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CUA51015 – Diploma of Screen and Media | CUA60615 – Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Delivered by Hamilton Secondary College (RTO Code 0561). Students must be a minimum of 18 years old.

Course information

At MAPS Film School industry practitioners trained in vocational education instruct students in the exciting practice of filmmaking. Our philosophy is simple – learn by doing. Each year around 50 short films are produced. Students learn the practical aspects of filmmaking as well as the art of collaboration from making films.

We replicate the real world industry and operate like a production house. Students generate original ideas, develop and pitch their projects, crews are formed and projects are realised from pre-production to shoot to post-production. It’s a fun, vibrant, hard working environment where students can pursue projects they are inspired by. We make short dramas and comedies, short documentaries, music videos and experimental art pieces. Our films are screened publicly at the Mercury cinema at the end of each year.

At MAPS we have trained over 1000 alumni and produced over 1500 films in the past 35 years. MAPS films regularly win awards and screen at festivals and online. MAPS graduates work locally, interstate and internationally in all areas of filmmaking. They can be found behind the camera, directing, producing, recording sound, in the edit suite, writing scripts and more. We are highly regarded by the industry for preparing students artistically and technically for work.

We teach: Camera, Audio, Producing, Editing, Writing (and Directing in the Advance Diploma)

Students must be 18+ and courses cost $3000 upfront per year

Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51015)

One year, full time

Course description

To achieve the nationally recognised CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media students must complete 15 units of competency.  They include core units, elective units and a choice of craft units.

Units offered are:


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


  • BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
  • BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
  • BSBREL401 Establish networks
  • CUAPHI507 Produce Media Photo Images
  • CUAPPM407 Create storyboards
  • CUASMT403 Develop and implement production work plans
  • CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
  • CUAPPR405 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work OR
  • CUAANM403 Create titles for screen productions  

CRAFT UNITS – Student to choose 2 craft areas


  • CUAPPM411 Compile production schedules
  • CUAPPM508 Manage locations for film and media productions


  • CUACAM404 Pull focus
  • CUACAM401 Shoot a wide range of screen content


  • CUASOU410 Record sound on location
  • CUASOU407 Edit sound


  • CUAPOS501 Edit complex screen productions
  • CUASOU408 Edit dialogue


  • CUAWRT402 Write extended stories
  • CUAWRT601 Write scripts

These units are offered in 2019 and may change depending on industry needs.

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA60615)

One year, full time

Course description

CUA60615 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media focuses on students being the principal creators. Typically students enrolling in the Advanced Diploma have completed a Diploma at MAPS. The course allows time for extensive project development as per industry standard so students can refine ideas. The learning is in the process where students initiate, execute and deliver projects.

Units offered are:


  • CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of creative practice
  • CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • CUAPRP605 Evolve ideas for professional creative work


  • CUADRT601 Establish the creative vision for screen productions
  • BSBADM502 Manage meetings
  • CUADRT603 Direct screen production crews
  • CUAPPM603 Plan and manage film and media pre-production
  • CUAWRT502 Develop storylines and treatments
  • CUADRT501 Direct rehearsals of performers
  • CUADRT502 Direct performers for screen productions
  • CUADRT602 Audition and select performers
  • CUAWRT601 Write scripts
  • CUAAIR401 Conduct interviews
  • CUADRT604 Devise camera coverage
  • CUADRT605 Collaborate with editors during post-production OR
  • CUAPOS501 Edit complex screen productions
  • BSBMKG537 Develop a social media engagement plan

These units are offered in 2019 and may change depending on industry needs.

Enrolment process

Applications for the MAPS 2020 course are now open! Candidates must submit an application form and resume. Candidates will be given the opportunity to show their creative works at an interview.

Download application here:


Interviews for 2020 student intake are held early December and late January.
Applying for first intake increases chance of acceptance.

First intake
Applications close: Mon 25th November 2019
Panel Interviews: Mon 2nd, Tues 3rd, Mon 9th December 2019

Second intake
Applications close: Wed 15th January 2020
Panel Interviews: Tues 21st, Wed 22nd, Thurs 23rd January 2020

“Racka Racka [Maps alumni] are the most successful content creators in the country”

Graeme Mason, CEO Screen Australia

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MAPS Film School

Hamilton Secondary College
815 Marion Rd, Mitchell Park
South Australia 5043

RTO code – 0561

08 8275 8322


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