Diploma of Film & Television

If you're new to the film and television industry, this is the course to help get you started.

This one year diploma explores the basics you’ll need such as screenwriting, sound recording, cinematography, editing and design.

Learn about the film and television production process from trained industry professionals and get hands-on experience in professional, state-of-the-art studios.

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JMC Academy
Career Opportunities
  • Technical Operator
  • Assistant Editor
  • Cameraperson
  • Production Assistant

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


At least 17 years of age, a written application & interview


NSW - Sydney

QLD - Brisbane

VIC - Melbourne

Course length
Full-time: 1 year
Study mode



Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Start date

3 start dates per year.

JMC Academy

JMC Academy is Australia's leading educator in the entertainment industry.

You will learn from a dedicated team of industry professionals, and you’ll gain hands-on skills in a supportive environment.

All campuses have the latest professional facilities – such as digital media and 3D animation labs, recording studios, digital television studios and editing suites.

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The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.


  • Written application
  • Minimum of 17 years of age
  • Interview

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Production practices
  • Lighting
  • Technical operations
  • Editing
  • Sound recording

Course structure

8 units


  1. Producing I

    The unit provides students with an insight into the role of the film and television producer. An effective producer must possess excellent management, research, writing and verbal communication skills, and should have a sound knowledge of industry protocols, organisations and legislation. A combination of academic research and writing, and production paperwork exercises will equip students to plan, schedule and effectively produce their JMC Academy student productions, and gain a solid understanding of the Australian film and television industry.

  2. Post-production I

    This unit provides students with both theoretical and practical knowledge of editing and a range of post-production practices. Students will learn to engage with a range of software including AVID Media Composer 8 and Compression programs providing the fundamental skills required to edit and deliver most of their practical productions at JMC Academy. Whether the production is a drama, documentary or music video, a solid understanding of editing theory, techniques and styles - ncluding continuity style editing and montage theory - will help develop the student's storytelling skills and creativity in the edit suite.

  3. Camera & lighting I

    The purpose of this unit is to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge of camera operation techniques. It will also examine lighting fixtures and lighting, enabling students to incorporate camera & lighting principles to a broad range of projects. 

    The unit will also introduce and explore the relationship between lens and lighting as storytelling tools.

  4. Production project I: Studio project

    This unit is an introduction to the creative, technical, administrative and managerial aspects of film and television production. Students gain fundamental skills in the operation of cameras, lights, basic audio equipment and editing software, and engage with both single camera and multi-camera processes. 

    This unit orientates the student to the physical production environment (both studio and location) and develops their essential technical skills for all future production projects.

  5. Sound recording & design

    The purpose of this unit is to explore sound, its properties, how it is captured and manipulated, and its relationship to the screen. Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of sound, investigate the techniques necessary to record sound in the field or in the studio, and edit & mix sound for a range of film and television productions. Sound is an important tool for conveying ideas, story and/or emotion and the skills and knowledge gained in this unit will prepare students for their screen productions at JMC Academy and beyond.

  6. Production project II: Documentary production

    This unit equips students with the skills and knowledge required to pitch and produce their own short documentary. There will be a range of in class activities to train the students in story development and research techniques, interviewing techniques, sound recording skills, documentary shooting and lighting techniques, and green screen compositing. Many of these skills and techniques will be utilised and then assessed in the final productions. Research, planning and communication skills are crucial to documentary production and students will need to be prepared to crew on each other's productions and interact with individuals and organisations outside of JMC Academy as their subjects. 

    There will be a series of assessments throughout the trimester including an initial pitch, the production paperwork and then the final documentary film, which will be screened in week 13. Reflective practice is an important part of the process, and students will also be required to submit an honest appraisal of all the productions they worked on in this unit.

  7. Screenwriting I

    This unit provides the student with a foundation in the craft of screenwriting. Each student will be expected to write a short screenplay for potential production in the following trimester. Students will develop a fundamental understanding of story structure and learn to utilise the tools of a synopsis and treatment in the development of a short film or TV sitcom (situation comedy) script. Students will develop their screenwriting ability through the examination of other writers' works and existing screen content, and by dedicating their time to the required writing and rewriting processes. Students will also be asked to consider the production values and costs associated with their ideas, and encouraged to come up with short film or TV sitcom ideas that are achievable.

  8. Screen history

    An awareness of the history of film and television gives new screen practitioners the contextual knowledge to help them understand current technologies and protocols, and predict future trends. 

    In this unit students will be given a broad overview of the major technological and cultural developments in the screen industry since the early days of cinema. There is a focus on both Hollywood, as a dominant influence on cinema internationally, and the Australian screen industry. Students will be introduced to some of the major Western film movements and periods, and relevant industry figures. 

    The overall aim is to broaden awareness of the artistic, cultural, political and economic contexts within which the local and international screen industry has developed and operated. Students will also continue to develop their academic research and writing skills in this unit.

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