Master of Digital Media

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Overview

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.

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Program Code

12388

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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.

What Will You Study?

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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 Media program 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 (10 units = 1 course)
3 Year Bachelor (in a non-related field of study) Two 120
3 Year Bachelor (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


Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Digital Media? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Digital Media. The Graduate Certificate is 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master. Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate you can apply for the Master of Digital Media and seek credit for the 4 courses you have already completed. 

For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Digital Media, please visit the program page.

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 12388
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

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 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

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.

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

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 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
CMNS6070 Narrative and Interactive Design Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
DESN6350 Design for Digital Media Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
INFT6300 Computer Games Design Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 60 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
CMNS6060 eCulture and Audiences Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
DESN6410 Usability and Interaction Design Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6005 Marketing Management and Planning 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 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 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6014 Digital Marketing 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
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)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MTEC6705 Music and Digital Media Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MTEC6707 Music and the Internet Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

Electives

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

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.

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.

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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