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CUA41220 Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Animation and Visual Effects)

National ID: CUA41220 State ID: AC86
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Ready to bring screens to life through mastering the art of animation and digital media? 

Develop an in-demand skillset, harness your creativity and design skills whilst embarking on your journey in an exciting and ever-evolving industry.

Be guided by our expert lecturers who are industry professionals as you learn the fundamentals of digital technologies and build a solid knowledge of creating animation and visual effects for websites, social media, advertising, film and television. You'll learn 2D and 3D animation, 3D modelling, creating visual effects, developing storyboards and producing innovative digital images and video art, whilst being equipped with digital editing and design skills.

From favourite movies and cartoons we watch, to the video games we play, to the advertisements we see on social media, animation plays a key role in the entertainment and marketing we consume and is a fun and effective form of visual communication - your dream career in digital media starts here! 

This nationally recognised qualification will help you further build your portfolio so you can stand-out to prospective employers. You'll be job ready for roles such as Digital Media Artist, Assistant Animator, Assistant Web Designer or Assistant Video Editor. 

This qualification is also offered part-time. Use the get help form below to start a discussion with our training area. 

Study in specialist facilities:

Learn in our Centre for IT Excellence (CITE) which provides state of the art, industry relevant training in information technology and creative media. Practise your skills in a simulated real-life workplace environment, using cutting-edge technology to gain comprehensive knowledge of digital effects, animation AR and VR systems and an understanding of operating production equipment. 

Visit our IT Training Facebook page(opens in a new tab) for more information on students work and events! 


  • digital technologies
  • 3D animation
  • modelling
  • video
  • multimedia
  • web design 
  • interactive media and games
  • visual effects


In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.

  • good communication skills to liaise/work with a range of people
  • an interest in digital technologies and visual arts
  • ability to use technology and willingness to learn
  • Ability to work as part of a team and take direction
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III

This course is not available to study by applicants outside of WA. 

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 days per week across one semester.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete 25% extra of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

There is no work placement required for this course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, exercise book, and USB).

In addition, the following uniform is required to be worn at all classes:

  • Normal business/computing office attire

Select your preferred campus and apply

Click on your preferred campus and study mode below to get started with your application. 

Semester 1, 2024

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Thornlie
How On Campus

Semester 2, 2023

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Thornlie
How On Campus

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