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Start Date
January, April, July, September

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
Online

Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code
XBDM

Study as
Full-time or part-time

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Degree overview

  • Develop essential digital skills including graphic and web design, social media management, content creation, video and audio production, animation and digital storytelling.
  • Upskill in a range of digital areas required by businesses, government departments and not-for-profits who are increasingly bringing digital functions in-house.
  • Create an industry-standard portfolio to add to your resume and get hands-on experience using the latest digital software.
  • Learn to bring creative ideas to life in visually engaging ways to help businesses and their brands communicate with people more effectively.
  • Complement your digital media expertise with electives from a range of disciplines including business, marketing, IT and data analytics, and communication.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Study On Demand – a 100% online digital media degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Learn to unlock your creativity, and bring your ideas to life in visually engaging ways – whether that be through an animation that grabs someone’s interest, a video that moves people to act, an online game that helps students learn, or a social media campaign that goes viral!

Our digital media degree is a primer into the broad range of practical and technical skills that employers are telling us they need. You’ll learn in a creative environment that integrates the latest technology and creative practice, using the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software that you’ll have access to for free.

At the end of your degree, you'll come out as an excellent visual storyteller with a broad foundation in essential design skills including video and documentary production, animation and visual effects, digital humanities and graphic design.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The Bachelor of Digital Media is an innovative degree that gives you the technical skills and capabilities for a career in the creative media industries.

You will learn about:

  • digital humanities, and you’ll develop skills in video and documentary production
  • the creative process, digital forms of interactive text and image making, web design, multimedia and digital design
  • historical and cultural views of contemporary media scapes within the digital environment
  • how the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum) sector has been radically transformed by technological innovation

You can tailor your degree to your interests and broaden your career prospects through your choice of electives. You can select four electives from any other UniSA Online degrees.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.

We have some great tools that will help you organise your study schedule. Your personalised learning planner allows you to keep on top of assessments and study workload while managing work and personal commitments.

Assessment

Assessment

All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports


Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

Second year
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UO Animation Design (GRAP 2035) , Note(s): 2
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Elective 1
, Note(s): 1 , Rule(s): 1
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Elective 2
, Rule(s): 1
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Third year
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UO Web Design (GRAP 3015)
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Elective 3
, Rule(s): 1
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Elective 4
, Rule(s): 1
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Study Digital Media on Demand

Dr Claire Aitchison, Academic Developer: UniSA Online gives an insight into what the Digital Media degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

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Why Bachelor of Digital Media

Why this Degree

Practical experience is an important focus of this degree. Right from the beginning, you'll be working on projects that you can add to your digital portfolio - and potentially use to land that next big role. 

Our teachers have years of professional experience so you’ll be learning from some of the most experienced, innovative and tech-savvy people in the field. You'll also benefit from our close relationships with industry experts. We have strong relationships with creative agencies such as Kojo Productions, Frame Creative and the Media Resource Centre.

In a dynamic and innovative field, staying on top of digital trends is important. Your studies will cover the most current practices using the latest technologies and digital media that are leading and informing the way we communicate.

You’ll learn in an immersive online environment, supported by designers and educators skilled in a variety of digital media disciplines. You’ll have the opportunity to engage and connect with others and practice critiquing other’s work – something that creative industry workers do all the time. Your interactions with teaching staff and fellow students will mirror the collaborative relationships you will experience as a digital media professional, setting you up well for your future career.

Your career

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Almost half of those employed in creative occupations work within non-creative industries - these are often referred to as ‘embedded’ creative roles – and these types of jobs are on the rise. As more businesses bring digital and design functions in-house, more opportunities are being created for people with these skills.

Creative roles are found in almost every industry - from business, healthcare, financial services, IT, to community organisations, not-for-profit and government departments. Freelance careers are currently on the rise and popular among professionals in the creative industries because of the flexibility it brings.

A UniSA Online Digital Media degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Digital content creator/ producer: Possess a broad technical skill set and an excellent understanding of digital media to create blog posts, videos, memes, GIFs, infographics, podcasts; and work with analytics and search engine optimisation tools.

