Graduate Certificate in Digital Media

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Overview

Technology is continually advancing, permeating our environments and affecting how we interact with the world. As society increasingly relies on technology ranging from interaction and digital TV to personal devices including phones and game consoles and with ongoing advancement expected, the demand for technical experts continues to grow.

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Media at the University of Newcastle has been designed to develop professional digital media skills and knowledge to be applied to almost any field, providing the stepping stone to a new career or to enhance you’re the one you are already in.

You will explore a range of progressive subjects including digital video, 3D modelling animation and rendering, computer games design and much more. 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 Graduate Certificate in Digital Media at a time that suits you.

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Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Online
On Campus + Online

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Number of Courses
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Program Code

12387

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Online
On Campus + Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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Program Code

12387

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Is It For You?

Would you like to possess the skills and knowledge to develop new and innovative digital media technology? The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Digital Media has been designed to enhance the digital media skills and knowledge of individuals from a vast range of disciplines. At the end of the program you will have developed a comprehensive portfolio of work in your chosen speciality enabling you to visually present your skills to a prospective employer.

Delivered online, you will explore courses such as design, project planning and management, music and the internet, digital video, narrative and interactive design. The University of Newcastle is the only university to provide this program entirely online, offering you complete flexibility.

Specialisations

The University of Newcastle has worked to develop a contemporary program geared around the theoretical and practical application of the technical and design aspects of digital media. The Graduate Certificate in Digital Media will provide you with practical expertise using the most current software tools to enhance your learning experience.

Considered to be a stepping stone to explore, develop and learn multiple skills, the program will develop your ability to critically analyse digital media design and apply the acquired knowledge across a range of work environments.

The innovative teaching and unique approach focuses on hands-on practical work that can be applied to real world projects as well as the latest software.

The program can be tailored to suit your individual interests with a range of courses to choose from. Here are a few examples:

  • eCulture and audiences
  • digital video
  • narrative and interactive design
  • computer games production
  • music and the internet
  • 3D modelling animation and rendering.

Career Opportunities

Digital media is a rapidly changing environment, continuously evolving to meet increasing expectations for continual improvement and enhancement.

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. Requiring the successful completion of 40 units (4 courses), you will be provided with a solid foundation to begin exploring careers in digital media. If you are interested in a more comprehensive learning experience, you may want to consider the Master of Digital Media.

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 Graduate Certificate in Digital Media program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination or education and/or work experience.

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

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
3 Year Bachelors (in a related field of study) Zero
3 Year Bachelors (in a non-related field of study) One
Advance Diploma or Associate Degree (in a related field of study) One
Advance Diploma or Associate Degree (in a non-related field of study) Two
Diploma (in a related field of study) Three
Diploma (in a non-related field of study) Four

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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Courses and Details

Program Code 12387
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Digital Media (Program Code 12387) will be based on studen’s academic qualifications as follows:

  • Students will have an AQF Level 5 Diploma in a discpline not related to Digital Media and also have a minimum of four (4) years demonstrable RPL in a Digial Media related area, or;
  • Students will have an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Digital Media or related discpline and also have a minimum of three (3) years demonstrable RPL in a Digial Media related area, or;
  • Students will have an AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a discpline not related to Digital Media and also have a minimum of two (2) years demonstrable RPL in a Digial Media related area, or;
  • Students will have an AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in Digital Media or related discpline and also have a minimum of one (1) year demonstrable RPL in a Digial Media related area, or;
  • Students will have an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a discpline not related to Digital Media and also have a minimum of one (1) year demonstrable RPL in a Digial Media related area.

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

Transition Arrangements

Students who have commenced the non-AQF compliant program (Program Code 11712) 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 Graduate Certificate in Digital Media program (Program Code 12387), 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.

Requirements and Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Media (12387) requires the successful completion or 40 units of study including 20 units of prescribed core courses and a further 20 units of program directed course. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Media can be used as an entry qualification with credit for the Master of Digital Media (12388) degree program.

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 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
DESN6350 Design for Digital Media Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
CMNS6060 eCulture and Audiences Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
CMNS6070 Narrative and Interactive Design Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
DESN6410 Usability and Interaction Design Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6005 Marketing Management and Planning Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6013 Customer Decision Making and Behaviour Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
GSBS6014 Digital Marketing Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
INFT6060 The Digital Economy Trimester 3 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6300 Computer Games Design Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6302 3D Modelling Animation and Rendering Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6303 Computer Games Production Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
MTEC6705 Music and Digital Media Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MTEC6707 Music and the Internet Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

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.

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.

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.

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