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Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBME

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2020: AUD$ 28,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
058520G

Degree overview

  • Study Film, Television, Visual Effects and Digital Media.
  • Specialise in Film and Television or Visual Effects.
  • Gain an understanding of the professional production cycle from conceptualisation through to production and post-production.
  • Work on real-world projects with industry professionals.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art television and radio studios - UniSA is home to one of SA’s largest green screens.
  • Work with the latest industry standard software, hardware and technology.
  • Have the opportunity to be selected for a placement with Rising Sun Pictures, or
  • Study the entire third year of your degree with Rising Sun Pictures*
  • Apply for the Bachelor of Media Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) packaged option– it’s a pathway straight into postgraduate study.
  • Graduate career-ready, with your own digital portfolio of work.
  • Learn from world-class educators and researchers – we’re number one in South Australia for Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences1 and number one in research in Psychology, Cultural Studies and Linguistics, Sociology, Creative Arts and Writing, Language, Communication and Culture2.

*Entry is competitive and skills and performance may be taken into account. 
1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey and Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Overall Satisfaction and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

The Bachelor of Media Arts is an innovative degree that puts you at the cutting-edge of digital and media development.

You'll develop the technical knowledge and experience needed to enter the exciting world of screen production and content creation. While you study you will develop the skills and contacts you need for a successful career in the creative industries; graduating with a digital portfolio of work and practical industry experience.

You also have the opportunity to specialise in visual effects in your third year of study at world-renowned VFX studio, Rising Sun Pictures where you will study alongside industry professionals and mentors. 

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. 

You could also continue your studies with a Master of Teaching and teach media arts. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

If you would like to apply directly into the Bachelor of Media Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) package option, please apply via SATAC using 444531.

 

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Throughout the degree, you will explore theory and practice combining traditional and digital forms required by industry. You will gain an understanding in all stages of the professional production cycle from conceptualisation and script writing, through to production and post-production.

You will analyse film and media from around the globe to gain insight into different creative contexts, forms and practices. Develop professional knowledge in screenwriting and the production of documentary, experimental and narrative film and television, VFX, and website development, while understanding different media platforms and the end-user experience.

You will engage with industry leaders across all disciplines, work on real-world projects and use the latest production software and technologies, graduating career-ready with your own portfolio of production work, showcasing your practical skills and creativity across a variety of media forms. If you are interested in specialising in VFX, you will have the opportunity to apply for a placement with Rising Sun Pictures, studying the entire third year of your degree at their studio located in the CBD and working alongside world-class VFX artists.

You'll work autonomously and collaboratively throughout the degree - just like in industry across a range of different roles, preparing you for a move into national and international industries when you graduate.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Hollywood Film and Television INFT 1015 4.5
Cinematic Design INFT 1019 4.5
Introduction to Digital Media INFT 1014 4.5
Introduction to Screenwriting COMM 1079 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 and 6
Global Film and Television COMM 1077 4.5
Introduction to CGI COMM 1067 4.5
Introduction to Screen Sound COMM 1078 4.5
Digital Design Essentials COMM 1066 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Narrative Film COMM 2084 4.5
Screen Genres and Media Hybrids COMM 2085 4.5
Digital Compositing COMM 2094 4.5
Design for Digital Technologies COMM 2080 4.5
OR
Modelling and Texturing COMM 2096 4.5 Note(s): 5,6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Documentary Film COMM 2081 4.5
Dynamic Effects COMM 3068 4.5
Character Performance COMM 2083 4.5
Web Design and Development COMM 2082 4.5
OR
Development and Lighting COMM 2097 4.5 Note(s): 5,6
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4,6
Film, Entertainment and Aesthetics COMM 3080 4.5 Note(s): 3,6
Experimental Studio COMM 3066 4.5 Note(s): 3,6
Web Design Technology GRAP 3012 4.5 Note(s): 3,6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Internship or Project COMM 3063 4.5 Note(s): 4,6
Creative Production COMM 3065 4.5 Note(s): 4,6
Screen Media Research Methods COMM 3067 4.5 Note(s): 4,6
Digital Mediascapes COMM 3079 4.5 Note(s): 3,6

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. There may be essays, assignments and occasional exams. You could also expect:

  • industry-relevant projects
  • oral or online presentations
  • finished work such as a films, animations or websites
  • journals outlining your experiences working on a project

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Media Arts

Why this Degree

This degree provides you with transferable ideas, skills and a broad body of professional knowledge in the discipline strands of Film, Television, Visual Effects and Digital Media.

