National Organisation of Media Arts Database

Media Arts and Production

Provided by
University of Technology Sydney

Was run between 1993 and 2009


This course prepares students for a wide range of roles within the media and cultural sectors. Students study the history, contemporary issues and theory of media and culture while developing advanced technical and conceptual skills in film, video, new media and sound. The professional areas within the degree include film, video, television, multimedia, sound, radio, performance and installation, and the interplay among these media forms.

This course explores the history, contemporary issues, theories and challenges of media and culture in society. Students develop sophisticated production skills in video, sound and new media, and enhance their creative innovation in these areas. Students are encouraged to evolve as a creative director and producer of media projects, as well as develop technical proficiency specifically in one media area. By the time of graduation, students should have a professional portfolio of creative production work.

Course aims

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Media Arts and Production):

- are able to take up industrial and artisan roles in the media arts and production industries which include television and radio broadcasting; the film industry; the convergent media industry; independent media and audio arts; online environments and services; education and community sectors; and the entertainment industries
- have industry entry-level skills through hands-on experience of professional-level technical and conceptual skills within film, video, multimedia, sound, radio and/or intermediary or convergent forms
- have developed the professional skills, as demonstrated in media outcomes, to work as filmmakers, sound and multimedia artists, videomakers, independent producers and directors or in a specialist role as part of a creative team have the ability to work as professionals using a combination of technical, critical and creative skills
- have knowledge and skills of a broad range of media arts practices and have specialist skills in at least one media production area
- have a conceptual and practical production experience of different forms, approaches, styles and genres in their particular media specialisation
- are multiskilled and knowledgeable about convergent media practices
- have developed skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork necessary for the collaborative nature of media production work
- are adaptable, flexible and innovative as they cope with and contribute to continuous change within existing professional industries
- are self-reliant as well as being able to collaborate on media arts projects throughout all stages of conception, project development, production, post-production and presentation
- are grounded in the history and theory, contemporary issues and practice of the media arts, with a specific knowledge of the techniques, poetics, aesthetics and politics of the area of their own concentration
- understand the relationship of theory and practice within media arts and the interdisciplinary approaches within the humanities and social sciences as they contribute to the generation and development of ideas, research methods, and critical analyses of media productions
- have an understanding of media arts production and the role of the media in general within the context of the political, cultural, philosophical and artistic workings of society, and
- have the ability to engage in constructive criticism and analysis of media production work.

Career options

Career options include directors, editors, film producers, cinematographers, sound designers, new media producers, production managers, scriptwriters, multimedia designers, radio producers, documentary makers, program commissioning editors, arts and cultural administrators, freelance media artists and producers.