NQF Level 5 - SAQA ID 90537

The purpose of the Higher Certificate in Television and Screen Media is to offer a shorter qualification than a Degree or three year Diploma, yet which has merit as a distinct qualification in its own right, and adds a valuable intermediate set of skills to the industry.

A secondary purpose of this certificate programme is to allow learners a means of progression, by way of diagonal articulation, to a Diploma programme.

Students must take responsibility for their own studies.

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Entry Requirements

  • In order to achieve the Academy of Sound Engineering Higher Certificate in Television and Screen Media Technology, students are required to pass all of the modules in the Higher Certificate programme in full, both theory and practical.
  • A module is passed as long as the credit-weighted average of its constituent learning units is 50% or more.
  • In order to pass a module, no more than one learning unit in that module may have a mark of lower than 50% but no lower than 30%.
  • For each module/learning unit, the final mark is made up of a combination of assessments.
  • Weightings for the various types of assessments differ for each module/learning unit.
  • The pass mark for each theory assessment is 50%, and the pass mark for each practical assessment is 50%.
  • In all cases, the summative assessments must be attempted in order to pass the module and a minimum of 70% of all assessments must be attempted per module/learning unit.

Duration: 1 year

Qualification: Higher Certificate

Course Code: 90537

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Modular Overviews

Academic Literacy

This module is designed to introduce and equip the student with the necessary skills to cope with the requirements and expectations of tertiary education. The module consists of three compulsory learning units namely: Academic and Communication Skills, Reading, Research & Writing and Computer Fundamentals.

The module focuses on the importance of academic and communication skills as the key to students’ success, ensuring that they become productive and efficient students that will go on to become productive and efficient screen media professionals. Students are taught to read with comprehension, research critically, and write efficiently as well as techniques for continually expanding their IT competency.

Production And Broadcast

This module deals with the processes and administration that drives the organisation of screen media productions. This includes the technological overview and self-distribution aspects of the screen media business. The learning units in this module will give the student an understanding of the principles of the screen media business and the roles, practices, set protocol and production etiquette of production personnel.

They will acquire a range of competencies, skills and production knowledge employed in producing for the Screen. These competencies are applied both in class exercises and through producing their practical projects, which they are taught and encouraged to market and distribute through available new media channels. The module provides training in creating an online profile using various methods and styles of presenting one’s show reel with a focus on the field of educational podcasting.

Camera And Sound

This module provides training that will give the student both a theoretical and practical understanding of the roles and practices of the camera, lighting and sound departments in a screen media production. The basic concepts and techniques of capturing video and sound are explored and assessed in practical class exercises, genre projects and students’ independent projects.

Video Editing

This module provides training in the fundamentals of video post production that will allow students entry level assistant and freelance work in a video editing department.

Students will gain competency in the primary feature set and basic interface of a professional video editing system.

The module’s core objectives is for the student to understand post-production workflows, the tasks and creative choices and limits involved in editing, editing in response to a client’s brief and troubleshooting.


The core purpose of this module is to introduce students to the elements of writing for the screen. They will develop an understanding of narrative form and structure and practical engagement with the processes and concerns of constructing a written narrative that translates easily into a visual story.

The role of writing within the production chain with a focus on organisational aspects is covered. Training will also cover writing processes such as research, drafting, revisions and script formatting. Students will learn how to transcribe information and manage information and documents.

Storytelling will be taught with a focus on visual communication. Other aspects, such as character journeys, conflict, hurdles and writing for a particular audience will also be addressed.

Screen Media Genre Projects

This module consists of the culminating activities of the Higher Certificates core objectives and exit level outcomes. Students are required to integrate and employ appropriate knowledge gained in the various components of preceding modules in order to produce and broadcast a professional quality screen media product. The student will be equipped with additional knowledge of production processes specific to the genre projects that they are required to complete.

Students work in mentored teams to create a music video, short documentary, drama project and one wild card production. Students will work on projects from conceptualisation to broadcast.

Assistant Electives (Job Shadowing)

This module gives the student an opportunity to gain experience in a chosen assistant field by completing work integrated learning with one of the Academy’s industry partners. The student is afforded a comprehensive practical placement within an organisational setting that is related to their chosen field.

Professional Practices

The purpose of this module is to encourage students to engage with issues of professionalism, accountability and production etiquette necessary for being a responsible screen media practitioner and an overall responsible individual once in the workforce. The aim is to cultivate and promote responsible screen media citizenry.


Academic Literacy

Academic and Communication Skills

Reading, Research and Writing

Computer Fundamentals

Production and Broadcast

Screen Media Production 1

Screen Media Business 1

Distribution 1: Self-distribution

Production Assistant

Camera and Sound

Camera and Lighting 1A

Camera and Lighting 1B: Workshop

Location Sound

Camera Assistant

Video Editing

Video Editing Techniques 1A: NLE Systems

Editing Assistant

Screen Writing

Screenwriting 1: Introduction to Story

Writing Fundamentals

Assistant Screen Writer

Screen Media Genre Projects

ATV Special Projects 1

Music Video Genre Project

Documentary Genre Project

Drama Genre Project

Assistant Electives (Job Shadowing)

Production Assistant Elective

Camera Assistant Elective

Editing Assistant Elective

Writing Assistant Elective

Professional Practices 1

Understanding the Industry 1

Learning Management 1

Resource Management 1

Production Practice 1

Pitching and Presentation 1

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