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Bachelor of Digital Media Vs BA (Media & Communications) (1 Viewer)

chanfky

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Commerce or Digital Media? Man, Digital Media any day seriously.

I'm a 3rd yr digital media student as well, same as digitalchill ;). I was a bit sceptical about doing digital media when I had to decide on my preferences in yr12. I hardly had ANY experience (actually, it was close to none) in any media related areas. I didn't do art in high school, didn't touch a video camera until Yr1 of DM, or Photoshop, or played around with a camera. I was very clueless, compared to some of the other people in the course who had a bit of exposure to film making or animation etc etc. I was pretty alright at commerce stuff, I didn't particularly hate it, but I didn't love it either. Whereas digital media, I just loved the thought of creating things. When I first heard of DM, it just immediately drew me in. It just sounded so cool and so much fun doing videos, photography, multimedia, 3D etc. And it is a lot of fun. True, maybe commerce would give you a more stable job, easier to find one etc. but really I don't think you should worry about that right now. If you're determined and you work hard, you'll get a job in whatever field you decide to go into. I mean, you've got your whole life ahead of you, why not do something fun now while you're still young and have the chance to? If you really want to, you can always do a Master of Commerce or something. But really, don't worry about whether you can find a job or not. Yes it's not easy to find a job in the media industry, and it's a competitive field, but with determination you'll definitely get into what you want to do.

And also I'm not too sure if I'm good at video production as I've got a really slow pc and cant even edit my videos on it
How good a computer is doesn't determine how well you can edit. I think to become good at something, you have to at least have the passion for it first and it sounds like you already have that, considering you're researching on production already. :) When you love doing something, you'll want to keep working at it and improve it and do more of it. I love photography and digital imaging, even though I didn't really take photos before I started DM. I just loved looking at nice photographs and going through photography books. But because I love doing it so much, I keep trying to improve my work, do research, collect photos I like and try and analyse what makes them good photographs (lighting, composition, colours). I can't say my photography/ digital imaging work are very good, but they have certainly improved for the past 3 years. Don't worry about being "too far behind", because you are not. A lot of people who do DM are in the same position as you - that they haven't used a video camera before, or haven't edited anything in their whole lives. It's not too late at all to start learning about video stuff in your 1st yr of uni. Then again, it is always a good idea to play around with video cameras and editing programs if you get the chance to. If you don't, then don't worry. Trust me, it's not late at all if you don't start now. :)

Resources wise, COFA's got excellent resources (Apple G5). We really do have the best resources compared to other Uni. You can borrow video cameras, lighting kits, dolly, microphones etc. Cofa's got everything you need to make a good video. I did all my video work at Cofa, so no need to worry about whether your computer's fast enough (if you are gonna do DM) coz you can do everything in the labs :)

Doing a TAFE course in Yr1. Hmmm... the course's been restructured since the beginning of this year. The workload's gone down by a lot more compared to when I was doing my first year. I'm not too sure how intense or less intense the course is now. What's your reason for wanting to do a TAFE course at the same time?

Industry experience... hmm... we sometimes do get like guest speakers from the industry to come in to talk to us so I guess that's one opportunity to meet industry people? Like digitalchill said, doing volunteer work or work experience or freelancing are the best ways to network with people. Networking is so important. They don't necessarily have to be related to what you study (of coz it's always better if they are!). You'll learn a great deal from doing different jobs. Like I did some casual receptionist work at UNSW's Careers Office. I've learnt so much there. Biggest thing I've learnt is how to communicate with people. It made me more a lot more confident too.

Annnnyways, I really should be working on my major work. It's due in 2 weeks! Arghhhh!!!

Oh yeah, at the end of each year, Cofa organises an Annual Exhibition showcasing all the final year and honours students' work from Fine Arts, Design, Time-Based and Digital Media! I strongly recommend anyone that's interested in Digital Media, or doing a course at Cofa to come along. It goes from Nov 24 - Dec 2. Check out the Cofa website some time next month for more details:

http://www.cofa.unsw.edu.au/

Hope this helps! Good luck with everything! I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about the course, once I've handed in my portfolio. Hehehe.
 

