Digital Media Students Graduate from Combined Qualification gained at TAFE Illawarra and University of Wollongong

 

The first ever cohort of Digital Media students have graduated from the Bachelor of Digital Media program which is a collaboration between TAFE Illawarra and the University of Wollongong. As part of the program students will also receive an Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media from TAFE Illawarra, undertaken as an elective part of their program.

“We are extremely proud of the first intake of graduates of the Digital Media program who have acquired the vocational skills to meet the evolving demands of the entertainment, media and arts industries. I look forward to hearing about their successes,” said Dianne Murray, Institute Director.

“One student in particular who has achieved great things already is James Anderson. James recently won the Industry Award for best ‘clip’ in the TAFE Clips Imagine Video Competition. He has also received a job offer from a Sydney based animation company which is very exciting news,” added Ms Murray.

View James’ winning entry here. This achievement saw James take home some great prizes along with a coveted work placement opportunity at the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

The graduating students gained valuable hands-on experience in areas including production design, camera, editing, animation and digital effects. They are also able to respond creatively and flexibly to deliver project based outcomes that could have an artistic or a more commercial purpose.

The students from the BDM course showcased their work at the recent Media Arts and Digital Media Graduate Show. View student profiles and graduate works via http://www.paperplanes.medadada.net/

The Bachelor of Digital Media is a cross-institutional program that commenced in 2010. On completion the students will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in addition to a Certificate IV and Diploma from TAFE Illawarra. These qualifications reflect the high level of academic and vocational skills provided by this course of study.

Students learn the historical and theoretical foundations of digital media arts, which helps position their work in a wider cultural context. The practical components of the degree are taught at the Digital Media Centre at UOW’s Innovation Campus in North Wollongong. This state-of-theart facility provides film studios, animation and computer labs, editing suites and exhibition spaces. Practical training is undertaken with industry recognised hardware and software to ensure students are working at the cutting edge of digital media arts.

The degree combines practical subjects in digital media arts with an education in art theory and practice, enabling students to create innovative digital media works for a variety of contexts. TAFE subjects in animation, cinematography, editing and film/TV production provide students with the skills to produce creative projects for the screen, TV or online environment.