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Program Code12388

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:

  • a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and or learning
  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • displayed a high level of professional proficiency in the utilisation of technology appropriate to the given context.
  • applied advanced entrepreneurial production planning and decision-making skills in managing and developing a project.
  • through developing a professional creative project, demonstrated an understanding of ethical, legal, social and global issues.

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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.
  • International students - 1.5 years full-time.
Term typeTrimesters
Fees
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Admission information

Admission requirements

The Master of Digital Media is an 80 or 120-unit postgraduate qualification.

For admission into the 80 unit program, applicants must have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or
  • Bachelor Honours Degree; or
  • Bachelor Degree in a related field plus one year’s relevant work experience; or
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus five years' relevant work experience.

For admission into the 120 unit program, applicants must have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

  • Bachelor Degree in a related field; or
  • At least seven years’ relevant work experience.

Related fields and relevant work experience includes digital media technology, web and interactive media development, digital media industries, computer games, CGI effects development, consultancy and education.

Work experience can be identified through: certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

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.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.


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 for more information on applying 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 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 from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Additional documents


Transition arrangements

Program Revisions 2021

From 2021 there are changes to the Core and Directed courses in the program.

  • INFT6300 Computer Games Design has been removed from the Core Course list and replaced with CIND6001 Research for the Creative Industries.
    • If you have completed INFT6300 prior to 2021 this will count towards your program and you must not enrol in CIND6001
    • If you have not already completed INFT6300 you will complete CIND6001 instead.
  • MTEC6705 Music and Digital Media and MTEC6707 Music and the Internet have been removed from the Directed course list.
    • If you have completed MTEC6705 and/or MTEC6707 prior to 2021 this will count towards the Directed course requirements of the program.

 


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 the program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CIND6001Research for the Creative Industries
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CMNS6040Digital Video
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
CMNS6070Narrative and Interactive Design
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
DESN6350Design for Digital Media
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 60 units from the following directed courses to complete the requirements of the program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CIND6010Narrative Media MakingNot currently offered10 units
CIND6011Interactive Media MakingNot currently offered10 units
CMNS6060eCulture and Audiences
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
DESN6410Usability and Interaction DesignNot currently offered10 units
GSBS6005Marketing Management and Planning
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (UNCIE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (UNCIE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (UNCIE)
10 units
GSBS6013Customer Decision Making and Behaviour
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
GSBS6014Digital Marketing
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
INFT6060The Digital Economy
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
INFT63023D Modelling Animation and RenderingNot currently offered10 units
INFT6303Computer Games ProductionNot currently offered10 units
INFT6304Project Planning and Management
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (UNCIE)
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

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

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 College 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.

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