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.

Recent advances in digital media have seen many changes in workplaces, creative practices and everyday life. The Master of Digital Communication and Culture equips graduates with a critical awareness of the latest developments in internet platforms, social media, research tools, digital audiences, mobile media, online governance, cross-media creativity and games. Informed by critical humanities literature in digital cultures, the core of the course is uniquely focused on cultural practices and new media change.

When you enrol in this course, you can take four or five of the core Digital Cultures units of study – Digital Research and Publishing; Internet Cultures and Governance; New Media Audiences; Network Society and Mobile Media and Games. Beyond the core units, there are many ways that you can customise your learning experience by selecting from a wide range of relevant electives from Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney College of the Arts, Interactive Design and Electronic Arts and IT.

The graduate diploma and graduate certificate both provide shorter avenues to update and extend an understanding of digital media, or to explore new career directions.

Course outline

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

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.

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

Digital Communication and Culture suits people in creative, strategic and project management roles in industries where changes in information and communication technologies are having the most dramatic impact. These industries are diverse, and include traditional media, the public sector, advertising, education, museums, culture, entertainment, web, 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

Admission to candidature for the Master of Digital Communication and Culture 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; or

(b) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Digital Communication and Culture with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, 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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