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Interested in Media Arts?

Combine your creativity with our advanced technologies and enter the exciting world of film, television, visual effects (VFX) and digital media.

Media Arts at UniSA combines practical production, workplace experience and theory taught by professionals, and provides students with a comprehensive degree in film, television, VFX, and media production. All of our Media Arts qualifications are created in close consultation with leaders in the creative industries so your studies are always professionally relevant. You’ll learn using industry-standard facilities, including television, radio, production and sound studios. 

Through internships and industry placements you’ll gain  collaborative, real-world experience and you’ll finish your studies with a professional standard portfolio of work. You even have the opportunity to undertake a full year placement with Rising Sun Pictures, as part of the Bachelor of Media Arts. The currency and relevance of our Media Arts qualifications means you will graduate career-ready, and be a valuable asset in an industry that is constantly changing and adapting. With a qualification in Media Arts you’re set to educate, entertain and inspire the world. 

Key features

  • Work on real-world projects with industry professionals.

  • Graduate career-ready, with your own portfolio of work. 

  • Learn in industry-standard television, production and radio studios - UniSA is home to one of SA’s largest green screens.

  • Work with the latest software, hardware and technologies, including industry-standard cameras, and our new motion capture and VR studios. 

  • Choose to study part of your degree overseas as part of our international exchange and in-country study programs.  

  • Have the opportunity to be selected for a placement with visual effects studio, Rising Sun Pictures.

  • 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.

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)

Why UniSA?

Building your career is our business – and we are very good at it. We're number one in South Australia for graduate careers1. You will learn in our on-campus TV studio, radio studio, sound studio and editing suites, and our collaboration with Rising Sun Pictures means you will gain real-world experience.

You’ll be taught by professionals who lead the pack in their industry. Our academics and tutors have a very practical approach to learning, and you’ll work on real issues and get real experience. We’ve invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

We’re also Australia’s youngest university to get five-stars in research2 and this excellence shines through our teaching. Our people are inspired by challenges and opportunities. We partner with local icons and international industry professionals to focus on real-world projects.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.  
22017 QS Stars Ratings


UniSA offers 8 Media Arts degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

Media Arts studies can lead to all kinds of exciting and diverse careers. Here are just a few:

  • 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
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university and our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,000 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like: 

  • Disability SA
  • Royal Society for the Blind
  • Seven Network
  • Nine Network
  • Network Ten
  • Australian Broadcast Corporation
  • Rising Sun Pictures 
  • Matchbox Pictures
  • Mighty Kingdom

Industry facts


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


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

1PwC Media and Entertainment Outlook report 2016


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

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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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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.

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Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017