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Interactive Digital Media programs comprising:

Diploma of Interactive Digital Media (1 year full time)
VTAC Course code: 72091(Government Funded Place)
72092 (Full Fee Place)

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (1 year full time)

NOTE: These two qualifications have replaced the two-year Advanced Diploma of Multimedia program.

Apply through VTAC:
If you want to do the program, apply for the Diploma of interactive Digital Media, the VTAC code is: VTAC Code: 72091 (Victorian Government Fee), it will cost you around $1500.00 per year, (though this may increase in 2011). The other code is for a full fee which means it has no government subsidy and it'll cost around $10,000.00 per year.

Unfortunately the information about how to apply is wrong in the VTAC guide, you need to fill out a Supplementary Information form:

Supplementary Information Forms must be completed and submit to RMIT University Multimedia TAFE (Diploma of Interactive Digital Media)you will find a Supplementary Information Form at: www.rmit.edu.au/programs/vtacforms
or telephone (03) 9925 4815 or email Josiane Mueller, josiane.mueller@rmit.edu.au

Timely submissions of the Supplementary Information Applicants by Tuesday 29 September, late applicants must submit the completed form by Friday 13 November.

You may be called in for an interview and folio presentation:

Interview and folio presentation: Details will be provided by email by November (late applicants late November)  to the applicants required to attend. These applicants must attend in November/December. Overseas or interstate applicants who are unable to attend must telephone (03) 9925 4815 by Friday 13 November. Advisory letters will be sent to applicants by late December.

Frequently asked Questions

Q Which program should I apply for?

In 2009 the Advanced Diploma of Multimedia (two years) was replaced by two new qualifications: the Diploma of Interactive Digital Media (one year) and the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (one year).

Applicants who have completed year 12 and who may or may not have completed certificates in multimedia courses are recommended to apply for the Diploma of Interactive Digital Media. Also mature age applicants who are seeking to undertake a career change are recommended to apply for the Diploma of Interactive Digital Media.

The Diploma of Interactive Digital Media gives students a broad understanding of the design, technical and management skills that are required, including web and interactive design, 3D and 2D imaging and animation, and working on small projects collaboratively and individually. While there is a strong emphasis on creativity and conceptual development, students will learn a broad range of software skills.

Applicants who have completed the Diploma of Interactive Digital Media at RMIT University or other institutions or equivalent, are recommended to apply for the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. Also mature-age applicants with substantial experience working within the multimedia industry are also recommended to apply for the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. The Advanced Diploma focuses on the design, production and management of games development or major multimedia projects, individually and collaboratively. Students undertake advanced web and interactive design and are involved in marketing themselves for entering the industry. 

If you are not sure, apply for the Diploma of Interactive Digital Media and exemptions can be discussed at the interview or when commencing the program.

Entry requirements

Q          Do I require an ENTER score to get accepted into these courses?
A          No. Selection is based on an interview and folio.

Applying for the Diploma of Interactive Digital Media

Q         How do I apply for the Diploma of Interactive Digital Media
A         If you are a local applicant you must apply through VTAC and submit a Supplementary Information Form to the School of Media and Communication at RMIT. The form can be obtained by telephoning (03) 9925 4815 and by download, http://www.rmit.edu.au/programs/vtacforms

            The VTAC website is www.vtac.edu.au.
If you are an International applicant you must contact
the International Student Service Centre, located in:

Building 108, level 4 (City campus)
239 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 9925 5156
Email: ISservices@rmit.edu.au

Q         Will I need to attend an interview?
A         Applicants will be notified by email, mail or telephone is required to attend an interview, at which the applicant will present their folio.

Q         What kind of work should I include in my folio?
A         A broad range of work that best shows your creative potential including: design, fine art, audio visual, photography and writing; as well, as any digital work such as: websites, animations, videos and modeling. Applicants should also include rough developmental work that supports your finished pieces in the form of sketchbooks, and visual diaries. Work produced in multimedia programs is welcome but not essential.

Q         What will I learn in the program?
A         Students will develop skills in the following areas:
2D Animation,2D Imaging, 3D Modeling, Concept Development, Design,Industry Awareness, Interactive Media, Individual Projection Management,Group Production Management, Video, Compositing and Motion graphics, Sound and Web Design.

