TV & Media Stream
The TV and Media Stream is designed to equip students with a heart for Film and Television with the skills needed to tell impacting stories that resonate both inside the Church as well as in the industry.
How are subjects taught and who teaches them?
Our learning takes place in practical skills based workshop environments. This means all of our subjects are taught through hands-on activities with an emphasis on equipping you with the skills and the knowledge needed to succeed wherever God leads you. Our training staff are all professionals in the Film and Television Production Industry who have a heart for God’s Church. Guests currently working in the Film or Television industry are brought in throughout the semesters to compliment what is being taught in workshops or to provide special lectures.
What courses are specific to the TV and Media Stream?
From start to finish our courses are designed to give you a broad range of skills needed to function as a professional in the film and television industry or in your local church. In addition to our core leadership and Bible courses, as a student you will be enrolled in a variety of editing, camera operation, lighting, and production management courses. For a detailed list of subjects see below or refer to the Certificate IV or Diploma in TV and Media pages on our website for more information.
What opportunities are available as a TV and Media Student?
Along with the workshop environments, students will get the opportunity to outwork their learning in a variety of Hillsong College events as well as serve alongside our church TV team during weekend services and other major church projects. This will include assisting in the production of content for our Hillsong Channel, a 24/7-television channel broadcast around the world.
During the course of study, students will also get the opportunity to write and direct their own short-film using skills learned in the classroom.
What equipment will I need to bring?
Students in the TV and Media Stream will have the opportunity to be trained on and work with state-of–the-art broadcast equipment, Canon DSLR cameras, RED cinema cameras, the latest Adobe Creative Suite, Da Vinci Resolve, and much more! We provide all of the equipment you will need while studying with us so there is no need to worry about costly equipment fees on top of your tuition.
What certifications are available?
Our TV and Media courses are wrapped around a core of Leadership and Bible subjects giving the students a foundation to truly become world-class leaders in their sphere of influence. Students who complete the TV and Media specialization will also complete a range of industry-approved units equating to a transferrable Certificate IV or Diploma in Ministry in TV and Media. Students are also able to continue onto an Advanced Diploma or Degree while staying involved in TV within Hillsong College and Hillsong Church.
Certificate IV - Core subjects
If you’re going to serve Jesus, there are some things you just have to know. Core Subjects are done by all students and build a foundation of bible, doctrine personal leadership and ministry teamwork that can be applied in a wide range of life and ministry settings.
New Testament Introduction The books, themes and events of the New Testament in their cultural and historical context are introduced along with their application and relevance today. (48 hours | MINBIB401B Complete and apply a study based on the Biblical material to own life)
Old Testament Introduction The books, themes and events of the Old Testament in their cultural and historical context are introduced along with their application and relevance today. (48 hours | MINBIB401B Complete and apply a study based on the Biblical material to own life)
Christian Doctrine This subject identifies and explores a number of the major doctrines of the Bible, with the goal of building a solid foundation of truth for Christian life and ministry. (40 hours | MINTHY401B Identify and apply foundational theological concepts of Christianity)
Spirit-Filled Living The person and work of the Holy Spirit is introduced including an investigation of the baptism in the Spirit, spiritual gifts and ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit. (16 hours | MINLED401B Demonstrate Christian disciplines and spirituality)
Personal Leadership This subject introduces principles of spiritual leadership and is designed to assist the student in building godly character in to their life as a Christian leader, both spiritually and practically. It covers critical issues including, integrity, core values, healthy living, relationships and finance. (48 hours + 22 hours practicum | MINLED401B Demonstrate Christian disciplines and spirituality & MINLED402B Manage personal and ministry priorities holistically)
Personal Evangelism This subject is customised to equip students with the skills and understanding to effectively share the Gospel in a wide range of settings, from personal relationship to the public sphere. (16 hours | MINLED401B Demonstrate Christian disciplines and spirituality)
Teamwork This subject trains the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to work successfully in a team setting. (32 hours + 39 hours practicum | MINLED402B Manage personal and ministry priorities holistically & CHCORG303B Participate effectively in the work environment 1)
Communication in Ministry This subject trains the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to successfully communicate in ministry settings. (32 hours + 71 hours practicum | CHCORG303B Participate effectively in the work environment 1)
Church and Ministry A wide range of aspects of church ministry and culture are introduced from a biblical basis including how we make church relevant today. (16 hours + 80 hours practicum | MINLED405B Describe and contribute to effective Christian ministry)
1Unit drawn from CHC08 Community Services Training Package
2Unit drawn from BSB07 Business Services Training Package
3Units drawn from CUS09 Music Training Package
4Units drawn from CUA11 Live Performance Training Package
5Units drawn from CUF07 Screen and Media Training Package
6Units drawn from CUE03 Entertainment Training Package
Certificate IV - Stream Subjects
In first year, the TV and Media stream subjects begin to develop your camera and editing skills. You will be immersed into studio recording environments while getting hands-on experience in the world of cinematography and being apart of a working production chain. Students will also have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of other Film and Television projects within our College and Hillsong Church, including the creation of content for Hillsong Channel.
