Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Media)
This is Australia’s most renowned interactive and digital media education program, producing highly employable graduates with a diverse range of media skills.
The program content is industry-driven and kept up to date using industry standard software and production protocols. You’ll investigate the conceptual development and production of media content including broadcast motion design, 2D and 3D imaging and animation, and web and interactive design for delivery across a wide range of platforms such as film and television, advertising, the web and mobile platforms.
The program is well connected to industry through teaching staff, guest lecturers and assessment feedback from our industry partners. Students and staff associated with this program have exhibited in local and international festivals including Flickerfest – international short film festival, Sundance Film Festival, Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI).
Upon completion of the Diploma and Advanced Diploma, you will graduate as a multi-skilled digital professional, with limitless career possibilities spanning from user experience design to art direction, animation and many more.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations and group discussion work.
During your Diploma year, you will develop a broad understanding of the design, technical and management skills needed to work in the digital, interactive and broadcast media industries. An emphasis is placed on creative and conceptual development using industry standard software and production processes, giving you the opportunity to produce individual and collaborative design projects.
Completion of the Advanced Diploma prepares you to become an independent media design practitioner, ready to undertake a wide range of production roles. Graduates may transition straight into work or undertake further study in areas such as web, interactive and app design, 2D and 3D animation, games design, motion and broadcast graphics and visual effects, virtual, augmented and mixed reality.
Learning is conducted in the following types of environments:
- computer labs - practical classes held in labs that contain industry standard Apple Mac computers and software including: Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Maya, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition.
- auditoriums - industry speakers and graduates are invited to share their experiences and provide students with valuable insider information.
- studio - group projects are undertaken in computer labs, reflecting a professional studio production experience.
In addition to these resources, students have access to industry standard production equipment including HD video, professional audio and imaging gear.
You will be assessed by folio submission as well as skills demonstration. Some assessments will be group based but many projects will be individually conducted and assessed.
All classes are conducted in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
The program maintains close contacts with industry through regular guest speakers, the involvement of industry in the development of assignment briefs and enduring links with graduates who have moved into various roles within the industry.
Students are also encouraged to explore opportunities for part-time, casual or volunteer work in the screen and media industries to develop knowledge, apply skills and acquire workplace experience.
Graduates from this program are currently working in the following companies: Y&R brands - advertising (including Wunderman and George Patterson), Iloura - high-end special effects and animation, MindAtlas - elearning company, MTV, Two Bulls - Immersive mobile technology, Viskatoons - animation design and post production, and the Design Foundation - Creative Studio.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This program has developed a strong international student cohort due to its robust industry connections and professionalism. The calibre of skills taught are internationally recognised, which will prepare you for work in Australia and overseas.
RMIT’s Global Experience Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
This program prepares you for the digital media industry by training you in computer-generated art and design, which incorporates:
- design and presentation
- 2D imaging design
- 2D animation
- video and screen
- interactive design
- 3D digital environments and models
- creative collaboration
- digital visual effects.
You’ll gain a broad understanding of the design, technical and management skills required to work in the field of interactive design and digital design industries.
While there is a strong emphasis on creativity and conceptual development, students will learn a broad range of software skills.
Upon successful completion of this program students will progress to the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive plan), which maintains articulation agreements with Animation, Design, Games and Communication bachelor degrees at RMIT.
Year 12 applicants typically apply for the Diploma and then continue into the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Digital Media), completing both programs over 2 years full-time.
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Program code: C5361
National curriculum code: CUA51015
Constant technological changes are driving a multitude of ways to deliver entertainment and information services. Consumers are now interacting with their selected networks in radically different and varied ways. Interactive designers are shaping the creation and delivery of this content.
Our graduates are multi-skilled, greatly increasing their employment opportunities. Whilst many of them work for traditional media production companies, others start successful freelance practices through industry networks created during their studies.
Roles you may be eligible for upon graduation include:
- user experience (UX) designer
- user interface (UI) designer
- app developer
- app designer
- interface designer
- media content designer
- graphic designer
- motion graphic designer
- web designer
- front end developer
- 2D animation designer
- 3D animation designer
- 3D modeller
- 3D character rigger
- visual effects designer
- production manager
- design director
- art director
There are no minimum academic requirements.
If you are not studying year 12 in 2018 you should submit a personal statement with your application outlining:
- your reasons for wanting to study this program
- your intended career path
- your personal strengths and attributes relevant to the program
- 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, e.g. ATAR/Education History.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 50% average (check calculator below).
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.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 530 (TWE 3.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 71 (with minimum of 17 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 162 with no less than 154 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.
Successful completion of the Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Media) guarantees entry into the Interactive plan of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. The Advanced Diploma is offered as an additional year of full-time study.
You may be eligible to begin your studies at the Advanced Diploma level if you already hold a Diploma of Screen and Media or have the relevant knowledge and skills. You must still apply for the Diploma and will be assessed for entry into the Advanced Diploma.
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive plan) can continue their studies in the:
When you successfully complete the Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Media), you are guaranteed entry into the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media – Interactive Digital Media stream.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place.
To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at ‘How to check if you are eligible’.
- 2019 government subsidised place: AU$10,000* per annum
- 2019 full-fee place: AU$10,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme (VSL), which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VSL application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
If your program is eligible for the VSL scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference once you exceed the cap.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt. You will start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (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 2019 is $303.
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.