TV & Media

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 1st Year or 2nd Year 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 can also continue to 3rd Year 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 the Bible, personal doctrine 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.

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.

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.

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.

Personal Leadership: This subject introduces principles of spiritual leadership and is designed to assist the student in building godly character into their life as a Christian leader, both spiritually and practically. It covers critical issues including, integrity, core values, healthy living, relationships and finance.

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 a personal relationship to the public sphere.

Teamwork: This subject trains the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to work successfully in a team setting.

Communication in Ministry: This subject trains the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to successfully communicate in ministry settings.

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.

Certificate IV - Stream Subjects

In the 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.

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.

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 is 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 short film.

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.

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 a film.

Diploma of Ministry - Core Subjects

Taking 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 the first year by developing some basic exegetical skills appropriate for reading Old Testament texts accurately.


    • 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 into 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.


    • 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, an 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.


    • 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.


    • Team Leadership: One of the steps up into your second year is the 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.


    • 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 leadership style, practice and potential so that you can map out your leadership development trajectory.


    • 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.


Diploma of Ministry - Stream Subjects

In the 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 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 critical elements of any film project. You will work on new ideas and also analyse 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.

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, stabilising 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.

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.

Location Audio Recording Location Audio will teach you in-depth capturing of audio on location using the various microphone and recording methods. You will learn how to capture the 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 the film.

 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.

Production Management 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 on creating great projects that are both on time and on budget. This will involve lots of planning, but also obtain 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 throughout this subject.