The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media) requires three years of full-time study. The course is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Enrolment in the honours program in Screen and Media may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Additionally, applicants will have to demonstrate their creative abilities through the submission of a portfolio, written statement, curriculum vitae and referee details. Short-listed applicants may be required to take part in an in-depth interview with a panel.

Course aims

The aim of the course is to prepare students for a professional life by: 

  • equipping students with basic professional skills in digital media production, including the operation of software and hardware
  • equipping students with a practical understanding of collaborative teamwork required in the creative industries
  • enabling students to plan, develop and complete a digital media product
  • developing in students an understanding of screen and digital media through their historical developments, social and cultural applications, and the function of formal and aesthetic properties in various forms
  • providing students with experience in the creative process within the activities described above
  • producing graduates capable of the application of logical thought, analysis, and research skills in ways that will enhance both the creative and practical processes required by digital media production
  • producing graduates who will be able to think flexibly, collaborate with others on group projects and solve problems creatively.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media), students will be able to demonstrate:

  • conceptual, practical and technical skills to produce creative work to a high standard in their chosen program
  • teamwork and interpersonal skills to become effective members of creative production and planning teams
  • high-level knowledge of the processes involved in the production of creative work
  • sound knowledge of theories, factual content and research methods relevant to their program of study including an awareness of practices related to their chosen program
  • knowledge of aspects of the arts industries relevant to their chosen program
  • initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and scholarship, and ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse creative contexts
  • skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and communicate a clear exposition of knowledge and ideas
  • critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
  • application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability and in collaboration with others
  • the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media), a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic in either Stream A (Flinders campus) or Stream B (CDW Studios) , according to the following program of study.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.

Digital Media - Stream A (Flinders campus)

Core - Year 1 topics

18 units comprising:

 CREA1001  Introduction to the Creative Arts  (4.5 units)
 SCME1003  Essential Multimedia  (4.5 units)
 SCME1070  Screen Production Techniques 1  (4.5 units)

plus 4.5 units from:

 SCME1000  Film Form and Analysis  (4.5 units)
 SCME1001  Media and Society  (4.5 units) 
 SCME1002  Convergence Cultures  (4.5 units)
 SCME1004  3D Media Studio A  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

plus 18 units from the Option - Year 1 topics listed below.

Core - Year 2 topics

18 units comprising:

 CREA2106  Creative Arts Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 SCME2108  Multimedia Production Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SCME2202  3D Media Studio B  (4.5 units)

plus one of:

 SCME2201  Interaction Design  (4.5 units)
 SCME2203  3D Media Studio C  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 topics

plus 18 units from the upper level option topics listed below.

Core - Year 3 topics

9 units comprising:

 CREA3301  Practicum/Project in Creative Arts A  (4.5 units)
 CREA3302  Practicum/Project in Creative Arts B  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 3 topics

plus 27 units from the upper level option topics listed below or other topic(s) approved by the Course Coordinator.

Option topics

Optional topics allow students to develop a second area of specialisation. For further advice, please consult the Course Coordinator.

Option - Year 1 topics

Select 18 units from

Screen and Digital Media Production

 SCME1004  3D Media Studio A  (4.5 units)
 SCME1071  Screen Production Techniques 2  (4.5 units)
 SCME1072  Screen Production Techniques 3  (4.5 units)

Screen and Media Culture

 SCME1000  Film Form and Analysis  (4.5 units)
 SCME1001  Media and Society  (4.5 units)
 SCME1002  Convergence Cultures  (4.5 units)

Visual Arts

 VISA1401  Drawing and Design Fundamentals  (4.5 units)
 VISA1402  Painting  (4.5 units)

Information Technology

 COMP1001  Fundamentals of Computing  (4.5 units)
 COMP1102  Computer Programming 1  (4.5 units)
 COMP1701  Simulation and Serious Game Design  (4.5 units)
 COMP1711  Database Modelling and Knowledge Engineering  (4.5 units)
 COMP1712  Software Engineering Principles and Practice  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1762  Networks and Cybersecurity  (4.5 units)

Academic and Professional Communication

 COMS1001  Academic and Professional Communication  (4.5 units)

Innovation and Creative Thinking

 INNO1001 Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities (4.5 units)

