Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Foundations in Digital Music and Media explores applications of digital technology in current music-making and media-making practices. The course focuses on software-based approaches to music creation and publication providing fundamental skills in music arrangement and media production. Students will advance their level of creativity and digital media literacy while broadening their understanding of digital music applications in a range of software environments. The course is open to all UoN students who have an interest in music.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe fundamental music and media production techniques in the digital domain.

2. Manipulate and disseminate music in different media formats.

3. Creatively arrange music in a software environment.

4. Competently operate relevant music and media technologies.

5. Recognise visual music representations through software.


Course content includes:

• Recording and arranging music using software

• Digital media formats used for music and sound

• Online music dissemination methods

• Understanding music and media production software

• Fundamental music editing and processing skills

• Virtual studio technology and plug-ins

• Creative production techniques for music and media

• Graphical representations of music and sound

• Digital cultures and the modern musician

• Music and media in the context of mobile devices and social media

Assumed knowledge

This is a first year level course open to all students.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Music Production Research Task - 20%

Project: Creative Music Production Task - 40%

Project: Collaborative Production Task - 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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