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Master of Digital Arts

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

MDIGA
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

Focus on developing your creativity and practical skills with a degree designed for the digital age.

The Master of Digital Arts offers a mixture of practical and theoretical courses in key areas of digital media such as, 3D and 2D computer animation, digital visual effects, digital video, digital compositing, interactivity, coding, site-specific projection, on-line design, virtual reality, sound, and hybrid media. As a digital arts student you will have access to the facilities at the ANU School of Art & Design, and be able to develop your own individual and collaborative projects in the context of other researchers at the ANU.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

A Master of Digital Arts will advance your career as a practising digital artist, or working as a professional in the arts and new media industries. It also prepares you for further study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. develop practice-led methodologies through investigation, analysis and synthesis of complex information to plan and execute substantial studio/screen-based creative research projects.
  2. generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level using cognitive, technical and creative skills and relate them to their own creative works and to recent developments in the field.
  3. critically reflect upon and evaluate theoretical, conceptual and aesthetic aspects of creative practice and apply it in the production of creative works and/or professionally relevant projects.
  4. design and develop creative works, either individually or in collaboration, that communicate theoretical, aesthetic, conceptual and imaginative propositions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Further Information

Entry to the Master of Digital Arts requires a successful assessment of a portfolio of works and other supporting material. Before applying, applicants should consult the ANU School of Art website where the requirements are listed and supporting material submission information is detailed: http://soa.anu.edu.au/how-apply/postgraduate-coursework-applications


Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.


Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.

Cognate disciplines

Animation, Design, Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$23,376.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$35,904.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Digital Arts requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following introductory component:

6 units from completion of a foundation theory course from the following list:

ARTH6050 Photography and Art
ARTH6162 Cyberculture
HIST6233 How the Camera Changed History: A century of photography and cinema

18 units from completion of foundation studio courses from the following list:

ARTV6000 Animation
ARTV6003 Video Art
ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project
DART8116 Studio Practice: Research Project (Digital Industry) 6

24 units from completion of studio courses on the following disciplinary courses list:

ARTV6006 Photography
ARTV6027 Professional Practices
ARTV6028 Professional Practices Internship
ARTV6805 Sculpture Temporal Studies Making Time in Space: through chance and process approaches
ARTV6921 Environment Studio 1
ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project
ARTV8039 Practice-led Research Major Project
ARTV8040 Practice-led Research Extended Project
ARTV8054 Research
ARTV8300 Visual Arts Studio Masterclass
COMP6720 Art and Interaction in New Media
DART8116 Studio Practice: Research Project (Digital Industry) 6
DART8117 Studio Practice: Major Research Project (Digital Industry) 12
DART8118 Studio Practice: Extended Research Project (Digital Industry) 18
DESN6002 Foundations of Creative Code
DESN6003 Creative Data Visualisation: Representing Data in Visual and Material Form
DESN6004 Dynamic Design and Generative Systems
DESN6006 Front-End Web: Crafting Online Experience

24 units from completion of the following research component:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory research training courses:

ARTH8022 Points of View: Independent Creative Art and Media Practice
DART8067 Digital Arts Research: contexts, practices and methodologies

12 units from completion of research project courses from the following list:

ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project
ARTV8039 Practice-led Research Major Project
DART8116 Studio Practice: Research Project (Digital Industry) 6
DART8117 Studio Practice: Major Research Project (Digital Industry) 12

 

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
 
The following courses are repeatable for credit, up to a maximum of 36 units each, and if repeated must be repeated with a different topic each time. Each instance of a course may only be counted towards one list.

ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project
ARTV8039 Practice-led Research Major Project
ARTV8040 Practice-led Research Extended Project
DART8116 Studio Practice: Research Project (Digital Industry) 6
DART8117 Studio Practice: Major Research Project (Digital Industry) 12
DART8118 Studio Practice: Extended Research Project (Digital Industry) 18

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARTV8821 6 units from Visual Effects specialisation 6 units from Visual Effects specialisation 6 units from “Minimum 12 units” list
6 units from Visual Effects specialisation 6 units from “12 units” list 6 units from “Minimum 12 units” list 6 units from “Maximum 18 units” list OR 6 units from “Minimum 12 units” list
Year 2 48 units 6 units from Visual Effects specialisation 6 units from “12 units” list 6 units from “Maximum 18 units” list OR 6 units from “Minimum 12 units” list 6 units from “Maximum 18 units” list OR 6 units from “Minimum 12 units” list
ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
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