Our graduates include a winner of the South Australian Film Corporation Young Filmmakers of the Future Award, Tropfest finalists, and Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award nominees. Media Arts puts you at the cutting-edge of digital and media development; it combines theoretical learning with hands-on production in creative media. You will:

  • work on real-world projects with industry professionals
  • learn in state-of-the-art television and radio studios that boast industry-standard equipment
  • use the latest industry-standard software, hardware and technology

Within the visual effects specialisation, you have the opportunity to spend the entire third year of the degree studying at award-winning visual effects company Rising Sun Pictures*. You will receive practical training in the core skills of entry-level visual effects artists, produce an industry-standard show reel of work, and establish valuable industry networks.

*please note that you will need to apply for this opportunity and entry is competitive. Courses will be delivered at the RSP studios based in the Adelaide CBD.

Real-world connections

This degree is hands-on and practical. It includes industry-based courses so you can build vital relationships that may be beneficial after graduation. In one of our most popular industry placements, selected students spend their entire final year studying with visual effects studio, Rising Sun Pictures. They get practical training in the core skills of entry-level visual effects artists, and build their industry networks. You could also develop your networks by taking part in the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience, an internship, a student exchange, or a media industry placement.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Media Arts graduate, Keachie Manalastas, talks about her experience studying UniSA's Bachelor of Media Arts which equipped her for work experience with Mighty Kingdom where she now works.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Media arts professionals are curious and observant; they are creative and dedicated to expressing their experience of the world. Our students are passionate about the television, film, visual effects, game design, and digital production industries. Career outcomes include:

  • Director / Filmmaker: create, direct or produce feature or short films for cinema, television or online
  • Visual Effects artist: work as a compositor, FX artist, editor, or production coordinator
  • Animator: create images, animations and illustrations – using software and/or by hand – for media such as film, television, video games and advertising
  • Digital/Web Designer: this is a very broad field that includes developing a visual look and doing technical production for websites, games, apps, and graphics
  • Video Editor: part of the post production process, video editing can also include working with special effects
  • Graphic Designer: use industry-specific software to design and produce print, web and multimedia products; some graphic designers are also illustrators
  • Television Producer: can be in charge of everything from scheduling and budgeting to creative control of a program
  • Screenwriter: develop ideas and scripts for film and television productions
  • Cinematographer / DOP: Coordinate and manage film crews, and develop the ‘visual look’ of a production

Industry facts

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Employment for performing arts technicians in Australia is projected to increase by 15.9 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Between now and 2020, the total Australian media and entertainment market will reach $47.4 billion1.

1PwC Media and Entertainment Outlook report 2016

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By 2020 employment for film, television, radio and stage directors in Australia is projected to increase by 14 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

Alternative Pathways

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved.

You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, pools, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options.

If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Media Arts students also have the opportunity to get involved in the online student radio station, UniCast, and our TV studio, where various Community Channel 44 TV shows broadcast live from our Magill campus.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a media arts student you will have access to:

  • dedicated computer/editing suites with state-of-the-art software, so you can work on high-end visual effects and animation projects
  • industry-standard facilities including an online TV studio, radio studio and sound studio
  • one of South Australia’s largest green screens
Your study spaces

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What others are saying

I love that my degree has both theory and practical components. The teachers are fantastic – they are great at explaining things and are passionate about the topics we study. I was really impressed by the available film equipment UniSA has to offer, as well as the television and green-screen studios.

Grace Miles

Bachelor of Media Arts

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Grace Miles

Bachelor of Media Arts

The skills I learnt at UniSA really helped me succeed in my role, as the software programs we used were exactly the same. I have also freelanced as a graphic designer, and the practical learning from my Digital Media courses really helped ground my designs.

Chelsea Mirus

Bachelor of Media Arts
Employment: Rising Sun Pictures
Role: Production Coordinator

Chelsea Mirus

Chelsea Mirus

Bachelor of Media Arts
<br />Employment: Rising Sun Pictures

My time at UniSA massively set me up for the challenges ahead; especially on how to work on multiple projects at once. My biggest piece of advice for film students is to get your hands dirty! As a producer, I still make sure that all of my camera, audio, lighting and editing skills are up to date because then I can help out on the low budget projects in all aspects. It also gives you some scope as to how long something takes to be able to schedule correctly, and also how stressful or taxing each task might be on your crew so you can plan ahead. I love working in film, it’s crazy, it’s stressful, it’s collaborative and you end up with an amazing piece of work to show the world at the end!

Jodie Kirkbride

Bachelor of Media Arts
Employment: KOJO
Role: Producer's Assistant

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Jodie Kirkbride

Bachelor of Media Arts
<br />Employment: KOJO

I have really enjoyed working with and learning from teachers that are, or have been, active in the film industry. Whether it is using a sophisticated camera for the first time, or working with industry-recognised CGI and VFX programs, there is no match for learning from experienced professionals.

Lachlan Doherty

Bachelor of Media Arts

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Lachlan Doherty

Bachelor of Media Arts