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Program Code 12388
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
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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.

Why study with us?

What sets this program apart is the opportunity to study across both the technical and design aspects of Digital Media. With the opportunity to explore, develop and learn multiple skills, the innovative teaching and unique approach means you’ll be able to critically analyse digital media design. Drawing on the creative approach that you learn, you’ll have the knowledge and flexibility to apply your study to technologies or programs used across various work environments.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language 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 at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

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, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided 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. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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.

Requirements and Structure

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

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.

Course Information

Core Courses

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

Code Name Availability Units
CMNS6040 Digital Video Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
CMNS6070 Narrative and Interactive Design Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
DESN6350 Design for Digital Media Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
INFT6300 Computer Games Design Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 60 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
CMNS6060 eCulture and Audiences Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
DESN6410 Usability and Interaction Design Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6005 Marketing Management and Planning Trimester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6013 Customer Decision Making and Behaviour Trimester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6014 Digital Marketing Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6060 The Digital Economy Trimester 3 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6302 3D Modelling Animation and Rendering Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
INFT6303 Computer Games Production Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
MTEC6705 Music and Digital Media Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MTEC6707 Music and the Internet Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

Electives

Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.

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