Option - Upper Level topics

In second year students choose 18 units and in third year students choose 27 units of option topics, selected from the following

Digital Media Production

 SCME2004  Introduction to Digital Graphic Design  (4.5 units)
 SCME2109  Multimedia Production Part 2 (4.5 units)
 SCME2201  Interaction Design  (4.5 units)
 SCME2420  Creative Production 1  (4.5 units)
 SCME2421  Creative Production 2  (4.5 units)
 SCME3005  Digital Games  (4.5 units)
 SCME3301  Digital Entertainment Production 1  (4.5 units)
 SCME3302  Digital Entertainment Production 2  (4.5 units)
 SCME3420  Creative Production 3  (4.5 units)
 SCME3421  Creative Production 4  (4.5 units)

Screen Production

 SCME2070  Screen Production Techniques 4  (4.5 units)
 SCME2071  Introduction to Screenwriting (4.5 units)
 SCME2072  Screen Production Techniques 5  (4.5 units)
 SCME2073  Screen Production Techniques 6  (4.5 units)
 SCME3070  Screen Production Techniques 7  (4.5 units)
 SCME3071  Screen Production Techniques 8  (4.5 units)
 SCME3072  Screen Production Techniques 9  (4.5 units)
 SCME3073  Screen Production Techniques 10  (4.5 units)
 SCME3074  Applied Screenwriting  (4.5 units)

Screen and Media Culture

 SCME2001  Television Studies  (4.5 units)
 SCME2003  Non-fiction Form and Ethics  (4.5 units)
 SCME2005  Media Audiences  (4.5 units)
 SCME2100  Media Policy  (4.5 units)
 SCME2102  Gender, Media and Technology  (4.5 units)
 SCME2107  Asian Cinema  (4.5 units)
 SCME3002  Cinema and Fantasy  (4.5 units)
 SCME3007  Kids' Media Cultures  (4.5 units)
 SCME3012  Independent Research Project in Screen Studies  (4.5 units)
 SCME3013  Researching and Curating Australian Screen and Media  (4.5 units)
 SCME3014  VFX Histories and Theories  (4.5 units)

Visual Arts

 VISA2401  Sculpture  (4.5 units)
 VISA2402  Art History and Theory  (4.5 units)
 VISA2403  Printmaking  (4.5 units)
 VISA2404  Studio Practice  (4.5 units)
 VISA3401  Visual Art Specialisation Part A  (4.5 units)
 VISA3402  Visual Art Specialisation Part B  (4.5 units)
 VISA3403  Painting 2  (4.5 units)
 VISA3404  Visual Thinking and Creativity  (4.5 units)

Information Technology

 COMP2711  Computer Programming 2  (4.5 units)
 COMP2741  Application Development  (4.5 units)
 COMP2772  Web-Based Systems Development  (4.5 units)
 COMP2781  Computer Mathematics  (4.5 units)
 COMP2782  Social and Information Networks (4.5 units)
 COMP2xxx  Operating Systems  (4.5 units)
 COMP3712  Computer Programming 3  (4.5 units)
 COMP3721  Enterprise Information Security  (4.5 units)
 COMP3722  Theory and Practice of Computation  (4.5 units)
 COMP3732  Enterprise Cloud Systems  (4.5 units)
 COMP3742  Intelligent Systems  (4.5 units)
 COMP3751  Interactive Computer Systems  (4.5 units)
 COMP3752  Computer Game Development  (4.5 units)
 COMP3771  Advanced Database  (4.5 units)
 COMP3781  Cybersecurity (4.5 units)
 COMP3782  Information Technology Project  (4.5 units)
 COMP3792  Information Technology Practicum  (9 units)
 ENGR2xxx  Computer Networks  (4.5 units)

Small Business, Management and Legal Issues

 BUSN1012  Management, People and Organisations (4.5 units)
 BUSN1022  Marketing Principles (4.5 units)
 BUSN2020  Consumer Behaviour  (4.5 units)
 BUSN3027  E-Business (4.5 units)
 LEGL2114  Regulating Small Business (4.5 units)
 LEGL3112  Regulating Technology (4.5 units)

Digital Media - Stream B (CDW Studios)

Core - Year 1 topics

27 units comprising:

 COMS1001  Academic and Professional Communication  (4.5 units)
 CREA1001  Introduction to the Creative Arts  (4.5 units)
 SCME1400  Digital Fundamentals 1  (4.5 units)
 SCME1401  Digital Fundamentals 2  (4.5 units)
 SCME1402  Core Studio 1  (4.5 units)
 SCME1403  Digital Principles 1  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

plus 9 units from the Option - Year 1 topics listed below.

