Course summary

Content rules and digital media specialists are in strong demand in communication and marketing roles across Australia.

The Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications prepares you to tell stories that matter, and develop the creative and production skills for a career in today’s fast-paced media environment. 

State-of-the-art production facilities on Lismore campus include digital workstations and labs, radio and television studios, and location recording equipment such as broadcast-standard HD cameras, lighting and sound recording equipment.

This degree has strong links to the vibrant creative industries of the North Coast of NSW and beyond. 

Content rules and digital media specialists are in strong demand in communication and marketing roles across Australia.

The Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications prepares you to tell stories that matter, and develop the creative and production skills for a career in today’s fast-paced media environment. 

State-of-the-art production facilities on Lismore campus include digital workstations and labs, radio and television studios, and location recording equipment such as broadcast-standard HD cameras, lighting and sound recording equipment.

This degree has strong links to the vibrant creative industries of the North Coast of NSW and beyond. 

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 course includes a compulsory 100-hour professional placement with the possibility of gaining 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. 


Course overview

Course code

3007084

Course abbreviation

BDigMedCom

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

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

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $25,200 ($3,150 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 - 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 - Media Project Advanced
COM10627 - Digital Media Practices Introductory
HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory
COM10112 - Essential Screen Skills Intermediate
COM00481 - Journalism in the Digital Age Intermediate
AAD71104 - Photography and Digital Imaging Introductory
COM73001 - Cyborg, Virus, Algorithm: Concepts for Media Practice Advanced

Part B Minors


Course progressions

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. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

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
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
COM10112 - From Page to Production: Essential Screen Skills Intermediate
AAD71104 - Photography and Digital Imaging Introductory Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
COM73001 - Cyborg, Virus, Algorithm: Concepts for Media Practice Advanced
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective 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
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
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective 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
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
Minor unit OR elective
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1

Notes

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