Overview

Master of Digital Media

More and more, society is experiencing the continued advancement of technology, permeating our environments and affecting how we interact with the world. As society relies on and expects ongoing advancement, the demand for technical experts continues to grow.

The Master of Digital Media has been designed to develop the digital media skills and knowledge of professionals in almost any field, providing a stepping stone to a new career or to enhance your current one.

You will explore this field through a range of progressive subjects including digital video, computer games design, internet communications, software engineering and much more. You will learn the latest techniques and information in digital design and production. It will enhance your knowledge and encourage and embrace your creativity, whist providing you with the practical skills to translate ideas to reality.

At the completion of your studies you will be able to offer more in your current role or seek new positions in the areas of website design, animation, digital post-production, digital visual effects production and post-production supervision.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Digital Media at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Digital Media is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Would you like to understand and have the ability to develop new and innovative digital media technology? This program has been designed to educate any graduate in developing their digital media skills and knowledge as well as providing a comprehensive portfolio of work in your chosen speciality.

The University of Newcastle’s Masters in Digital Media will see you explore courses such as design, project planning and management, 3D modelling animation, digital video, narrative and interactive design.

Requiring the successful completion of 80 to 160 units depending on your entry level qualifications, this program is suited to people who are not only looking to build their skills in digital media production but deepen their understanding of the production and distribution of effective and innovative content in the digital space.

The University of Newcastle is the only University to provide this degree entirely online, offering you complete flexibility. To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'study' tab.

Career Pathways

Digital media is a rapidly changing environment, continuously evolving to meet increasing expectations of continual improvement and enhancement. The ever evolving existing and emerging technologies shape the way we communicate.

The Master of Digital Media will introduce you to new areas of digital media or will help to expand your existing knowledge, giving you an advantage in this competitive job market, enabling you to pursue careers in

  • website design
  • animation
  • digital post production
  • digital visual effects production
  • post-production supervision.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Digital Media visit the ‘details’ tab.

Specialisations

The University of Newcastle has worked to develop a contemporary and unique program that is highly regarded both nationally and internationally. Geared around the theoretical and practical application of the technical and design aspects of digital media, the Master of Digital Media will provide you with expertise using the most current software tools to enhance your learning experience.

You will develop and learn new skills, sharpen your ability to critically analyse digital media design and engage in modern teaching techniques with the end goal of being able to apply your newly acquired knowledge across a range of work environments.

With the ability to tailor your program to suit your individual interests, you can undertake courses in:

  • eCulture and audiences
  • internet communications
  • marketing management and planning
  • customer decision making and behaviour
  • computer games production
  • music and the internet
  • introduction to software engineering.

Throughout your studies you will develop a comprehensive portfolio or show-reel of your works. This means you will finish your postgraduate studies with an impressive snapshot of works which can be used to promote yourself and your newly developed skills and qualifications.

To find out more about where the Master of Digital Media can lead you, visit the 'careers' tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Master of Digital Mediaprogram is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

The table below outlines the  number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience Units required to complete Masters
3 year Bachelor degree in a non-related field of study Two 120
3 year Bachelor degree in a related field of study Zero 120
Bachelor (Hons) degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a non-related field of study Zero 120
Bachelor (Hons) degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a related field of study Zero 80

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide 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.

Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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