Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Location
Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July
Course code
3007084
Course abbreviation
BDigMedCom
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course 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.

Digital media specialists work in fields such as film, television and radio, newspapers and magazines, online media, graphic design, marketing, advertising and public relations.

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.

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.

Digital media specialists work in fields such as film, television and radio, newspapers and magazines, online media, graphic design, marketing, advertising and public relations.

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.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

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

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.4
Bangladesh HSC3.6
Brazil SSLC8.2
Canada High School OSSD50
Chile PSU6.4, overall 600/649
China Gao Kao449
Colombia CB (NAT)81, overall 300/349
Denmark USSLE6.2
France FB11
German Abitur3
Hong Kong HKDSE14
India CBSE (best 4)8.5 external exam
India CISCE71
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)78 in 4 academic
Indonesia SMA8.2
International Baccalaureate24
Japan USSLC4
Korea, Republic of, CSAT298
Malaysia ICSSUEC71
Malaysia STPM5, 3 best A levels
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate73
Nepal Proficiency Certificate82
Norway GPA1.5
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams77
Pakistan HSSC Pre-Eng and Pre-Med streams31
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)2.5, pass Eng & Math
Peru OCSE17
Phillipines NSAT89
Russia FCCSE4.3
Saudi Arabia MESSLC83
Singapore SCGCE15.5
Spain SSSD8.2
Spain STBPU7.5
Spain SUOY4.9
Sri Lanka GCE4.5
Sweden SSLC13
Taiwan GSAT54
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate87
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 1.9
Turkey HSD4
UK Board GCE A Levels13 (4 subjects)
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1410, ACT 20
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)7.5 Average

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

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, you may choose choose four-unit minors in:

  • Digital Design
  • Journalism
  • Screen Media
  • Digital Marketing
  • Music and Technology
  • Writing
  • Visual Culture.

Please note only the Screen Media minor is available at the Coomera campus.

A wide range of elective units is available from across the University.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2

Online students are required to attend compulsory residential workshops for some units.

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1, 2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)091527D
Online2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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


Assessment methods

Assessment tasks include creative projects such as websites and graphic design, TV productions and music videos, news and magazine articles, animations, podcasts, as well as essays, articles, journals and tutorial presentations.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars, field trips and online forums, plus individual access to facilities for special projects and one-on-one research supervision. All units in the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication have online learning materials and utilise audiovisual technologies such as streaming audio and video, podcasts and online lectures, and social media technologies.

On campus students gain access to a variety of industry-standard equipment including computers, cameras, microphones, sound mixers, and lighting equipment.

Please note: Online students are required to attend compulsory residential workshops for some units.

Career opportunities

Digital media specialists are in strong demand in media and creative industries with career opportunities in film and TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, online media and graphic design, marketing, advertising and public relations. 

Professional placement

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. 

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

  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.

Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Part A

COM00439 -  Media StudiesIntroductory
CUL00210 -  Australia, Asia and the WorldIntroductory
COM00471 -  Professional PlacementAdvanced
COM10110 -  Visual Communication and DesignIntroductory
COM10295 -  Written CommunicationIntroductory
COM10628 -  Media ProjectAdvanced
COM10627 -  Digital Media PracticesIntroductory
HUM71005 -  Aboriginal Cultural StrengthsIntroductory
COM10112 -  Essential Screen SkillsIntermediate
COM00481 -  Journalism in the Digital AgeIntermediate
AAD71104 -  Photography and Digital ImagingIntroductory
COM73001 -  Cyborg, Virus, Algorithm: Concepts for Media PracticeAdvanced

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

TitleLevel of learningNote
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 CommunicationIntroductory
COM00439 -  Theory in Practice: Issues in Media StudiesIntroductory
COM10110 -  Visual Communication and DesignIntroductory
CUL00210 -  Australia, Asia and the WorldIntroductory
Year 1, Session 2
COM10627 -  Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital StorytellingIntroductory
COM00481 -  The Fourth Estate: News JournalismIntermediate
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
COM10112 -  From Page to Production: Essential Screen SkillsIntermediate
AAD71104 -  Photography and Digital ImagingIntroductory Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
HUM71005 -  Aboriginal Cultural StrengthsIntroductory 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 PracticeAdvanced
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 ProjectAdvanced
COM00471 -  Professional PlacementAdvanced
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1

TitleLevel of learningNote
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 CommunicationIntroductory
COM10627 -  Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital StorytellingIntroductory
COM00481 -  The Fourth Estate: News JournalismIntermediate
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
COM00439 -  Theory in Practice: Issues in Media StudiesIntroductory
COM10110 -  Visual Communication and DesignIntroductory
CUL00210 -  Australia, Asia and the WorldIntroductory
AAD71104 -  Photography and Digital ImagingIntroductory
Year 2, Session 2
HUM71005 -  Aboriginal Cultural StrengthsIntroductory 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 SkillsIntermediate
COM73001 -  Cyborg, Virus, Algorithm: Concepts for Media PracticeAdvanced
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
COM10628 -  To Be Continued: Media ProjectAdvanced
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Minor unit OR elective Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
COM00471 -  Professional PlacementAdvanced
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.

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