Master of Digital Communication and Culture

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Digital Communication and Culture is a unique degree that offers a flexible program of study on multiple aspects of digital communication and culture, including the latest developments in internet platforms, social media, research tools, digital audiences, mobile media, online governance, cross-media creative and games.

Are you always online? Addicted to social media? Want to delve deeper into all things digital? Develop a thorough and comprehensive platform from which to engage with digital technologies and their cultural contexts. Gain an understanding of the recent literature on technological change and its cultural contexts.

Why study with us?
You will develop a critical understanding of the following areas:

- a esthetics and politics of computer games and mobile media
− production and circulation of knowledge in the digital era
− diverse meanings and operations of networks
− the activity of audiences of digital media
− diverse forms of regulation of the internet

You may choose elective units based on selected and recommended pathways from Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney College of the Arts, Interactive Design and Electronic Arts and Information Technologies.

You can also undertake an internship as a capstone experience, coordinated by staff within the Department of Media and Communications.

Course outline

Study plan

To qualify for the award of the Master of Digital Communication and Culture a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including:
(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 can be taken as elective units 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.

Candidates are encouraged to complete core units of study in their first year of study.

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the

Postgraduate Table of Units of Study for Digital Communication and Culture Subject Area.

Embedded courses

Further course information

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

Graduates work as creatives, journalists, educators, strategists and policymakers in technology domains and in a range of technologically mediated industries and organisations including media, the public sector, advertising, education, museums, culture, entertainment, telecommunications, IT and games. This program is 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

Entry in the 1 year or 1.5 year degree program is determined by the criteria below:

Admission to candidature for the Master of Digital Communication and Culture (1.5 years full-time) requires:

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

Admission to candidature for the Master of Digital Communication and Culture (1 year full-time) requires:

(a) completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Digital Communication and Culture with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) an Honours degree in a relevant discipline or

(c) relevant professional work experience and a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average or an equivalent qualification

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

If you would like to apply through a University approved agent, visit Agents and Representatives.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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