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Bachelor of Digital Media

Bachelors Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    BDigMed

  • Course code

    3007084

  • Credit points

    288


Overview

Content is key and as creators of content, digital media specialists are in strong demand for communication and marketing roles across Australia.

This course prepares you to tell the stories that matter, while you develop the creative and production skills you need to forge a career in today’s fast-paced media environments.

You’ll develop skills in writing, production, visual and research skills, and gain access to work experience opportunities and networks of industry professionals across the media and communications spectrum.

Southern Cross University is proud to partner with Australia’s premier regional industry association Screenworks to provide mentoring and internship opportunities for our creative arts students. Students have the opportunity to learn from screen industry leaders, building the knowledge and networks they need for successful creative careers.

Learn more about this degree in the digital media showcase.

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Analyse, interpret and evaluate issues, texts, sources and problems through creative, critical and reflective thinking in Australian and global media contexts.

GA2: Creativity

Conceptualise, initiate, develop, deliver and promote industry-standard outcomes,and increasingly complex skills, across a range of traditional and emerging media forms.

GA3: Ethical practice

Learn and apply an understanding of academic skills, ethical values and practices to media production and analysis, and professional practice.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a broad, integrated command of knowledge of media industries, theories and practices in Australian and global contexts

GA5: Lifelong learning

Demonstrate the ability to self-direct and self-evaluate learning. Work independently and collaboratively on media projects in response to project and professional demands.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a wide range of professional media and community settings.

GA7: Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness of diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives in professional practice.

This course includes a compulsory 100-hour professional placement that allows you to gain invaluable workplace experience across the media and communications spectrum: at radio or television stations, in newspapers and publishing houses, on film shoots, at film festivals or in graphic design or post-production companies. 

Students in this degree will learn the core skills required for a future in the digital media industries of today:

  • Visual communication and design
  • Digital video production and storytelling
  • Journalism and news writing
  • Media theory and analysis.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coomera Term 1 N/A N/A
Lismore Term 1 , Term 3 N/A N/A
Online Term 1 , Term 3 N/A N/A

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Digital Media, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points) comprising:

  • 20 core units (240 credit points), and
  • 4 equivalent elective units (48 credit points).

Exit awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Digital Media after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising 16 core units as per the Schedule of Units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Digital Media after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising 8 core units as per the Schedule of Units.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Notes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

WRIT1003 Written Communication
Term1,3
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
MDIA1001 Media Studies
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
MDIA1002 Visual Communication and Design
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
CRTV1002 Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
Term4
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby N/A
Term4
Anti-requisites AAD71103 - Design Fundamentals ART00630 - Design ART10094 - Digital Art and Design I
MDIA1004 Journalism in the Digital Age
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
MDIA2006 Film Studies
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
ARTD1004 Photography and Digital Imaging
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Anti-requisites ART10275 - Digital Photography I
MDIA1003 Digital Media Practices
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Digital Media after completing the above eight (8) units

Second Year

MRKT1001 Marketing Principles
Dual Term2
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
China - TUST N/A
Dual Term2
Melbourne N/A
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby N/A
Term1
Perth N/A
Term1
Sydney N/A
Term1
INDG1004 Aboriginal Cultural Strengths
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term1
Term1
MDIA2004 Making Radio and Podcasts
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
MRKT2004 Marketing Communications
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Melbourne N/A
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby N/A
Term2
Perth N/A
Term2
Sydney N/A
Term2
Enrolment information It is strongly recommended that you have completed Marketing Principles or the equivalent unit prior to enrolling in this unit.
COMM2002 Screenwriting
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
MDIA2002 Essential Screen Skills
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
COMM2003 Animation Theory and Practice
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment information Familiarity with industry standard design software would be an advantage.
MDIA3001 Advanced Screen Production
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Digital Media after completing the above sixteen (16) units

Third Year

Elective
Elective
COMM3002 Professional Placement
Dual Term2
Tri Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Dual Term2
Tri Term2
Dual Term2
Pre-requisites Students must have completed 192 credit points (typically 16 units) in their degree.
Enrolment information This is a capstone unit that integrates the knowledge you have developed during your degree. To enrol in this unit you should have completed units equivalent to 192 credit points. Enquiries should be directed to the Professional Experience Coordinator, through wil@scu.edu.au.
ARTD3005 Advanced Digital Imaging
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Pre-requisites ARTD1004 - Photography and Digital Imaging
Anti-requisites ART00456 - Photography II
Elective
Elective
MDIA2005 Video Journalism
Term5
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term5
Term5
Lismore
Term5
Term5
Online
Term5
N/A
COMM3003 Media Project
Tri Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Tri Term2
Tri Term2

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
WRIT1003 Written Communication
MDIA1001 Media Studies
MDIA1002 Visual Communication and Design
CRTV1002 Create: Innovate: Change
MDIA1004 Journalism in the Digital Age
MDIA2006 Film Studies
ARTD1004 Photography and Digital Imaging
MDIA1003 Digital Media Practices
Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Digital Media after completing the above eight (8) units.
MRKT1001 Marketing Principles
INDG1004 Aboriginal Cultural Strengths
MDIA2004 Making Radio and Podcasts
MRKT2004 Marketing Communications
COMM2002 Screenwriting
MDIA2002 Essential Screen Skills
COMM2003 Animation Theory and Practice
MDIA3001 Advanced Screen Production
Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Digital Media after completing the above sixteen (16) units
MDIA2005 Video Journalism
COMM3002 Professional Placement
ARTD3005 Advanced Digital Imaging
COMM3003 Media Project
Plus four university wide electives