The Associate Degree of Digital Media is an optional exit award within the Bachelor of Digital Media. This qualification aims to prepare students for paraprofessional work within the digital media industries by providing practical skills and relevant theory that can be applied in a variety of fields associated with design, technology and media.
The program's flexible structure allows students to focus on their individual strengths and interests by pursuing specialisations in Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Video and Animation, Journalism, or a combination of those areas.
Working within multimedia computer laboratories and production studios, students learn how to create digital media works using industry-standard software development tools and techniques. They learn how to think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively and work independently in response to digital media project demands.
The program can be studied on-campus or off-campus, providing maximum flexibility for students.
The digital revolution has dramatically changed the way we work, learn, play and communicate. It has created jobs that didn’t exist a decade ago and it has profoundly changed others. People who are skilled in the production and application of digital media are in demand. The Associate Degree of Digital Media prepares graduates for paraprofessional work within the digital media industries. Employment opportunities for graduates with relevant creative and technical expertise can be found in areas such as web design, graphic design, publishing, photography, illustration, animation, game development, software development, audio production, video production, film and television post-production, visual effects, advertising, marketing, journalism, corporate communications, education and training.
|Duration||2 years full-time or 4 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||96|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||Each unit at this level, typically requires 144 hours of student commitment over a period of 12 weeks.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||ADDigitalMedia|
|AQF Level||Level 6: Associate Degree|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
|Rank Threshold||SR 60 | ATAR 60|
Domestic students. P - Senior English (4, Sound Achievement) or equivalent
International students. P - Students are required to have an acceptable level of competence in writing, reading, speaking and understanding English.
Refer to the international student section
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CC25 - Diploma of Digital Media|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|Year||Number of Students|
Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have broad theoretical and technical knowledge with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to identify, analyse and evaluate information and concepts from a range of sources|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with some depth in a discipline|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive, communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to make a clear and coherent presentation of knowledge and ideas with some intellectual independence|
|6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in paraprofessional practice|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in a range of contexts and/or for further studies in one or more disciplines|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Engage in reflective self-evaluation of own cultural values and perspectives to proactively create an inclusive workplace that affirms and celebrates cultural diversity|
|Number of units: 8||Total credit points: 48|
Level 1 Courses
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|MMST11003||Visual Design Fundamentals|
|MMST11009||Digital Video and Audio|
|MMST11010||Illustration and Visualisation|
|DGTL11001||Foundations of Animation|
|DGTL11003||User Experience Design|
|Number of units: 2||Total credit points: 12|
Students must complete 2 elective courses, which may be selected from any CQUniversity undergraduate program, provided prerequisite and corequisite requirements are met.
Students will be assessed for credit transfer on an individual basis and will be required to nominate the CQUniversity units they wish to be considered for exemption from. Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies, equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity unit, have been successfully completed. Students should examine the unit synopses in this handbook to determine the units for which they may be eligible to claim exemption. Students may only gain credit transfer for up to 67% of the overall course. Study undertaken more than 10 years ago is not normally considered for credit transfer. Qualifications below the level of a Diploma are not considered for credit transfer. Refer to the Credit Transfer website at https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses-and-programs/credit-transfer-and-rpl/credit-transfers for further details on the guidelines and application process.
Students who enrol in this course require access to a computer with an internet connection. Hardware and software requirements vary for individual units within the course. On-campus students may use the computer hardware, software and production equipment that is available at their local campus.
Students who enrol in this course should download a course planner from http://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/new-students/planners-and-profiles to help with the development of their personal study schedule. When preparing a study schedule it is important to check the availability of individual units by looking up their term of offer and location in this Handbook. Full-time students usually enrol in 4 units per term, and part-time students usually enrol in 2 units per term. Students can get assistance with the preparation of their study schedule by contacting a Student Advisor by email at email@example.com.
Exit and Interim Awards
The Associate Degree of Digital Media has an optional exit / interim award named the Diploma of Digital Media (8 units; 48 units of credit). Students can ask to be awarded the Diploma of Digital Media as either an exit award or an interim award after successfully completing the 8 compulsory level 1 units from the core structure of the Associate Degree of Digital Media. The exit award is for students who want to exit the Associate Degree of Digital Media early. The interim award is for students who want to continue their studies in the Associate Degree of Digital Media. For more information about the rules governing this exit / interim award, please contact a Student Advisor by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-campus classes with small enrolments may be taught by cross-campus video-conference rather than face-to-face delivery.