UNSW Australia

UNSW Art and Design

Master of Digital Media


UNSW Sydney, NSW

Sydney, New South 2052


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Digital Media

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Masters of Digital Media (MDM) is a three semester coursework masters that provides a challenging postgraduate experience in the practice and theory of contemporary media production. Students focus on studies in audio and specialise in their choice of either 3D CGI or video production. They are provided with intensive studio instruction, preparing them for the production of a major studio project in the third session.

Electives in interactive media and digital imaging are amongst a range of practical and theoretical studies that complement the core studio classes of the program.

The MDM is geared at digital media, design and fine arts graduates, with study in a related digital media area, who would like to add to their existing skill set.

Students can also apply for the Graduate Diploma (two semesters full-time) or Graduate Certificate (one semester full-time).


The MDM emphasises specific studio practice in the following key areas:


Studies in digital video in the MDM encompass group projects in drama and documentary production and cutting-edge graphics work using sophisticated compositing software. Students are exposed to the production process from script to screen, allowing individual and independent exploration of the medium in the third session of the degree.


Sound courses in the MDM focus on the overall audiovisual sound design of film, video and animation projects. Students also have the possibility of extending their practice into music soundtrack composition and production. Technology and practices covered include digital audio recording and editing, sound design, surround sound, audio synthesis, sampling, MIDI processes and rhythmic structures.


3D within the MDM investigates the fundamental principles of 3D animation and is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive production experience in the classroom that parallels current industry trends. Exposure to these processes will facilitate group or individual investigations of the medium in the third session of the degree.


Studies in Interactive Media, Lighting, Vector Graphics, Writing for Digital Media (with many more to chose from) are offered as a supporting program within the MDM. The electives available expose students to a wide range of material, from installations and offline media to commercial design for the Web and beyond. Within the studio practice students work both individually and in groups, drawing together many of the skills developed in the other discipline areas.


Graduates from the MDM are equipped to deal with creative problem-solving across a range of disciplines. Existing qualifications are enhanced by the Masters program to encompass opportunities in the following areas: Film and Video; Interactive Media; Animation; Audiovisual Sound Design; Interaction Design; Production Management; Production Design; Script and Project Development; Teaching and Management in Digital Media.



International Student Requirements:

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS All applicants must include with their application: • Their indicated specialization of either 3D CGI or Video, and • A dvd/cd portfolio showcasing the applicant’s skills in the Media Arts, particularly in the applicant’s chosen specialization of 3D CGI or Video Portfolio submission should include approximately twelve images or quicktime/avi files (on a DVD/CD). These pieces should show the applicant’s best and recent works that are examples of technical and creative ideas in the area the applicant wishes to major in. Applicants to the Master of Digital Media should have a recently completed, recognized Bachelor degree in a related area with a minimum requirement of 65 (credit average). In the USA a credit average is the equivalent to a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

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