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Master of Digital Arts

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

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

Program Requirements

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

24 units from completion of the Visual Effects specialisation

6 units from completion of ARTV8821 Points of View: Independent Creative Art and Media Practice

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

DART8067 New Media, Innovation and Research I

DART8071 New Media, Innovation and Research II

NEWM6506 Digital Cultures

HIST6233 How the Camera Changed History: A century of photography and cinema

ARTV6008 Cyberculture

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ARTV8038 Studio Practice 6u

ARTV8039 Studio Practice 12u

ARTV8040 Studio Practice 18u

A maximum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ARTV6000 Animation

ARTV6002 Physical Computing for the Creative Arts

ARTV6003 Video Art

ARTV6004 Digital Compositing

ARTV6005 Sound Art

ARTV6006 Photography

ARTV6921 Environment Studio 1

ARTV8054 Research

ARTV8300 Visual Arts Studio Masterclass

DART8116 Studio Practice (Visual Effects) 6

DART8117 Studio Practice (Visual Effects) 12

DART8118 Studio Practice (Visual Effects) 18

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65 per cent and a successful assessment of a portfolio of works. Additional application information

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

Digital Art, Animation, Fine Arts, Design, Media Arts.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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.

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 theory and elective courses in key areas of digital media such as digital video, 3D computer animation, digital compositing, interactivity, coding, the Internet, sound, and hybrid media. A visual effects specialisation is also available. As a digital arts student you will have access to the cutting-edge facilities at the ANU School of Art.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.

NEW program - available for applications commencing from Summer Session, 2015

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 have the skills and knowledge 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 that contribute to new situations in professional practice and to scholarship
  4. design and develop creative works 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:

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.
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