The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts
Location

Online

Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 24 Aug 2020
Mode of delivery

Online

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

UON program code: 12388

Program handbook

Description

There is a rapidly growing worldwide investment in digital content for an expanding variety of delivery platforms, ranging from interactive and digital TV to personal mobile devices including phones and game consoles. Consequently, there is a growing need for professional with the knowledge and skills to create this content.

The Master of Digital Media is an 80 unit coursework program designed for students with a degree in any field who wish to obtain an understanding of the production and distribution of such media content via a number of digital platforms. The program allows individuals to choose courses according to their needs and background.

This innovative program explores pathways into a range of careers across digital media technology, from web and interactive media development, digital media industries, computer games and CGI effects development to consultancy, education and more.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • An ability to devise and produce original digital media content for a variety of professional contexts
  • A comprehensive knowledge of technologies fundamental to Digital Media, and the ability to maintain currency with new and emerging professional practice trends
  • A high level of communication skill using written, verbal and visual presentation techniques
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively as required
  • Attributes necessary for creative problem solving and critical analysis
  • A high level of skill in digital media project management
  • Advanced specialist skills and knowledge in one or more disciplines related to digital media content production
  • Cognition of legal and ethical aspects within the field of Digital Media
  • Scholarly attributes necessary for a high level of academic investigation
  • An ability to participate effectively and responsibly as members of the professional community at an advanced level
  • An awareness of the philosophical and social contexts for contemporary digital media

Details

Information correct as at23 Sep 2019 3:16 AM
Program code12388
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
Duration
  • Australian students - 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeTrimesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Business School
  2. School of Creative Industries
  3. School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Relevant University rules and policies

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master of Digital Media (Program Code 12388) will be based on student's academic qualifications as follows:

  • Students will have an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in a discipline not related to Digital Media and also have a minimum of two (2) years demonstrable RPL in a Digital Media related area: students will study the 120 unit program which can be completed in 1.5 years full time or 3 years part time study, or;
  • Students will have an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in Digital Media or related discipline: students will study the 120 unit program which can be completed in 1.5 years full time or 3 years part time study, or;
  • Students will have an AQF Level 8 Bachelor degree in a discipline different to Digital Media: students will study the 120 unit program which can be completed in 1.5 years full time or 3 years part time study, or;
  • Students will have an AQF Level 8 Bachelor degree in Digital Media or related discipline: students will study the 80 unit program which can be completed in 1 year full time or 2 years part time study.

Students must apply to the Program Convenor for recognition of relevant RPL. RPL applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

120 units

Program duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

Program requirements

Program requirements and the volume of learning are dependent on the student's prior academic qualifications.

To complete the Master of Digital Media:

Entry with a 3 year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a discipline not related to Digital Media, plus a demonstrated minimum of 2 years of recognised prior learning (RPL) in an Digital Media related area (also referred to as cognate area):

Volume of Learning is 120 units:

  • Core Courses - 40 units
  • Directed Courses - 60 units
  • Elective Course - 20 units

Students must apply to the Program Convenor or School of Design, Communication and Information Technology for demonstrated RPL in an Digital Media related area. These applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Entry with a 3 year bachelor degree (AQF Level 7)in a Digital Media related area :

Volume of Learning is 120 units:

  • Core Courses - 40 units
  • Directed Courses - 60 units
  • Elective Course - 20 units

Entry with a 4 year bachelor degree (AQF Level 8)in a discipline not related to Digital Media:

Volume of Learning is 120 units:

  • Core Courses - 40 units
  • Directed Courses - 60 units
  • Elective Course - 20 units

Entry with a 4 year bachelor degree (AQF Level 8) in a Digital Media related area  or a 3 year bachelor degree plus a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8) in Digital Media related area:

Volume of Learning is 80 units:

  • Core Courses - 20 units (CMNS6040 & CMNS6070)
  • Directed Courses - 40 units
  • Elective Course - 20 units

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Transition arrangements

Students who have commenced the non-AQF compliant program (Program Code 11713) prior to Trimester 1, 2015 will be able to complete the program that they have commenced in. Students enrolled in the non-AQF compliant programs will be advised about the availability of the new AQF compliant Master of Digital Media degree program (Program Code 12388), and will be encouraged to apply for admission. These students will be assessed and advised on advanced standing and credit available to them, on a case-by-case basis, upon application.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS6040Digital Video
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
CMNS6070Narrative and Interactive Design
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
DESN6350Design for Digital Media
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
INFT6300Computer Games Design
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 60 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CIND6010Narrative Media MakingNot currently offered10 units
CIND6011Interactive Media MakingNot currently offered10 units
CMNS6060eCulture and Audiences
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
DESN6410Usability and Interaction Design
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6005Marketing Management and Planning
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
GSBS6013Customer Decision Making and Behaviour
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
GSBS6014Digital Marketing
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
INFT6060The Digital Economy
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
INFT63023D Modelling Animation and RenderingNot currently offered10 units
INFT6303Computer Games ProductionNot currently offered10 units
INFT6304Project Planning and Management
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
MTEC6705Music and Digital Media
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
MTEC6707Music and the Internet
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units

Electives

Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

20 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.