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This is probably abit too late to get my dig on the situation..

Although i am currently an audio student, i'm at SAE.. (yes, school of AUDIO engineering) but, they do do film. I think there's Diploma of Screen (1year) then Bachelor of Digital Media -- Digital Film Making (1year) so as far as i can see, there's most colleges offering 3years for the thing i'm doing in 2 and i plan on adding an honors to my qualification which will take another 6months so total from start to BDM w/Hons is 2years 6months instead of 4years!

Equipment wise i can only suggest checking it out for yourself.. You can start to take out the HDV cameras, SteadiCam and all the lights pretty soon after you start and there's a bluescreen studio with motion capture, a lab full of top spec G5's. 13 audio edit studios...So i guess for practical it's pretty kick ass! the film stuff is on http://www.saebyronbay.com/film/

Hope it an add to your long list of choices :p
nic
 

BrianTheGod

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Yeah, thanks for everybodys input, I will be applying for Digital Media at COFA for next years uni course, should be good :)
 

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thanks for all the info digitalchill, chanfky and audioguy

i looked at private colleges and said no cos theyre too expensive and specialised
so my first preference is BDM / Bsc (comp. sci) @ UNSW (its a new degree)
 

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Thankyou all the people who have posted about Digital Media.
I've been trying to decide whether I should do this course. It's probably the only course that interests me, I'm just worried about finding a job after uni. But it's still number one on my preference list!
Thanks for the all comments!! =D
 

oliverbedon89

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Thankyou all the people who have posted about Digital Media.
I've been trying to decide whether I should do this course. It's probably the only course that interests me, I'm just worried about finding a job after uni. But it's still number one on my preference list!
Thanks for the all comments!! =D
Bumping old thread/topic here. But I still haven't made my choice =_=; and it's the 16th!

Anyway, I'm having trouble deciding between Bachelor of Digital Media (offered in main round) and Bachelor of Media (Media Production) (late round)?

Initially accepted the Digital Media offer but I'm having trouble distinguishing what is so different between the two courses.

Plus, I'm also wondering about the job prospective of these courses - what kind of career I'll be able to get into. I've heard few stories of how competitive these media career can get, plus there are not many jobs out there.

Anyway, thanks to the information here about the Digital Media course, I kinda get what I'll be learning in Digital Media if I choose the course.

But the thing is, I also find that I might 'dislike' or find some of the things 'dull' in the course (e.g. hardcore programming is one - I don't mind programming but I always tend to struggle with the coding plus, I don't know if this course will teach the basics of programming or just assume students will know.) So looking through the units (though I can't check the unit outline damn it, wish they made unit outline public), there are number of programming-oriented units.

For the Media Production unit, it's a new course and all but was wondering if there are any previous year units in this years course.

Core courses - Media


Core Courses - Media Production major


Elective Courses - Media Production major



And if there is, can anyone tell me how the unit was? Much appreciated in advance :)

I've also heard it was very theory based (the course before this new course) so I don't know what to expect really. My friend told me once that UNSW has quite a lot of assessment consisting of 'essays' and 'presentations' which I loath :(, I was wondering if the previous year version of this course had A LOT of these types of assessments too?

That's all... I think. I know the course can't be perfectly suited to you and there are things that you dislike but have to learn but I just want to know what these courses offer, the practical sides to it and of course - the theory side too.

:devil: Thanks in advance!


EDIT: oh another, was there any important day that I had to attend regarding these two units beside the enrolment advisory day? especially for digital media? I haven't heard anything from digital media since I received offer...

thanks so much in advance. really hard time deciding courses because i already screwed it up once before...want to be more careful this time around...
 
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