Master of Media

Master of Media

POSTGRADUATE

Become a strategic leader in an evolving media industry.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Part-time 4 years
Reduced duration available
Fees:

AU$27,840 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$37,440 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

From basic production skills to sophisticated cross-media projects and strategic thinking about media industries, this two-year degree offers a variety of entry points depending on your previous qualifications and experience.

In the first year, you will be introduced to video, audio and internet media production. In the second year, you will explore complex cross-media projects and develop the sophisticated strategic and leadership skills required to be at the forefront of this evolving industry.

You will gain practical industry experience and learn about strategic planning through hands-on projects. This program has a global focus and there will be an opportunity to undertake various research projects with an international context.

Jemma Douglas - Study Abroad

RMIT has state-of-the-art facilities that are available to all students, specifically the internship programs and having access to all of the practitioners in the wonderful Melbourne professional scene. - Jemma Douglas, Master of Media student

Details

In this degree, you will develop your creative portfolio through an applied research approach to your coursework and assessment.

You will build on your existing collaborative audiovisual production skills and experience, and will explore contemporary media practices through the creation of innovative digital storytelling projects.

Students learn from industry mentors and guests, undertake internships with industry leaders, and develop their craft and expertise through applied research projects that position them as emerging leaders in the field themselves.

This degree operates in ’blended’ mode to allow for greater flexibility. This consists of a mix of face-to-face lectures and tutorials combined with e-learning. You will have access to state-of-the-art RMIT equipment and facilities in a purpose-designed building in the heart of vibrant Melbourne.

Assessments are written and project-based, and include work undertaken individually and in groups. Assessment is undertaken on a continual basis and will include scripts, reports, blogs, presentations, videos, podcasts, websites, research projects, and other practical assignments.

Internships form part of the learning experience and will help you develop connections to the industry while you study. There are no end-of-year examinations.

Your teachers have extensive industry and academic experience which will provide you with a valuable insight into industry and current practice.

All subjects are delivered in English.

You will have access to Canvas and other online and digital resources through the student portal.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

Almost every industry has a need for media production skills, whether in social media, video/audio documentary or fiction, or at the intersection of all three.

What distinguishes professional projects from amateur ones is the quality of the production.

This degree will give you the skills to ensure your media productions have that professional edge.

Media strategists, producers and directors from industry partners such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) TV and Radio, Google Arts & Culture, Renegade Films and 3RRR sit on the industry advisory committee and provide valuable advice and guidance to shape course content.

RMIT staff have strong industry links and current professional experience in media production. We engage external experts to ensure that students are exposed to current developments in media and communication.

You will be encouraged to work on industry projects that extend beyond the boundaries of the university. Recent industry collaborators include Fed Square, Melbourne WebFest, VICE Media, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation, ANZ Bank, and Metro Tunnel.

The skills taught in this degree are globally relevant to ensure you are employable both locally and internationally.

Due to the flexible delivery of this degree, students are able to complete projects online with industry partners as well as take part in global production projects through our international partnerships.

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in international study tours and internships, working with overseas partners. Recent collaborators have included companies and NGOs in Barcelona, Cambodia, Delhi, Japan, Kenya, Mumbai, New York, the Philippines, Sweden, and Vietnam.

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

  • 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time (without advanced standing)
  • 1 - 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (with advanced standing).

For further information about advanced standing see the Pathways section.

The Graduate Diploma in Media is available as an exit award of this degree. Any advanced standing you receive for the masters program is not transferrable to an exit award. If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma, you must have completed all courses specified in the relevant program structure.

2 years full-time.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Master of Media
Program code: MC188

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Master of Media
City Campus
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time, Reduced duration available
MC188
079084E
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time, Reduced duration available
Plan code
MC188
CRICOS
079084E
Master of Media
City Campus
2 years full-time
MC188
079084E
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full-time
Plan code
MC188
CRICOS
079084E

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

As a graduate, you will be ready for much more than production; you will be prepared to take on strategic and leadership roles in the industry. You will be aware of new developments and be able to research and troubleshoot trends and opportunities.

You will also have the entrepreneurial and communication skills to take your personal vision to the next stage. The contemporary media environment is complex and exciting and looks for leaders that are willing and able to explore, test ideas and respond innovatively to new possibilities.

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work in roles such as:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Filmmaker
  • Videographer
  • Video editor
  • Digital content developer
  • Social media marketer
  • Communications consultant
  • Visual journalist
  • Podcaster
  • Entrepreneur.

The program has strong industry links with a wide range of media organisations.

A Program Advisory Committee made up of high-profile industry representatives ensures the program remains up-to-date with industry standards and practice.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have:

  • successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4) 

OR

  • at least three years’ work experience in media production.

To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement outlining your interest in studying media, how you believe the program will advance your career and providing details of any previous work experience in the industry, including how your responsibilities and duties relate to the program.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (out of 4.0).

You may also be considered if you have at least 3 years' work experience or professional practice in media production.

Statement: If you do not have a bachelor degree, you must include in your application a statement explaining your interest in studying the program and how you believe the program will advance your career, providing detail of any previous work experience in the industry.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this masters degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Masters advanced standing

If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications specialising in media production, you may be eligible for advanced standing as follows:

Qualification level Advanced standing Remaining program duration
Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study) 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Bachelor honours degree (AQF level 8) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)
Graduate certificate (AQF level 8) 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study) 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate diploma (AQF level 8) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for Australian qualifications in vocational and higher education.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

Applicants with a bachelor degree (honours), graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfer of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study).

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this masters degree, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including postgraduate research programs, subject to the program's entrance requirements.

You can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Coming from a partner institution?

RMIT has pathway arrangements with many partner institutions around the world.

If your institution has a pathway arrangement with RMIT you may be able to receive credit and reduce the time it will take to complete your preferred RMIT program.

Find out if your institution has a pathway arrangement with RMIT

If you have qualifications from an institution that is not an RMIT partner, credit into your RMIT program will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Master Advanced Standing

If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications specialising in media production, you may be eligible for advanced standing as follows:

Qualification level Advanced standing Remaining program duration
Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study) 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Bachelor honours degree (AQF level 8) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)
Graduate certificate (AQF level 8) 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study) 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate diploma (AQF level 8) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for Australian qualifications in vocational and higher education.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit.

Credits

Applicants with a bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfer of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study).

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and weightings, and reference to the learning resources.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fees

2023 indicative fees

  • Full-fee places: AU$27,840.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$326 maximum fee for 2023*.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2023 is $326. 

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

FEE-HELP loans

Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment.

See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2023 is AU$37,440.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$74,880.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.