibility for the quantity and quality of the output of others


Adoption of AQF by the Film and Television Industry:


The Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107) 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 Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107) addresses vocational skills for employment in the Screen and Media industry. 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. Students must collaborate in teams on a minimum of four projects, at least one of which is writen and directed by the student.

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, camera, editing, sound, presenting their ideas and managing teams.

To attain a Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107), 15 units of competency must be achieved in what are called core, specialist, elective areas and bank units. These enable students to gain broad skills as well as specialising in areas of interest. Core Competencies focus on an understanding of the industry as well as its WHS concerns. The specialist units require students to demonstrate expertise in the technical areas of directing, camera, sound and editing. The elective and bank units enable students to develop skills in their key roles for the major projects.

                            

Vocational Outcomes:
Graduates of the Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107) may be employed in the following job positions:
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Graduates may also gain recognition towards further studies:

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International graduates may apply for a select number of traineeships:

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Entry Requirements:

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Targeted Groups:
The Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107) is targeted for a diverse range of students in age and ethnicity. Students may be: 

  • Recent School Leavers
  • Current Tertiary Students
  • Recent Tertiary Graduates
  • Mature age students with previous experience in the industry
  • Mature age students with no experience in the industry who seek an alternative career path
  • International Students

The Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107) 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 15 units of competency. These units of competency are delivered and assessed over 18 Subjects as follows:

 

Part One: Subjects 1 - 12

Subject One: Drama Production

BSBCRT402A Collaborate in a creative process

BSBCMM401A Make a presentation

BSBREL401A Establish networks

BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace


Subject Two: Documentary Production

BSBCMM401A Make a presentation


Subject Three: Story, Sound and Image Part 1 (Screen Studies)

CUVPHI401A Capture images in response to a brief

CUFPPM404A Create Storyboards

CUFRES401A Conduct research


Subject Four: Directing Character

CUFDRT502A Direct performers


Subject Five: Writing character

CUFWRT402A Write extended stories

CUFWRT501A Develop storylines and treatments

BSBCRT501A Originate and develop concepts


Subject Six: Meet the Filmmaker

BSBREL401A Establish networks


Subject Seven: Digital Editing

CUFPOS201A Perform basic vision and sound editing

CUFANM403A Create titles for screen productions


Subject Eight: Digital Equipment Workshop

CUVPHI401A Capture images in response to a brief


Subject Nine: Pitch Preparation

BSBCMM401A Make a presentation


Subject Ten: Screen Legals and Ethics

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


Subject Eleven: 16mm Equipment Workshop

CUVPHI401A Capture images in response to a brief


Subject Twelve: Specialisation Workshops

SFS Course Requirements.

                             


Part Two: Subjects 13 - 18

 
Subject Thirteen: Digital Editing Part 2

SFS course requirements.


Subject Fourteen: Story, Sound & Image Part 2

BSBCRT402A Collaborate in a creative process

BSBCMM401A Make a presentation

BSBREL401A Establish networks

BSBCRT401A Articulate, present and debate ideas

CUFPPM404A Create Storyboards


Subject Fifteen: Thesis

BSBPMG510A Manage projects

BSBCRT401A Articulate, present and debate ideas

CUFWRT501A Develop storylines and treatments

CUFDRT502A Direct performers

BSBCRT501A Originate and develop concepts


Subject Sixteen: Meet the Filmmaker

BSBREL401A Establish networks


Subject Seventeen: Digital Equipment Workshop

SFS course requirements.


Subject Eighteen: Specialisation Workshops Part 2

SFS course requirements.

The Script Editing specialisation offers a second opportunity for the assessment of CUFWRT402A Write extended stories.
 



Assessment Scope and Requirements:
Assessment for the 15 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.

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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.

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Mode of Training: Institution-based training
Training and assessment occurs entirely at the Sydney Film School premises and on film locations.

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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, camera, sound, editing, developing and presenting their ideas.

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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).

 

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