2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Digital Media  | 2017

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Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Digital Media



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time
Part-time study is not available

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Innovation Campus / 754650
(some subjects are delivered at the Wollongong Campus)


The Bachelor of Digital Media (BDM) is a comprehensive course designed to meet the diverse requirements of the growing digital media industry in both Australia and abroad. Students will develop a mixture of relevant contemporary technical skills, as well as a fundamental understanding of the digital medium and new contexts for production and technologically mediated creative practice. Students will be engaged in supported technical instruction, collaborative learning activities, the development of research and inquiry skills and project-based opportunities that reflect real life creative collaborations.

This degree program aims to produce graduates who can flexibly respond to changing industry needs and opportunities, informed by an understanding and appreciation of relevant artistic traditions.

Cross Institutional Delivery

The BDM is a cross-institutional program delivered by the Faculty in collaboration with TAFE Illawarra. The BDM incorporates Faculty of Law, Humanities and Arts theoretical studies in Creative and Professional Practice and practical studies in Media Arts, with concurrently completed vocational studies in Interactive Digital Media and Screen and Media, offered by TAFE Illawarra. 

Students who choose not to undertake the Diploma of Screen and Media component at Illawarra TAFE will be required to take the following Foundation subjects in Graphic Design and Visual Arts: CAVA101, CAVA102, CAVA103 and CAVA104 in place of the Diploma.


Both UOW and TAFE Illawarra components of the Bachelor of Digital Media are delivered primarily at the Digital Media Centre, on the UOW Innovation Campus. The Digital Media Centre is a multi-million dollar collaboration between UOW and TAFE NSW, comprising state of the art Digital Media teaching facilities such as studios, post-production suites, computer labs and exhibition spaces. An array of current and industry-recognised software and quality digital hardware supports the delivery of the practical course components.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Digital Media will be able to:

  1. Identify key issues in contemporary digital media industry practice, theory and history, within an Australian and international context;
  2. Critically reflect on digital media production processes and practices;
  3. Apply contemporary technical skills and knowledge to produce digital media artefacts;
  4. Communicate creative practices and processes to a range of audiences;
  5. Plan and manage complex creative projects independently or collaboratively;
  6. Apply ethical and culturally informed designed principles to digital media practice.

Course Structure

This course may be offered in conjunction and concurrently with the TAFE Illawarra. To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Digital Media a student must successfully complete at least 144 credit points of the UOW subjects listed in the program of study and/or by cross articulation of TAFE programs in and Screen and Media.

A student who has gained an award of Diploma of Screen and Media or Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media from TAFE, prior to commencing the BDM, can apply for advanced standing in the BDM. A student completing the Bachelor of Digital Media course will also qualify for the awards of the Diploma of Screen and Media and the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CACS101 Contemporary Creative Practice 6 Autumn
MEDA101 Introduction To Media Arts 6 Autumn
CACS102 Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice 6 Spring
MEDA102 Computational Media 6 Spring
TAFE Diploma of Screen and Media (TAFE course code CUF50107) 24 Credit Arrangements
Students not undertaking a TAFE Diploma of Screen and Media must do the following:
CAVA101 Visual Foundation 1 6 Autumn
CAVA102 Visual Foundation 2 6 Autumn
CAVA103 Visual Foundation 3 6 Spring
CAVA104 Visual Foundation 4: Studio Practice 6 Spring
CAVA232 Contemporary Indigenous Art: Theory and Practice 6 Autumn
MEDA201 Time, Space & Data 6 Autumn
CAVA231 Visual Art, Modernism and the Avant-garde 6 Spring
MEDA202 System, Play & Interaction 6 Spring
TAFE Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (TAFE course code CUF60107) 24 Credit Arrangements
CACS301 Professional Practice 6 Spring
MEDA301 Media Arts Workshop 6 Autumn
MEDA302 Media Arts Project 6 Spring
Plus ONE from the following:
CAVA331 Contemporary Artworlds 6 Autumn
CAVA332 Globalisation and Contemporary Art 6 Spring
CAGD331 New Media and Visual Communication Theory 6 Autumn
CAGD332 Advanced Graphic Design and Visual Communication Theory 6 Spring
24 credit points of 200 or 300 level elective subjects
TAFE Film Directing Skill Set (TAFE course code CUF707) - 12 credit points, plus 12 credit points of 200 or 300 level elective subjects.

Note: No more than 60 credit points at 100 level can be counted towards the Bachelor of Digital Media degree. Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300 level subjects to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Digital Media.

The Bachelor of Digital Media is fully prescribed and cannot be taken within a double degree. Due to the structure of the program, electives are not usually available during the first or second year of the program.

Please refer to TAFE Illawarra for information on TAFE key dates, student administration and specific course details.

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

The Faculty may impose quotas on subjects to ensure optimal class sizes.

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 17 July, 2017