Digital Cultures

Coursework

Digital media are implicated in many recent transformations in culture, communication, creativity, work and everyday life. The Digital Cultures postgraduate coursework programs in Digital Communication and Culture investigate technological innovations and cultural change. We take a critical and transdisciplinary approach, framing technologies in social, historical and political contexts.

The core Digital Communication and Culture (DCC) units examine key topics in Digital Cultures:

  • ARIN6901 Network Society
  • ARIN6902 Internet Cultures and Governance
  • ARIN6904 Games and Mobile Media
  • ARIN6905 New Media Audiences
  • ARIN6912 Digital Research and Publishing

The DCC programs are aimed at people working in creative, strategic, project management and leadership roles in places where digital media are having dramatic impacts: such as in mainstream publishing and media, education, museums, marketing, publishing, creative industries, social and mobile media, telecommunications and computer games.

The elective structure of the DCC programs takes advantage of relevant strengths across the University. We have organised these electives into suggested elective pathways:

  • Language and Culture (Arts and Social Sciences)
  • Technology in Society (Arts and Social Sciences)
  • Interactive Digital Arts (Sydney College of the Arts) **
  • Digital Media Design (Architecture) **
  • Information Technology (Engineering and IT) **
  • Research track option: Develop independent research skills in Digital Cultures, and move towards higher-level academic research.

** For these units you may need to demonstrate relevant competencies to the faculties.

Research track option:
Students who want to write longer form research within the master's coursework program can take on supervised independent project (1 semester) or dissertation (2 semesters), investigating some aspect of cultural change associated with digital technologies. Research is typically interdisciplinary in scope, and may involve interpretive, historical and/or field research with digital media texts, producers or users.

Before you can enrol in these units, contact coordinator Dr Chris Chesher, submit a research proposal, and give evidence of your academic track record. Admission is conditional upon a viable proposal, a solid credit average, and the availability of appropriate supervision. Research students participate in regular Digital Cultures research meetings.

Research

The Digital Cultures Program invites expressions of interest for research projects exploring themes in digital communication and culture. We can supervise projects on themes such as online sociality; new media arts; social robotics; computer games and interactive entertainment and cultural aspects of new technologies.

Contact
Digital Cultures website: sydney.edu.au/arts/digital_cultures/

Postgraduate Coordinator: Dr Chris Chesher
Phone: + 61 2 9036 6173
Email:

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses. sydney.edu.au/handbooks/arts_PG/coursework/masters/digital_cultures.shtml

Graduate Certificate in Digital Communication and Culture
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Communication and Culture must complete 24 credit points, including at least 12 credit points of core units of study and 12 credit points of elective units of study.

Graduate Diploma in Digital Communication and Culture
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Digital Communication and Culture must complete 36 credit points, including at least 18 credit points of core units of study and 18 credit points of elective units of study.

Master of Digital Communication and Culture
Candidates for the Master of Digital Communication and Culture must complete 48 credit points, including at least 24 credit points of core units of study and 24 credit points of elective units of study.

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for: Doctor of Philosophy: Pathways to admission, for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses sydney.edu.au/handbooks/arts_PG/research/phd.shtml

Doctor of Arts and Doctor of Social Science
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Philosophy