  • Digital and social media manager: research social media platforms and tools; develop social media campaign strategies and plans, implement and monitor social activity; integrate social media elements into broader communication functions; and develop social media engagement policies for the workplace.

  • Online journalist: combine traditional reporting skills with digital technology to develop interesting and engaging stories, and interact with audiences in new ways; present news and features on current affairs in the form of text, photos, audio and/or videos, and disseminate news through digital media technology and social media channels.

  • Visual communication designer: responsible for a broad range of visual communication design elements including website design and development, video production, art, illustration and graphic design; and use software applications to create visual design elements for publishers, web developers and multimedia companies.

  • Web designer: plan, create and code web pages to fit client needs; review website design elements and information architecture; analyse client needs and develop relevant documentation; design graphics, animations, apps and manipulate digital images; work with different content management systems; adhere to web accessibility standards; and collaborate with other web specialists including web developers and graphic designers.

  • Digital marketing and communication officer: develop and manage digital marketing campaigns; utilise a range of techniques including paid search, search engine optimisation, and pay per click strategies; oversee the social media strategy for a company; create email marketing campaigns; report on website performance and other digital activities.

  • Virtual reality curator: manage the acquisition, preservation, display and promotion of innovative virtual and/or augmented reality collections; collaborate with tech designers who work in 3D and use various computer programs to create animation that can mimic a world, or make a whole new one; and stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry.

  • Freelancer: build a client base and gather a strong portfolio of work to present to potential clients when looking for creative work; interact with clients and understand their needs; be highly organised and flexible, and work towards tight deadlines. Common freelancing jobs include writing, editing, web design and graphic design.

     

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Four start dates in January, April, June and September
  • Learn in 10-week blocks
  • 24/7 access to learning resources
  • Online student support services seven days a week
  • All content available from the start of your course
  • Flexible around your life
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • Online credit check

Why UniSA Online?

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Our graduates get jobs

You will be studying with a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career, or take it to the next level. In fact, UniSA undergraduates studying online have graduate employment rates well above the national average1.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

 1Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online tutor support seven days a week

Our tutors provide highly personalised support tailored to your needs. Along with guidance on assignments, they’ll provide advice on writing and referencing. If you have a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response within 24 hours. Tutors are available seven days a week, including weeknights.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop-shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

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What others are saying

"I chose to study Digital Media because it’s an area that doesn’t have an end game. There is always going to be a need for digital skills, and the next new thing is always around the corner. Studying this degree has ignited my passion more than I initially thought."

Corey Wade

Bachelor of Digital Media

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Corey Wade

Bachelor of Digital Media

Industry facts

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Employment for performing arts technicians in Australia is projected to increase by 15.9 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Between now and 2020, the total Australian media and entertainment market will reach $47.4 billion1.

1PwC Media and Entertainment Outlook report 2016

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By 2020 employment for film, television, radio and stage directors in Australia is projected to increase by 14 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java, and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get free access to Adobe Creative Cloud - access the entire collection of Adobe desktop and mobile apps, including essentials like Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to Lynda.com - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

Online Course Facilitator

I have thirty years of experience as a journalist and digital media specialist and eighteen years experience as an academic in media at UniSA. I’m passionate about digital media and storytelling and established an innovative and entrepreneurial digital journalism site and business two years ago called Stories Well Told. Organisations I’ve worked with include News Limited, the ABC, the Motor Accident Commission, Anglicare, Statewide Super, RenewalSA and many local, state and federal government departments and digital media creative agencies. I have also been a judge of the South Australian Media Awards for eight years and a member of a number of professional organisations.

Katrina McLachlan

Online Course Facilitator

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Katrina McLachlan

Online Course Facilitator

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How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your eligibility
    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to continue your application, save it for later or request a call back from a Degree Adviser if you have any questions.

  2. Receive your conditional offer
    Once you complete the eligibility checker, you’ll receive an email with your conditional offer to start studying with UniSA Online. It will have all the information you need to complete your application.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents
    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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