Master of Digital Communication and Culture

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The Master of Digital Communication and Culture supports career advancement by updating knowledge, skills and qualifications in the expanding cultural field of digital technologies.

This program improves your capacity for conceptualising and evaluating projects in digital media. You will write in professional, creative and academic genres for circulation and publication. Graduates have a richer historical understanding of new media and greater digital literacy.

Core units cover key themes in digital cultures, including transformations in knowledge practices; social media and networking; digital power and regulation; games and mobile media; and new media audiences.

Students choose from a selection of electives from several faculties, allowing them the opportunity to expand skills and extend specialties.

The Digital Communication and Culture program is designed to expand employment opportunities for professionals who want to work in fields where digital technologies are having the most dramatic economic and cultural impacts – creative industries, corporations, education, media, marketing, publishing, government and entertainment.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Study plan

The MDCC requires the satisfactory completion of 8 units of study (48 credit points) (cp), including 4 core units of study (24cp) chosen from: ARIN6901 Network Society, ARIN6902 Internet Cultures and Governance, ARIN6903 Exploring Digital Cultures, ARIN6912 Digital Research and ARIN6914 Publishing and Remixable Media. The remaining units of study are chosen from the list of approved electives, or undertaken in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator. Candidates electing to undertake a dissertation (12cp) or a research oproject (6cp) must prepare a research proposal and discuss their topic with the academic coordinator prior to enrolling. Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The dissertation is normally undertaken over two semesters and comprises research and writing toward a project of approximately 12,000 words.

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete:
(a) 24 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) 42 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units can be taken from units of study outside those listed in the Digital communication and culture subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including a maximum of 6 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties.
(c) at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Cultural Studies have the option of completing a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study with a value of 12 credit points (cp), and/or a project in digital communications (6cp), both under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Digital Communication and Culture suits people in creative, strategic and project management roles in the industries where changes in information and communication technologies are having the most dramatic impact. These industries are diverse, from traditional media, the public sector, advertising, education, museums, culture, entertainment, web, telecommunications, IT and games. The courses will be particularly valuable for professionals moving into the emerging content, services and leadership roles opening up in broadband, mobile telecommunications and computer entertainment.

Further study

Graduates of the Master of Digital Communication and Culture who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of Digital Communication and Culture requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

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