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Associate Degree of Digital Media - CC26

CQUniversity's Associate Degree of Digital Media can prepare you for para-professional work in the digital media industries. This course will provide you with skills and knowledge that can be applied in a variety of fields associated with design, technology and media. The flexible course structure allows you to focus on your strengths and interests by pursuing minors in graphic design, interactive media, screen production, animation, or a combination of these areas.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

Online, On Campus

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:60 ATAR:60

UNITS/CREDITS

12/96

DURATION

2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Online

PREREQUISITES

English (Units 3 and 4, C)

RECOMMENDED STUDY

No recommended study required

CRICOS

083582G

The Associate Degree of Digital Media can prepare you for paraprofessional work within the media and communications industry by providing practical skills and relevant theory that can be applied in a variety of fields associated with design, technology and media.

The course's flexible structure allows you to focus on your individual strengths and interests by pursuing specialisations in Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Screen Production, Animation, or a combination of these areas.

Working within multimedia computer laboratories and production studios, you will learn how to create digital media works using industry-standard software tools and techniques. You will learn how to think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, and work independently and collaboratively in response to digital media project demands.

The course can be studied on-campus or online, providing maximum flexibility.

The Diploma of Digital Media is an optional exit / interim award within the Associate Degree of Digital Media and the Bachelor of Digital Media.

The Associate Degree of Digital Media is an optional exit / interim award within the Bachelor of Digital Media.

Graduates of the Diploma of Digital Media may articulate into the second year of either the Associate Degree of Digital Media or the Bachelor of Digital Media.

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Digital Media may articulate into the third year of the Bachelor of Digital Media.

Core Units 8 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units 4

Course structure

You are required to complete 16 units including eight core units and two four-unit minors in either graphic design, interactive media, screen production, animation.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Greater choices

Our Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor of Digital Media provide a specialised view of digital media at varying levels. Each will prepare you with practical skills and relevant theory that can be applied to design, technology and media.

The diploma provides you with a solid foundation of digital media principles and provides a pathway into the associate degree and bachelor. The associate degree and bachelor provide you with the flexibility to focus on your strengths and interests with a choice of minors available in animation, graphic design, interactive media, or screen production.The bachelor advances your skills, knowledge and experience offering you opportunities to complete real-world projects.

Seamless pathways

The Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor of Digital Media provide you with study options that transition seamlessly.

Choose your study level

You have the option to start at any level or work your way up from the diploma through to the bachelor. If you commence your studies with the Diploma of Digital Media, upon completion, you will be able to transition into the second year of the Associate Degree or Bachelors.

If you start with the Associate Degree of Digital Media and would like to continue with further study, you will be able to transition into the third year of the Bachelor.

If you study the Bachelor, the Diploma and Associate Degree are embedded as exit and interim awards.

Learning opportunities

Throughout your studies, you will work within multimedia computer laboratories and production studios and learn how to create digital media works using industry-standard software tools and techniques.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2024Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2023Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2024Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online
MinorsUnitsDescription
Animation4
Graphic Design4
Interactive Media4
Screen Production4

Choose a minor to suit you

Benefit from a choice of minors to tailor your studies to suit your career goals or learning interests. Discover more about each minor below, what you will learn and where it can take you. 

Graphic Design

The graphic design minor covers advanced units in visual design, print design, photography and social media management using standard software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. It builds on core foundation units in visual design and illustration.

Interactive Media

Interactive Media covers advanced units in application development, game design and mobile application development, using technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MYSQL and industry-standard software such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe XD and Unity.

Screen Production

A minor in screen production has advanced units in screenwriting, production, editing and postproduction for both narrative films and documentaries, using industry-standard software such as Adobe Premiere and Adobe Audition. It builds on core foundation units in digital video and audio production.

Animation

Animation is a minor with advanced units in motion graphics,3D computer graphics, 3D character design and 3D animation using industry-standard software such as Autodesk Maya and Adobe After Effects. It builds on core foundation units in 2D animation.

Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

Rank threshold

The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course.

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 60 | ATAR 60.0


Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent); or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification; or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date the the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

Not applicable

The digital revolution has dramatically changed the way we work, learn, play and communicate. It has created jobs that didn’t exist a decade ago and it has profoundly changed others. People who are skilled in the production and application of digital media are in demand. Completion of the Associate Degree of Digital Media will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in fields such as:

  • web design
  • graphic design
  • publishing
  • photography
  • illustration
  • animation
  • game development
  • software development
  • audio production
  • video production
  • film and television post-production
  • visual effects
  • advertising
  • marketing
  • education and training
Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$12,146.00

Indicative first-year fee

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Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Other study costs

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

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What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre

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Victoria; Tasmania

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Option 2: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.

As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.
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