2024: February, April, July, September

2 years

2024: A$16,100*
* fee per semester

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We are currently accepting applications for this course.


Shake up the digital-media landscape and be at the forefront of this rapidly moving global industry with VU's Master of Digital Media.

Advance your career options as a digital media professional or learn how to implement digital transformations in your current industry.

VU’s Master of Digital Media is designed for a future-focused professional with an entrepreneurial spirit.

This course, informed by an advisory panel of prominent practitioners from industry and government, offers key insights into the very latest industry practices and processes.

Through our flexible and regularly updated curriculum, you’ll learn the skills to excel in:

  • user experience (UX) design
  • game production
  • search engine optimisation
  • content production and strategy
  • visualisations of data
  • social network and web analytics
  • design research.

You’ll also graduate with an impressive portfolio of UX and human-centred design research method examples.

On completion you’ll be ready to work as a digital media strategist, web designer or cross-media practitioner – making you indispensable in this global, progressive sector.

The course is informed by industry experts to help you understand and respond to the issues facing the industry.

In your second year of study, you’ll undertake a research project with both a practical and written component and have the option to link this to a known industry problem.

You can also gain sought-after business skills by embarking on a work placement or internship within our network of industry leaders.

VU also runs an annual event, to which all past graduates are invited, where we discuss and analyse that year’s industry developments, how we’ve incorporated them in our businesses and projects - and what’s in store for the future of digital media.

Industry practitioners take modules within the course. This year we have had the pleasure of working with the following people:

  • Andrea Andric (Content and Community Strategist at Arts Centre Melbourne)
  • Pete Chamberlain (Senior UX Designer at Seek Learning)
  • Dr Jenna Corcoran (Studio Manager, Studio Alec Finlay)
  • Amira Meyer (Digital Operations Manager at Melbourne Water)
  • Ed Spurrier (Head of Technology And Development at Information Data Solutions)
  • Jo Szczepanska (Consumer Experience and Codesign Consultant at Dental Health Services Victoria).

Students can receive assignment credit for attending one of the many industry events in Melbourne.

Delivered by VU’s College of Arts, this course is taught at our City Campus. In the heart of Melbourne’s busy CBD, the campus is within walking distance to a range of great restaurants, shops and easy transport options.

This master degree is the final stage of a nested suite of three courses that make up the Master of Digital Media. The first stage is a Graduate Certificate in Digital Media and the second stage is a Graduate Diploma in Digital Media. Alternatively, you can enrol directly in this Master of Digital Media course.

Completion of one stage gives you credit towards the next. You can choose to exit the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level.

Students studying Digital Media now have the chance to bring their children, of all ages, to class.

The Kids in Class program offers students four kid-friendly tutorials for every unit they study. The remainder of units can be completed online, with the option to attend tutorials in person. Participating units:

Contact Natasha Dwyer for more information: [email protected].

Congratulations to our students who have achieved success in the field in 2019:

  • Fumi Goto (currently Digital Services Lead, Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), Winner of the Malthouse Most Creative Postgraduate Digital Media student 2018 (awarded at our 2019 College Awards).
  • Clera Sam, for her notation in Papua New Guinea’s national newspaper.
  • Maria Sol Paredes Vidal, for winning a funded place on the program “Study Melbourne Language & Internship Program in China”, a partnership between the Victorian Government and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE).
  • Biplav Acharya, Mario Beltran, Miriam Gelotte, Sumanth Jagarlamudi and also alumni, Tomas Krcho for presenting at VU’s Teaching and Learning Symposium 2019.
  • Nitya Pillai for gaining employment in VU’s Connected Learning Team. She joins other VU students, including Biplav Acharya, Mario Beltran, Miriam Gelotte and alumni Tomas Krcho and Hazel Wangare.
  • Janice Jao, key designer at Appetiser Apps, won Deloitte's Rising Star Award 2019.
  • Biplav Acharya, Miriam Gelotte, Mario Beltran and Hazel Ngari, as part of the Connected Learning Team, won the Vice Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (Programs that Enhance Learning) 2019.

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Careers in digital media

This course prepares students for work in a diverse range of fields and could lead to a career in:

  • digital media 'all rounder'
  • UX (user experience) practitioner
  • digital media producer
  • digital marketing manager
  • e-learning designer
  • mobile and web designer
  • digital media strategist
  • social media strategy and analyst
  • cross-media practitioner.


Course structure

To attain the Master of Digital Media students will be required to complete 192 credit points consisting of:

Option A
156 credit points of Core Studies
36 credit points of Elective Studies.
Option B
168 credit points of Core Studies24 credit points of Elective Studies

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Year 2

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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Plan and execute substantial digital media projects, including visual and audio design elements, motion graphics and animation, for a range of professional contexts  
  2. Propose and critique processes for digital media transformation  
  3. Analyse and interpret a range of data sources to assess and critically review projects and understand a context  
  4. Apply digital media industry project management processes with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability  
  5. Advocate and adjudicate solutions for working with others, as a leader or a team, to implement co-design and co-creation tools  
  6. Communicate the potential and shortcomings of technology to justify and interpret practical and theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to a range of audiences  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting international applications, and we welcome you to apply for this course.

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