Bachelor of Design (Digital Media)
DurationFull-time 3 years
This program will teach you to be a digital media design specialist in interactive media, digital video, sound design/soundtrack or digital environments.
You will explore the core disciplines of the field and then have the ability to specialise in visual effects and compositing, motion graphics, interactive and mobile media design, or sound design.
You will gain a solid grounding in contemporary digital media design theory and practice and will explore how digital content can be planned, produced, applied and integrated.
This program is based in studio practice, with a strong focus on ideas, skills and knowledge by way of practical and theoretical approaches to digital media problems and solutions. You will be assessed by individual and collaborative assignments delivered both face-to-face and online.
Internships are available in the final year of your studies, with either our existing industry contacts or with a workplace of your choosing.
All courses are delivered in English. You will have access to online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This program is closely connected to industry practitioners and companies both in Australia and internationally. You will be exposed to current and next generation practice supported by teaching staff, visiting practitioners and industry engagement.
This degree has a strong connection with local, national and international industry bodies that advise and offer support through our Program Advisory Committees.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This program is the premier digital media degree in Australia. The global focus of the skills, ideas and problem-solving abilities taught within it will help you develop as a leader in the international digital media community.
This program is also offered at RMIT's Ho Chi Minh City campus in Vietnam. Students are able to move between campuses for a semester or two, and travel grants may be available for Australian students wishing to complete a semester in Vietnam.
You will be introduced to a range of digital media fields and then specialise in either Interactive, Digital Video, Sound or Digital Environments.
Learn about digital media via a comprehensive overview of its theory and practice. You will learn the foundations of graphic and digital media design. You’ll also develop strategies to enable an understanding of digital media platforms, which will provide a navigation point used in later years of specialisation.
You will study advanced theories, ideas and concepts of digital media design while starting to gain advanced skills in your chosen area of specialisation. The focus will be on studio practice.
You will complement your growing skills and knowledge with a focus on industry by way of specialisation in your chosen field with an emphasis of individual, collaborative and conceptual development. You will undertake an internship or studio project in the final semester that will allow you to demonstrate a professional and real-world approach to what you have learned over the previous years of study.
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|Bachelor of Design (Digital Media)||City Campus||
3 years (6 semesters)
3 years (6 semesters)
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Program code: BP309
Digital Media is a continually evolving field: what is cutting-edge now may not be in five years. RMIT has developed a modular way of updating course content and curriculum to reflect expected changes in both industry and online applications. Successful graduates of this degree will be equipped to respond to these changes with a focus on core digital media principles that can be updated and redefined. This rapid industry evolution forms part of the challenges within a digital media career and as such, our graduates are positioned at the forefront of their chosen practice, poised to become future leaders.
Graduates of this program can expect to work in a variety of professional roles, both locally and internationally, including:
- web and interactive design
- user experience design
- app and mobile design
- visual effects
- motion graphics
- sound design
- digital production
- digital environment and production design.
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.
RMIT is committed to admissions transparency. View the 2018 ATAR distribution information for our degrees and information about how admissions work at RMIT:
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 65% average.
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post-secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
If you were not studying year 12 in 2017 you should submit a personal statement outlining:
- your reasons for wanting to study this program
- the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
- your intended career path
- details of any related work or voluntary experience
If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only, e.g. ATAR.
To study this program 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 (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- 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 Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2018
|Student contribution band by course (subject)||Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2018|
|Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing||$6,444 per standard year
$805 per standard (12 credit point) course
|Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture||$9,185 per standard year
$1,148 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 3: law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
|$10,754 per standard year
$1,344 per standard (12 credit point) course
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to 100% of their student contribution.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-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 will 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.
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 2018 is $298.
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.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.