Core - Year 2 topics

27 units comprising:

 CREA2106  Creative Arts Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 SCME2109  Multimedia Production Part 2 (4.5 units)
 SCME2400  Digital Fundamentals 3  (4.5 units)
 SCME2401  Digital Fundamentals 4  (4.5 units)
 SCME2402  Core Studio 2  (4.5 units)
 SCME2403  Digital Principles 2  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 topics

plus 9 units from the upper level option topics listed below.

Core - Year 3 topics

27 units comprising:

 CREA3301  Practicum/Project in Creative Arts A  (4.5 units)
 CREA3302  Practicum/Project in Creative Arts B  (4.5 units)
 SCME3301  Digital Entertainment Production 1  (4.5 units)
 SCME3302  Digital Entertainment Production 2  (4.5 units)
 SCME3400  Research and Development 1  (4.5 units)
 SCME3401  Creative Practice  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 3 topics

plus 9 units from the upper level option topics listed below.

Option topics

Optional topics allow students to develop a second area of specialisation. For further advice, please consult the Course Coordinator.

Option - Year 1 topics

Screen and Digital Media Production

 SCME1004  3D Media Studio A  (4.5 units)
 SCME1410  Production Project 1  (4.5 units)
 SCME1411  Art and Design Practice 1  (4.5 units)

Screen and Media Culture

 SCME1000  Film Form and Analysis  (4.5 units)
 SCME1001  Media and Society  (4.5 units)
 SCME1002  Convergence Cultures  (4.5 units)

Information Technology

 COMP1001  Fundamentals of Computing  (4.5 units)
 COMP1102  Computer Programming 1  (4.5 units)
 COMP1701  Simulation and Serious Game Design  (4.5 units)
 COMP1711  Database Modelling and Knowledge Engineering  (4.5 units)
 COMP1712  Software Engineering Principles and Practice  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1762  Networks and Cybersecurity  (4.5 units)

Innovation and Creative Thinking

 INNO1001 Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities (4.5 units)

Option - Upper Level topics

Digital Media Production

 SCME2108  Multimedia Production Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SCME2201  Interaction Design  (4.5 units)
 SCME2202  3D Media Studio B  (4.5 units)
 SCME2203  3D Media Studio C  (4.5 units)
 SCME2410  Design Studio 2  (4.5 units)
 SCME2411  Art and Design Practice 2  (4.5 units)
 SCME2412  Studio Practice 1 (4.5 units)
 SCME2413  Studio Practice 2 (4.5 units)
 SCME3005  Digital Games  (4.5 units)
 SCME3410  Research and Development 2  (4.5 units)
 SCME3411  Production Practice  (4.5 units)

Screen and Media Culture

 SCME2001  Television Studies  (4.5 units)
 SCME2003  Non-fiction Form and Ethics  (4.5 units)
 SCME2005  Media Audiences  (4.5 units)
 SCME2071  Introduction to Screenwriting   (4.5 units)        
 SCME2100  Media Policy  (4.5 units)
 SCME2102  Gender, Media and Technology  (4.5 units)
 SCME2107  Asian Cinema  (4.5 units)
 SCME3002  Cinema and Fantasy  (4.5 units)
 SCME3007  Kids' Media Cultures  (4.5 units)
 SCME3012  Independent Research Project in Screen Studies  (4.5 units)
 SCME3014  VFX Histories and Theories  (4.5 units)

Visual Arts

 VISA2402  Art History and Theory  (4.5 units)

Small Business, Management and Legal Issues

 BUSN1012  Management, People and Organisations (4.5 units)
 BUSN1022  Marketing Principles (4.5 units)
 BUSN2020  Consumer Behaviour  (4.5 units)
 BUSN3027  E-Business (4.5 units)
 LEGL2114  Regulating Small Business (4.5 units)
 LEGL3112  Regulating Technology (4.5 units)

Honours

Refer to Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)