Introduction to Film & TV in Ministry
This subject introduces you to the role of Film and TV in ministry within the local church. It explores the power and possibilities of media for the communication of vision, facilitating worship, and building community in the life of the local church. It also investigates the use of film to communicate the Gospel in visually captivating and compelling ways to our society.
(16 hours | MINLED405B Describe and contribute to effective Christian ministry)
Studio Camera Operations
This subject involves operating broadcast camera equipment in a multi-camera studio environment to record broadcast quality TV content. This includes operating Broadcast Pedestals, Tripods, and Handhelds plus working and responding to a director all while working in state of the art TV control rooms and master control facilities. The foundations taught in this course will prepare you to participate in our various Hillsong Channel recordings as well as work within studio camera environments found throughout the world.
(36 hours | CUFCAM402A Shoot television content in a multi-camera environment)
Location Camera Operation
This subject includes operating cameras in a Film and Television environment. You will have the opportunity to learn the basics of cinematography on up-to-date Canon DSLR cameras while using industry-standard lighting and other video production equipment. Introductions into scriptwriting, lighting, shot composition, and production management are also taught in this course. Furthermore, you will learn basic location audio recording skills required for capturing sound on a shoot. The culmination of learning these skills will be used in the production of your own short film.
(48 hours | CUFCAM301A Shoot material for screen productions5)
Digital Video Editing
Using the latest 5K Apple iMacs, you will learn to edit a variety of video content on the most up to date Adobe Creative Cloud Suite including Premiere Pro and After Effects. This subject has a strong practical focus and hands-on approach to learning the art of editing. Some of the projects covered in this unit include cutting a multi-camera sermon using footage from Hillsong Television, green screen techniques, and being apart of the production chain in editing a short film shot by fellow students.
(48 hours | CUFPOS201A Perform basic vision and sound editing5)
Visual Design for Video
This subject involves learning and applying principles of design explored through the mediums of print, web, and video using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to deliver effective communication via the key elements of image and typography. Additionally, you will begin to learn how to use Adobe After Effects for the creation of motion graphics used in film.
(36 hours | CUFDIG304A Create visual design components5)
Diploma - Core Subjects
aking your Core studies further, these subjects will further strengthen your understanding of the Bible and theology, while adding key leadership skills to your ministry toolkit, so you can start empowering others to make a difference.
Old Testament Studies An in-depth look at key text in the Old Testament, focusing on Exodus and Psalms, analysing and interpreting major themes and applying them to a contemporary ministry. This subject builds upon the bible study skills you developed in first year by developing some basic exegetical skills appropriate for reading Old Testament texts accurately. (40 hours | MINBIB501B Interpret and apply the Bible)
New Testament Studies An in-depth look at key books and genres in the New Testament, focusing on Paul’s letter to the Romans and The Gospel of Luke. It will delve more deeply in to the cultural and historical settings of both books as it helps you cultivate some early exegetical skills that you can apply to the close study of other books of the New Testament. It will also help you analyse how you might apply these texts to contemporary Christian life and ministry. (40 hours | MINBIB501B Interpret and apply the Bible)
Pastoral Care This subject equips the student with the skills necessary to identify and effectively deal with pastoral care issues that arise in a ministry setting. These topics include: identifying issues, effective consultation and referral, overview of key pastoral issues, such as grief and loss, relational issues and crisis care. It will also help you think through the biblical and theological dimensions of caring for people so that you can grapple with many of the difficult issues that come up in pastoral ministry. (32 hours | MINPST501B Interpret and apply pastoral theology in a ministry setting)
Theology This subject builds on the concepts and skills you developed in Christian Doctrine and Church History in your first year. It discusses and develops major theological concepts, seeing how they developed through church history, and explores the diversity of theological viewpoints across a range of Christian traditions. The strengths and weaknesses of different positions will be assessed, along with their implications for life and ministry in a modern-day church setting. (40 hours | MINTHY501B Interpret and apply theological concepts)
