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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Greg Giannis


Students create a substantial piece of work/works that explore ideas within a digital environment (interactive, moving or static) based on a preproduction document. This unit consolidates outcomes using specific software or technologies that explore the potential of digital mediums to express ideas with a broad understanding of the mediums' potential. It explores ideas, conceptual constructs, aesthetics and functionalities of new media and digital productions. The final project should communicate self generated ideas that address issues in imaging, animation, interactivity, interface design, scripting and information architecture. Students keep a journal in relation to the set project.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be able to evaluate critically their own work and that of others within historical and contemporary contexts and be able to express this in both written and oral form.
  2. be able to produce a project which indicates the development and synthesis of a personal visual language expressing a conceptual integrity.
  3. be able to produce work of a high degree of resolution with technical proficiency digital media, using industry standard software applications, peripheral devices.
  4. demonstrate a curiosity and method of inquiry which enables them to question and discuss the issues relevant to current art theory, practice and contemporary culture.
  5. have the ability to select the best way to present an idea in a digital environment be it still, interactive or moving.
  6. consolidate communication skills and visual language that takes into account industry-related demands of multimedia practice and awareness of creative developments in new media.
  7. have a high level of independence with regard to researching ideas and source material for their final project.
  8. observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.


Assessment will be based on the completion of a single major project and its supporting preproduction document. Students submit a journal as documentary evidence of the development of the work. It is graded according to the evidence of development, inventiveness and understanding of the issues involved in digital arts and new media and awareness of contemporary issues and research.
Journal: 20%
Projects: 60%
Preproduction document: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Rodney Forbes

Contact hours

8 hours