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Undergraduate Handbook

Media (Media Production) - 3428

Program Summary

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Typical Duration: 3 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 6
Max UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC For Award: 144
Bachelor of Media
Bachelor of Media (Honours)
Bachelor of Media (Major)
Bachelor of Media (Minor)

Program Description

The Bachelor of Media in Media Production provides skills and concepts that are relevant to career pathways in a wide range of media production and communication industries that rely on digital media. The program emphasises computer-based interactive and multimedia skills, focussing on established and emerging media forms and media innovation. The degree is both ideas driven and vocationally relevant in its orientation and all students are given significant practical experience in the thoughtful and creative applications of established and emerging computer-based media technologies. While specialising in Media Production, students will be immersed in the culture and philosophy of media studies through their courses in the media core that provides theoretical contexts of contemporary media. In addition, students will complete a minor in the humanities or social sciences, permitting them to study a second field in depth.

First and second levels cover interactive and digital media production and contextual media studies. As students proceed into the third level, the program expands and deepens knowledge and understanding in the technical, analytical and conceptual application of media technology to the design of various Media Production environments, as well as focussing on emerging trends and innovations in contemporary media practices. Some of the technologies currently addressed include: web and graphic design, animation; multimedia; and interactive virtual environments.

A fourth (Honours) year of study is an option for selected students.

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Students are prepared for a leadership role in the thoughtful application of Media Production technologies informed by a solid understanding of media theory. In this program students are not simply skilled up in the use of computers and media applications, but are encouraged to become media innovators who are able to tackle complex issues by drawing on their integrated practical and theoretical expertise.

Students become immersed in the current culture of contemporary media production. They are encouraged to test out emerging ideas and developments and look for novel ways to approach the design of the media such as, web sites, games and other areas of the expanding contemporary media industry. Graduates will have expertise in a wide range of interactive and animation tools, but more importantly, they will be able to interpret and reflect on emerging media practices, enabling them to take leading creative roles in the rapidly changing media industries.

Career opportunities

This program enables students to develop skills and knowledge for professional work in some of the media industries most rapidly evolving areas such as, web design and production, gaming and interactive virtual environments, and other areas of media production, design and distribution.

Program Structure

Level 1
Core courses - Media
Core Courses - Media Production major
Elective Courses - Media Production major
Note: BENV1042 is a prerequisite for an Upper Level elective in web design. BENV1043 is a prerequisite for an Upper Level elective in multimedia.

Level 2
In Level 2 students do core courses in Modes of Publishing and either Global Media or Media Mobilities. They also do two core production courses Bodies and Interfaces and Animating Media. They are also able to do electives from a wide selection of courses in digital media design and production, computer game design, interactive environments and advanced web design.

Level 3
Level 3 core courses investigate key issues in the role of media in public culture and the relationship between publics and publicity, media aesthetics, technologies and innovation, and a major production project. Students are also able to do more media production electives from the elective list.

Sample Program

Bachelor of Media (Media Production) - Sample Program
(Example Only)
Media Core
Media Production
Major Part 1
MProd Major Part 2 & Electives
Arts Minor (e.g. English)
Year 1
ARTS1090 (6)
ARTS1091 (6)
MDIA1000 (6)
MDIA1001 (6)
MProd Major Elective (6)
Free Elective 1 (6)
English course (6)
English course (6)
Year 2
Media Core (6)
Media Core (6)
MProd Major (6)   
MProd Major (6)
MProd  Major Elective (6)
Gen Ed 1 (6)
English course (6)
English course (6)
Year 3
Media Core (6)
Media Core (6)
MProd Major Elective (6)
MProd  Major (6)
Gen Ed 2 (6)
Free Elective 2 (6)
English course (6)
English course (6)

General Education Requirements

To fulfill the University's General Education requirement students must complete 12 units of credit selected from courses outside the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This requirement is met if a major or minor not offered by the Faculty as listed above (for example, Economics) is completed.

Academic Rules

To complete the requirements for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Media in Media Production a student must:
  • Complete a 36UOC Media core, a 48UOC Media Production Major, and a 36UOC Arts Minor.
  • As a General Education requirement, 12UOC of electives are to be taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • A student must complete at least 18UOC of Level 1 courses before enrolling in Level 2 courses and no more than 60UOC in total of Level 1 courses including their General Education electives.
  • Complete a minimum of 84UOC from courses convened by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Students must adhere to the above program rules, the UNSW 3 year undergraduate degree rules and complete 144UOC to graduate.

Honours entry is subject to approval by the Head of School. It requires a pass degree (144UoC) with at least a 70% average in the upper levels of the Media Core.

Student must complete an approved sequence (36 units of credit) in one of the following areas of study:
* denotes minors offered by Faculties other than Arts and Social Sciences


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Important Information

The Academic Rules for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate programs and the online enrolment facility provide students with a wide range of course choices. The online enrolment facility checks that students meet the enrolment requirements for individual courses but not that a course complies with Program Rules. Students are responsible for ensuring they are enrolling in accordance with the Academic Rules outlined above. Students should not assume that because they have enrolled in a course online that the course is automatically credited to their degree program.

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