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Undergraduate Certificate in IT (Virtual Screen Production)


In the Undergraduate Certificate in IT (Virtual Screen Production), students will learn the technical workflows and skills associated with virtual production, including virtual reality software, game engines, cinematography, sound recording, and the use of real-time rendering engines. They will be introduced to the craft of filmmaking through practical shoots and will apply these techniques and design skills to projects aligned with industry and workplace needs.

Key topics covered within the program include:

  • Virtual reality (VR) technologies
  • Realtime rendering (game) engines
  • Cinematography and sound recording
  • Camera, lighting, and sound equipment
  • Creative problem solving
  • Critical reflection
  • Working under supervision in a paraprofessional role
  • Introductory screen productions and critical reflection processes
  • Technical workflows

To complement your technical skills, you will learn:

  • Employability skills specific to creative media
  • Communication, including how to communicate specialist technical and creative ideas and perspectives in the games development discipline to others
  • Teamwork and collaboration in the context of creative media
  • Scholarly techniques for higher education

Upon completion, you will be eligible for up to 30 credit points towards the Diploma of Augmented and Virtual Reality.

 Graduate roles may include

  • Junior XR developer
  • Junior virtual reality application designer/developer
  • Transmedia developer
  • Virtual production assistant
  • Junior interaction designer
  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney



SAE has implemented a remote flexible learning option for current and future students. The range of tools developed by SAE will not only allow students to collaborate online but also gain experience in remote working practices widely used within the creative industries. From day one you'll start creating using the latest software and equipment, under the guidance of expert lectures.

  • Use industry-standard middleware and development package Unity
  • Learn as part of a small class
  • Learn from lecturers with extensive experience and industry connections
  • Apply industry-standard production practices throughout your studies.

Undergraduate Certificate in IT (Virtual Screen Production)

This undergraduate certificate is offered as blended delivery - both online and on-campus* - and develops students’ skills and knowledge in applying Augmented and Virtual Reality hardware and software to produce virtual screen productions. Focusing on the core technical and design considerations when working with these technologies, students will create engaging experiences that are applicable to screen technologies. They will be introduced to the craft of filmmaking through participation in practical film shoots, and gain experience working with camera, lighting, and sound. And will be introduced to the fundamentals of frame composition and cinematography.

*You must enrol at an SAE campus and attend on-campus classes.

Hardware & Software Requirements

The Undergraduate Certificate in Virtual Screen Production is a program supported by SAE’s Australian campus infrastructure and facilities. Students wishing to enrol in the program are advised that they will require access to the following specialised hardware and software resources to complete the projects contained within the program;

  • Windows PC at VR Specification And Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, or HTC Vive; OR
  • Or Windows or Mac computer And Oculus Quest


  • Unity game engine
  • Visual Studio


Undergraduate Certificate in IT (Virtual Screen Production)
Scholarly Perspectives AR VRVirtual Reality TechnologiesAugmented Reality TechnologiesIntroduction to Cinematography and Sound Recording
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
Trimester 1
Scholarly Perspectives AR VR
Virtual Reality Technologies
Augmented Reality Technologies
Introduction to Cinematography and Sound Recording
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit

Key Info


    1 Trimester Normal Full Time



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    Short Course

Entry requirements

SAE recognises that preparation for study is not restricted to formal educational attainment and that valuable skills development can be gained through relevant experience.

Our Experience-based Entry Scheme allows you to be considered for entry to an undergraduate course through an assessment of your ability to succeed in higher education.

SAE will review applications on a case by case basis if you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age

  • Do not have the formal qualifications required for direct entry

  • Seek admission to courses on the basis of your aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non-accredited study.

To apply via Experience Based Entry, students are required to undertake an interview with an assigned representative of SAE and provide supporting evidence that may include:

  • Records of any formal educational qualifications attained

  • Evidence of any informal studies undertaken

  • References relating to work history relevant to the chosen field of study (if applicable)

  • A resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • A portfolio of relevant materials that demonstrates creative aptitude, knowledge, technical skills and abilities. 

In addition, candidates may also be asked to undertake an exam or written assignment to satisfactorily demonstrate capacity to meet the course requirements or provide examples and/or portfolio of work.

In all cases Experience Based Entry into a Higher Education course will only be granted to students with a minimum Year 10 level of schooling.

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