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 the interplay between cultural change and technological innovations. We take a critical and transdisciplinary approach, framing technologies in social, historical and political contexts.

The core units explore key topics in Digital Cultures:

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


The Digital Communication and Culture programs are aimed at people pursuing careers in fields where digital media present the greatest challenges and opportunities. These include media, education, museums, web, marketing, publishing, creative industries, social media, mobile media, IT, 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 and professional track record. Admission is conditional upon a viable proposal, a solid credit average, and the availability of appropriate supervision.

Research

The Digital Cultures Program invites expressions of interest for research projects in the MA Research. MPhil and PhD programs 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:


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

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 typically including:

  • 12 credit points of core units of study
  • 12 credit points from elective units of study

Graduate Diploma in Digital Communication and Culture
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Digital Communication and Culture must complete 48 credit points typically including:

  • 24 credit points of core units of study
  • 24 credit points from elective units of study

Master of Digital Communication and Culture
Candidates for the Master of Digital Communication and Culture must complete 72 credit points typically including:

  • 24 credit points of core units of study
  • 42 credit points from elective units of study
  • at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study

Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.

Level of prior learning Full-time duration Credit points to complete
AQF Level 7 eg. a bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law 1.5 years 72
Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate 1 year 48
AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law 1 year 48