Bachelor of Digital Media

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Wed, 1 December

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
View full English language requirements
ATAR
60
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Location
Coomera, Lismore, Online
Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
3007084
Course abbreviation
BDigMed
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.

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.

Learn more about this degree in the digital media showcase.

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.

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.

Learn more about this degree in the digital media showcase.

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.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
CoomeraTerm  1
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

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

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3$28,000 ($3,500 per unit)102203G
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3$28,000 ($3,500 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.

Australian/Domestic students

STAR Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. STAR Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply for your STAR Early Offer

International students studying in Australia

International students studying online or outside of Australia

View domestic application details View international application details

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,and increasingly complex skills, across a range of traditional and emerging media forms.

Learn and apply an understanding of academic skills, 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

Demonstrate the ability to self-direct and self-evaluate learning. Work independently and collaboratively on media projects in response to project and professional demands.

Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a wide range of 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 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. 

Ask a question

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

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Digital Media, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points) comprising:

Exit awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Digital Media after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) comprising a minimum of 12 core units (144 credit points) and 4 elective units (48 credit points).

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Digital Media after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) comprising 8 core units (96 credit points).


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
ARTD1004Photography and Digital Imaging
WRIT1003Written Communication
INDG1004Aboriginal Cultural Strengths
MDIA1001Media Studies
MDIA1002Visual Communication and Design
MDIA1003Digital Media Practices
MRKT1001Marketing Principles
MDIA2006Film Studies
MDIA2002Essential Screen Skills
COMM2003Animation Theory and Practice
MRKT2004Marketing Communications
COMM2002Screenwriting
MDIA1004Journalism in the Digital Age
MDIA2004Making Radio and Podcasts
MDIA2005Video Journalism
ARTD3005Advanced Digital Imaging
MDIA3001Advanced Screen Production
COMM3003Media Project
COMM3002Professional Placement
Plus four university wide electives


Course progressions

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

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

WRIT1003Written Communication
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
MDIA1001Media Studies
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
MDIA1002Visual Communication and Design
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Anti-requisitesAAD71103 - Design Fundamentals ART00630 - Design ART10094 - Digital Art and Design I
MDIA1004Journalism in the Digital Age
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
MDIA2006Film Studies
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
ARTD1004Photography and Digital Imaging
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Anti-requisitesART10275 - Digital Photography I
MDIA1003Digital Media Practices
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A

Second Year

MRKT1001Marketing Principles
Session1,2
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
China - TUSTN/A
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session2
PerthN/A
Term1
SydneyN/A
Term1
INDG1004Aboriginal Cultural Strengths
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
MDIA2004Making Radio and Podcasts
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
MRKT2004Marketing Communications
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
MelbourneN/A
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
PerthN/A
Term2
SydneyN/A
Term2
Pre-requisitesMKT00075 Marketing Principles
Anti-requisitesCOM00104 Media Strategies
Enrolment informationIt is strongly recommended that you have completed Marketing Principles or the equivalent unit prior to enrolling in this unit.
COMM2002Screenwriting
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
MDIA2002Essential Screen Skills
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
COMM2003Animation Theory and Practice
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Enrolment informationFamiliarity with industry standard design software would be an advantage.
MDIA3001Advanced Screen Production
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesMDIA2002 - Essential Screen Skills

Third Year

MDIA2005Video Journalism
Term5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term5
Term5
Online
Term5
N/A
Elective
Elective
COMM3002Professional Placement

Not currently available

Enrolment informationThis is a capstone unit that integrates the knowledge you have developed during your degree. In it you will work independently in an organisation. To successfully complete this unit you should have completed units equivalent to 192 credit points (typically 16 units).
ARTD3005Advanced Digital Imaging
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Pre-requisitesARTD1004 - Photography and Digital Imaging
Anti-requisitesART00456 - Photography II
Elective
Elective
COMM3003Media Project

Not currently available



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