Digital Media Major - Bachelor of Communication Studies

Digital media is at the heart of modern communication. Explore how to make digital media communicate effectively, look great, sound great and tell a great story.

AUT's Digital Media major is a mix of media communication and technology, and prepares you for a wide range of careers, including as a digital strategist, mobile app designer or digital media producer.

You work on various digital media projects, and deliver your work via mobile devices, broadcast media or broadband communication, on time and on budget. You learn to recognise new creative markets as they emerge, manage teams and projects, and design new workflows.


This is part of the Bachelor of Communication Studies.


You develop a high level of critical thinking and strategic planning skills, and manage the production of a digital media project from idea to final product.

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree).

Year 1

You study the following papers:

You also choose 30 points from the optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies.

Year 2

You study the following papers:

And choose one from:

You also choose 60 points from the optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. We recommend that you take prerequisite papers from another major. If you want to take a minor, 30 points of these papers at level 6 may be in your minor subject area.

Year 3

You study the following papers:

And choose three from:

You also choose 45 points from the optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. If you want to take a minor, 30 points of these papers at level 7 may be in your minor subject area.

Optional papers

Level 5 papers

Level 6

Level 7 papers

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

  • Digital strategist
  • Digital media project manager, producer or consultant
  • Digital video specialist
  • Instructional media designer
  • Interactive media producer or consultant
  • Mobile app designer
  • Mobile content developer
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Post-production special effects designer
  • Production assistant
  • Visual designer for print and online media
  • Web administrator/designer

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Digital Media Careers

Key features
  • Includes a substantial digital media project for a real client
  • A mix of technical and creative skills
  • Covers skills needed in all areas of communications
See yourself as
  • Always connected
  • An early adopter
  • An innovative storyteller
  • A digital native
  • Visual

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