Team Leadership One of the steps up into your second year is level of leadership responsibility you will be trained to carry. In this subject you will be equipped with the understanding and diverse skills you need to lead and build teams in a ministry environment. It will help you build your capacity to recruit people to your team, build a great team atmosphere, manage your team to meet challenging ministry goals, and develop the people in your team to fulfil their God-given potential. (40 hours + 170 hours practicum | MINLED504A Integrate and apply biblical, theological and ministry concepts in a ministry setting, BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness, BSBWOR501A Manage personal work priorities and professional development & BSBMGT401A Show leadership in the workplace1)
Leadership Development This subject combines with Team Leadership to give you a well-rounded understanding of leadership, and your pathways forward as you develop as a leader. In particular, this subject focusses on a range of leadership theories, from the academic and business worlds, and explores their implications and application to Christian ministry and leadership. In the process you will be enabled to think about your own leadership style, practice and potential, so that you can map out your leadership development trajectory. (40 hours + 70 hours practicum | MINLED504A Integrate and apply biblical, theological and ministry concepts in a ministry setting, BSBWOR501A Manage personal work priorities and professional development & BSBMGT401A Show leadership in the workplace1)
Ministry Safety Focussing on one of the key responsibilities of modern ministry leaders, this subject equips you with the skills and information you need to assess and maintain safety in a ministry environment. Topics include: managing risk, dealing with emergencies and Health and Safety policies and procedures. (8 hours | BSBOHS304B Contribute to OHS hazard control1)
1Units drawn from BSB07 Business Services Training Package
2Unit drawn from PSP04 Public Sector Training Package
3Units drawn from CUS09 Music Training Package
4Units drawn from CUF07 Screen and Media Training Package
Diploma - Stream Subjects
In second year, the TV and Media stream subjects continue onto an advanced level in developing your camera and editing skills. All this happens while adding more in depth audio, directing, producing, and scriptwriting training. The skills contribute to give you everything you need to start making your own impacting films that communicate the message of Jesus!
Using the skills learned in their various classes, students will write, shoot, and edit a 5-7 minute short film throughout their Diploma year. Students will also have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of other Film and Television projects within our College and Hillsong Church including the creation of content for Hillsong Channel.
Storytelling for the Screen
Story is one of the most important elements of any film project. You will work on new ideas and also analyze popular scripts to gain a broad understanding of modern day storytelling. Here you will learn how to write stories in a range of contexts using appropriate structures and creative narrative development techniques.
(40 hours | CUFWRT402A Write extended stories4)
Location Camera Operation 2
Deepen your understanding of storytelling using the camera by exploring principles of cinematography including: camera movement, cinema cameras, lighting, framing, and how to reach that cinematic look.
You will get to work practically and learn the theory of operating a variety of film equipment such as RED cameras, stabilizing equipment like the DJI Ronin, and more. These skills will enable you to contribute as a skilled Camera Operator or Director of Photography on a shoot.
(48 hours | CUFCAM401A Shoot a wide range of television content4)
Advanced Digital Video Editing Techniques
Here you will build on your first year of editing courses by deepening your understanding of digital video editing fundamentals, Adobe After Effects, and learning the process of colour grading via Da Vinci Resolve. Classes will focus on working in fast paced, high productivity environments and on various film elements including a short documentary/testimony video.
(48 hours | CUFPOS401A Edit screen content for fast turnaround4)
Location Audio Recording
Location Audio will teach you in depth capturing of audio on location using various microphone and recording methods. You will learn how to capture sound that will enhance the visual elements of your story while gaining the skills necessary to perform basic post-production audio corrections needed in mastering tracks for film.
(32 hours | CUSSOU406A Record sound on location4)
Lighting For Film
Knowing how to manipulate and properly light a set will take your projects from average to beautiful masterpieces. Here you will learn techniques for lighting a film including how to create moods, looks, and colours all while working with different cameras and lighting equipment to create the cinematic look. The course is taught through observation of films and hands-on in-class experiences.
(32 hours | CUFLGT401A Implement lighting design4)
In this subject you will develop the skills and knowledge needed to coordinate resources across a range of screen and media activities, allowing you and your team to create great projects that are both on time and to budget. This will involve lots of planning, but also obtaining the proper permissions and licenses, such as buying stock footage, how to properly respect copyrights, and gaining approval for large-scale public shoots. Casting and finding the right team for your productions is also covered in this subject.
(40 hours | CUFPPM403A Coordinate film and media production services and resources4)