Hours & timetables

Q         How many contact hours are there?
A         About 21 hours per week, for each semester but you need to put at least another 21 - 42 hours during your own time to get the most out of the program.

Q         How long are the classes?
A          Most classes are three hours duration, some are four hours duration.

Q         Are those contact hours always during the normal working day, Monday - Friday?
A         No. Some of your classes are held in the evening. Classes can commence at 8.30 am. Classes can finish at 9.30pm.

Q         Are classes scheduled for all of the weekdays or will I have one day off?
A         Timetabling of all the classes, studios and groups is a complex process and no guarantee can be made that students will not be required to attend for some time on all of the weekdays. However, effort is made to try and ensure that all students get one day off during the week, unfortunately this is not always possible. Long breaks in the day are avoided, although it does happen occasionally.

Q         If I get a place in the course when will I get the timetable?
A         You will not receive a timetable until you attend the orientation session at the start of the academic year. You will be notified about the orientation session at enrolment in January.

Costs & expenses

Q         What are the costs of the course?

A Government funded place fee is approximately $1500.00 per year. (This may increase further in 2011). You should apply for this  VTAC code: 72091(Government Funded Place) unless you already have an Advanced Diploma or Degree qualification. Full fees will be approximately $10,000.00 per year subject to increases.

Q         Are there any other expenses?

A         It is the responsibility of the students to make sure their work is backed up. So you will need to purchase dvds, portable hard drive or memory sticks to transport files to and from the labs and for back up.

Students find it beneficial to acquire an external hard-drive that can be connected to the computer by a Firewire connection. These can hold everything that you produce, and are particularly useful if you choose to specialise in compositing & motion graphics, 2D animation or 3D animation in the second year. It is recommended that you do not purchase any hardware until after the commencement of the program, and only then, after consultation with program staff.

Other expenses related to various courses might include the cost of visual diaries, pencils, paper and printing.


Q         Do I need a computer of my own?
A         Students can start the course without a computer, but realistically will need to get one of their own as soon as possible. Staff can advise students on appropriate computer purchases.

Q         If I do invest in a computer what platform should I choose?
A         All the work you do in this program is produced from the Mac Operating System. You should not buy a machine until you have started the program. Once you have started, staff will be advise you about the machine you will need.

Q         I already own a Windows machine, will I be able to use it?
A         Providing you have the appropriate software, you should not have a problem with your existing Windows machine if it is powerful enough. It is up to each individual student, however, to ensure that all work is translated and translatable for the Mac environment and vice-verse. Members of staff cannot review or assess work from a Windows machine if it will not run on a Mac.


Q         What software is taught in the course?
A         You will be taught how to use industry-standard software associated with the courses. These may include the following:
Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Flash, Final Cut Pro, Maya, After Effects, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, DVD Studio Pro and other smaller elements.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Q         How do I get RPL?
A         RPL is granted as a result of assessment by the teacher of the course. Unless a student is already a serious and regular practitioner in multimedia, it is unlikely that RPL will be granted.


Q         When do I enrol?
A         Enrolment details for successful applicants will be emailed or mailed out to your address provided in your VTAC application/Supplementary Information Form. You must make sure we have your current postal and email address.

Q         Can I defer my place?

A          Yes.


Q         Will I get Austudy?

A         This course is a recognized AUSTUDY course. AUSTUDY will advise you on your eligibility.

• further studies

Q         What are the articulation opportunities or pathways for further study?
A         Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media can continue their studies at RMIT University. Popular programs students are eligible to apply for include:

• Bachelor of Animation and Interactive Multimedia (BAAIM).
• Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Systems)
• Bachelor of Art (Digital Art)
• Bachelor of Art (Games Graphics Design)

Successful applicants from the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media may be given exceptions of one to one and a half years of the program. An interview and folio presentation will be required.
• students with disabilities

Q         What Support is offered for people with disabilities?
A         RMIT offers and range of study support and disability support services.  Contact the Disability Liaison Unit (Building 11) or the Learning Skills Unit (Building 94, level 3) for more information.

Further Information

Q         How can I get more information?

A          For more information about the Diploma of Interactive Digital Media or the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media contact Josiane Mueller, Administration Officer, telephone: (03) 9925 4585. Email: josiane.mueller@rmit.edu.au




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