Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

153410 v.3 Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia Design)

Course CRICOS Code: 027174M
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 3 Years


Multimedia is a continually evolving area situated between art, technology and society. This course considers multimedia primarily as designed experiences produced through the exploration and experimentation of concepts, aesthetics, contextual issues andmedia technologies for an array of purposes such as education and training, entertainment, commerce and cultural enrichment. This course facilitates vigorous development in students' conceptual abilities in the fundamentals of multimedia design through historical, theoretical and critical analysis of multimedia and related fields. Students will investigate the broader contexts of emerging technologies and discover relevant design issues. Through project-based works in conjunction with theoretical investigations, students will explore innovative ways to put ideas into practice while developing abilities, skills and competencies in all aspects of multimedia design. The course encourages students to explore their own interests and direct their learning by offering a range of optional units. In determining their own study program, students will develop a broader outlook, gain practical strength, and particularly, learn how to adapt to multimedia design's fast-changing social and technological environment.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites


Specific Requirements

STAT elements considered are E and either V or Q. Applicants are required to undertake the portfolio/Interview process, as described in the Multimedia Design Application Kit. All applicants should contact Faculty of BEAD (Built Environment, Art and Design), Student Services (618) 9266 4061 by the end of September for a kit. Portfolios will take some time to prepare, and must be submitted by the end of November. some applicants will be invited to attend interviews in December. this process allows the applicant to demonstrate relevant skills and aptitudes for success in this demanding course. Recognition of Prior Learning is also assessed at this time.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This course is of three years full-time study. While part-time studies are not discouraged, applicants are reminded that these programs make very great demands on students' time outside formal contact hours. A number of units are available in distance education mode.

Professional Recognition

As a newly emerging area, multimedia design does not have a single traditional or legislative professional membership or accreditation body. However, practitioners are currently accepted into a variety of allied fields' professional associations, including - SIGGRAPH (internationally), AIMIA Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry Association (nationally), AGDA Australian Graphic Designers' Association (nationally) and Media Space (locally).

Career Opportunities

Education - online and distance education packages, interactive museum exhibition design, curriculum and training packages. Commerce - website designs, e-commerce, marketing and advertising. Entertainment - special effects, 3-D visualisation, 3-D animation and cell animation, motion graphics in television, gaming etc. Science - scientific visualisation. Art - art and cultural research and expression, public art installations; criticism and consultancy. Academic - postgraduate and further studies research.

Additional Course Expenses

All applicants to Department of Design programs must be prepared to meet a substantial portion of the course, consumable cost's chiefly in the personal purchase of design materials. The department provides as much basic material as possible, but the highly varied nature of consumables and personal preferences of students does not allow it to meet all of these wider needs. All students are also required to own or have access to a 35mm single lens reflex camera, either fully manual or automatic with manualoverride. The department strongly recommends that students have access to a computer with software relevant to requirements of the course. Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

301052 v.3   Internet Studies 103 - Socio-Technological Introduction 2.0 25.0
309236 v.1   Multimedia Design 171 - Audio and Visual 4.0 25.0
309238 v.1   Multimedia Design 173 - Space and Time 4.0 25.0
309240 v.1   Multimedia Design 175 - Theory and Practice 3.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

309237 v.1   Multimedia Design 172 - Tools and Concepts 4.0 25.0
309239 v.1   Multimedia Design 174 - Interactivity and Narrative 4.0 25.0
309242 v.1   Multimedia Design 176 - History and Context 3.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

309241 v.1   Multimedia Design 271 - Multimedia Design Process 4.0 25.0
309244 v.1   Multimedia Design 273 - Interdisciplinary Practice 4.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 2

309243 v.1   Multimedia Design 272 - User Focus Practice 4.0 25.0
309245 v.1   Multimedia Design 274 - Design for Community 4.0 25.0

Year 3 Semester 1

309246 v.1   Multimedia Design 371 - Folio Development 8.0 50.0

Year 3 Semester 2

309235 v.1   Multimedia Design 372 - Multimedia Delivery 8.0 50.0
Optional units (No year level specified) Hrs/Wk Credits
1532 v.8   Film and Television 121 - Screen Production Techniques 5.0 25.0
1633 v.4   Scientific Photography 101 3.0 12.5
1920 v.7   Software Technology 151 5.0 25.0
8886 v.10   Journalism 318 - Photo Journalism 3.0 25.0
10004 v.3   Design in Context 191 3.0 25.0
10005 v.3   Design in Context 192 2.75 25.0
10006 v.3   Design in Context 291 3.0 25.0
10008 v.3   Design Management 391 3.0 25.0
10010 v.4   Design Reflective Practice 392 3.0 25.0
11712 v.2   Small Business 200 3.0 25.0
12881 v.6   Media, Communication and Information 112 - Critical Communication 3.0 25.0
12942 v.3   Art Visual Research 192 3.0 25.0
301551 v.2   Multimedia Design Introduction 291 3.0 25.0
301582 v.2   Three-dimensional Computer Animation Introduction 292 3.0 25.0
301583 v.3   Animation and Motion Graphics Introduction 292 3.0 25.0
301584 v.2   Internet Design Introduction 291 3.0 25.0
301713 v.3   Animation and Motion Graphics Project 391 3.0 25.0
301714 v.2   Three-dimensional Animation Project 391 3.0 25.0
301715 v.3   Animation and Motion Graphics Project 392 3.0 25.0
301716 v.2   Three-dimensional Animation Project 392 3.0 25.0
301833 v.3   Information Studies 203 - Information Design 3.0 25.0
303285 v.2   Internet Interactivity Design 392 3.0 25.0
303287 v.2   Internet Dynamic Environment Design 391 3.0 25.0
303288 v.2   Internet Design Project 392 3.0 25.0
303290 v.2   Internet Usability Design 391 3.0 25.0
303713 v.2   Film and Television 244 - Screenwriting - The Interactive Screen 3.0 25.0
303946 v.4   Fashion and Textile Studio 191 3.0 25.0
306026 v.1   Internet Studies 215 - Internet Media Business 2.0 25.0
306486 v.1   Internet Design 292 3.0 25.0
306954 v.1   Animatronics Design 292 3.0 25.0
306964 v.1   Illustration Techniques 291 3.0 25.0
308434 v.1   Design Photography 191 4.0 12.5
308437 v.1   Design Photography 192 4.0 12.5
308447 v.1   Design Methods 392 3.0 25.0
# Students must take 25 credits worth of options of each of the following; Animation Units, CD-ROM Design units, Internet Design units and Photography or Drawing units. Options to be approved by the course coordinator
* In consultation with the course coordinator, students may select multimedia-related options in Film and Television, Design, Art, Internet Studies, Mass Communication, Business, Computer Science and other disciplines


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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