Prospective and newly commencing students should refer to our new program

Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.

Program handbook


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.


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Program code11713
Mode of delivery
  • Combination of Online and Face to Face
  • Online
  • Australian students - 1 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 years full-time.
Term typeSemesters and Trimesters
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
CRICOS Code062460C

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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

80 units

Program duration

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

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program requirements

The program requires the completion of 80 units of courses consisting of 60 units of Group A courses and 20 units of Group B courses.

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 commenced the program prior to 2012 and have:

  • successfully completed GSBS6010 and/or GSBS6021 will be able to count them towards List B- Directed Courses.
  • failed GSBS6010 or have not yet completed it, may enrol GSBS6005.
  • failed GSBS6021 or have not yet completed it, may enrol GSBS6013.

This program revision is effective from Trimester 3, 2010.  Continuing students in the on campus mode of this program will be offered a direct equivalent in the on-line mode as the courses within the program exist as both online and campus mode and are offered simultaneously in both modes.

For further information, you are advised to contact your Program Officer or Program Convenor to discuss individual transition arrangements.

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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Directed Courses Group A

Choose 60 units from Group A - Directed Courses (minimum)

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS6040Digital Video
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
10 units
CMNS6070Narrative and Interactive Design
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (GradSchool)
10 units
DESN6350Design for Digital Media
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
10 units
DESN6410Usability and Interaction Design
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6300Computer Games Design
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT63023D Modelling Animation and RenderingNot currently offered10 units
INFT6304Project Planning and Management
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses Group B

Choose 20 units from Group B - Directed Courses (maximum)

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS6060eCulture and Audiences
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
10 units
COMP6050Internet CommunicationsNot currently offered10 units
GSBS6005Marketing Management and Planning
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
GSBS6013Customer Decision Making and Behaviour
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6303Computer Games ProductionNot currently offered10 units
MTEC6707Music and the Internet
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
10 units
SENG6110Object Oriented Programming
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
10 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

International students can only study this program online offshore.

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