Course summary

Digital media is everywhere today – our social lives, our business lives and our personal identities are inseparable from the media technologies that underpin them.

The internet, smart-phones and social media have changed the face of the media industries, introducing a revolution in citizen journalism and a new way to interact with broadcast media.

Journalists today need to do more than write a good story – they need to take the photograph, record the interview, edit the video, lay out the blog entry AND write a good story.

The entertainment industry is changing too, as new digital camera technologies change how entertainment is created, and as mobile and interactive devices change the contexts in which entertainment content is consumed.

The traditional media industries are merging, converging and evolving. Media producers have to adapt to this changing environment.

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

In addition, students have the opportunity to study in a range of areas to focus and refine their expertise and can choose four-unit minors from:

  • digital design
  • journalism
  • screen media
  • digital marketing
  • music and technology
  • creative writing
  • visual culture

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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

Creativity

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

Ethical practice

Apply an understanding of ethical values and practices to media production and analysis, and professional practice.

Knowledge of a discipline

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

Lifelong learning

Work independently and collaboratively on media projects in response to project demands.

Demonstrate the ability to self-direct and evaluate their own learning, and make a confident transition to professional life.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate the ability to communicate and collaborate with individuals, and within teams, in professional media and community settings.

Cultural competence

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

This degree has strong links to the vibrant creative industries of the North Coast of NSW and beyond. The degree includes a compulsory professional placement unit (70-100 hours) at the closing stages of the course. This unit enables students to gain practical workplace experience within relevant organisations. Students have worked at radio and television stations, in newspapers and on film shoots, for film festivals and publishing houses, for graphic design and post-production companies, and for local and state government.


Course overview

Course code

3007084

Course abbreviation

BDigMedCom

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 333103 053041
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $24,000 ($3,000 per unit) 091527D

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. three four (4) unit minors listed in Part B; OR
    3. two four (4) unit minors listed in Part B and four (4) elective units; OR
    4. one four (4) unit minor listed in Part B and eight (8) elective units
    5. elective units are any university wide undergraduate unit.
    6. students must complete no more than ten (10) units at Introductory level and no less than six (6) units at Advanced level
  2. To be eligible for the award of the Associate Degree of Digital Media and Communications a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (162 credit points) comprising:
    1. twelve (12) units from Part A or Part B and
    2. four (4) elective units.
  3. A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications, has completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Digital Media and Communications may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Digital Media and Communications following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications degree.
  4. To be eligible for the award of Diploma of Digital Media and Communications a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising any unit from Parts A or B.
  5. A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications, has completed the requirements for the Diploma of Digital Media and Communications may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Digital Media and Communications following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications degree.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
COM10110 - Visual Communication and Design Introductory
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory
COM10112 - From Page to Production: Essential Screen Skills Intermediate
COM00481 - The Fourth Estate: News Journalism Intermediate
AAD71104 - Photography and Digital Imaging Introductory
COM73001 - Cyborg, Virus, Algorithm: Concepts for Media Practice Advanced

Part B Minors


Course progressions

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

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Visual Communication and Design Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
COM00481 - The Fourth Estate: News Journalism Intermediate
AAD71104 - Photography and Digital Imaging Introductory Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
COM10112 - From Page to Production: Essential Screen Skills Intermediate
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
COM73001 - Cyborg, Virus, Algorithm: Concepts for Media Practice Advanced
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 2 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 2 and so on.
Year 1, Session 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
COM00481 - The Fourth Estate: News Journalism Intermediate
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Visual Communication and Design Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
AAD71104 - Photography and Digital Imaging Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
COM10112 - From Page to Production: Essential Screen Skills Intermediate
COM73001 - Cyborg, Virus, Algorithm: Concepts for Media Practice Advanced
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
Minor unit OR elective
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1 Note 1

Notes

Note 1: Students must complete at least one Part B Minor. Students can complete a maximum of 8 electives.