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.
On Campus, Online
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Online
English (Units 3 and 4, C)
No recommended study required
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|
Course structureYou 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 informationFor information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
Credit transfer informationIf you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
Greater choicesOur 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 pathwaysThe Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor of Digital Media provide you with study options that transition seamlessly.
Choose your study levelYou 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 opportunitiesThroughout 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.
|Term 1 - 2023||Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton|
|Term 2 - 2022||Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton|
|Term 2 - 2023||Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton|
|Term 1 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2022||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2023||Available Online|
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 DesignThe 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.
Screen ProductionA 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.
AnimationAnimation 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.
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 profileIf 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, 2021.
Institute profileTo find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2021 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 RequirementsNo information available at this time.
Health RequirementsNo information available at this time.
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
- game development
- software development
- audio production
- video production
- film and television post-production
- visual effects
- education and training
|2022 Indicative Fees|
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$12,146.00|
The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. It is based on a standard full-time study load (generally this is two terms of study, with four units studied per term). Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
|Fee Category||Commonwealth Supported Place|
|What is a Commonwealth Supported Place?||A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.|
|Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place?||
You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
|Fee Type||Student Contribution|
|What is a Student contribution?||As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.|
|What is my Student Contribution?||
Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
The majority of units within this course fall within Band 1. Some units may fall within Band 2 and/or 3.
|HECS-HELP and payment options||
HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.
If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.
|Other Fees||You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.|
|Other study costs||You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.|
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|Queensland||ONL: 852145; CNS: 822141; ROK: 852141; MKY: 842141; BDG: 812141; BNE: 882141|
|New South Wales||ONL: 160911; SYD: 160910|
|Western Australia||ONL: 150911|
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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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|If you live in||Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*|
|Queensland||Apply via QTAC|
|New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory||Apply via UAC|
Apply via VTAC
|South Australia; Northern Territory; Western Australia||Apply via ApplyCQUNI|
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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.