Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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18 points, SCA Band 1, 0.375 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Jeffrey Janet


This unit advances the student's knowledge of multimedia design principles with a strong emphasis on interface design. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of interactivity, virtual space and multimedia authoring in multimedia design, including the skills and techniques to use these elements in electronic documents. Students undertake project work that explores a wide range of technical skills and conceptual models involved with the production of interactive media. Individual's specialist skills and folio preparation will also be covered.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. understand the language of interactive media and the application of multimedia design principles
  2. understand the purpose of interface design in electronic communication
  3. have an understanding of the nature of interactive media elements, including interactivity, virtual space, and multimedia authoring
  4. be able to analyse interactive media, and identify the various multimedia elements and authoring techniques used
  5. be able to identify multimedia design problems and determine the appropriate multimedia elements in response to the design problem
  6. understand and have the ability to analyse the benefits and constraints of different delivery platforms for multimedia design, including digital video, the internet, cd-rom, dvd-rom, site-specific installation, and other technologies
  7. be able to use interactivity, virtual space, and multimedia authoring as multimedia elements in electronic documents
  8. be familiar with the process of publishing an electronic media document
  9. be able to critically approach problem-solving, embracing current technological and philosophical developments in multimedia design
  10. be able to optimise a media file for a streaming from a specific delivery platform
  11. develop a self directed approach to the development of interactive media works, utilising independent research and evaluation methods
  12. be aware of the specialised roles identified in the multimedia industry, and to identify which role best matches their set of skills.


Major project: 50%
2 Minor projects: 30%
Research paper: (2500 words) 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

9 hours per week of lectures and supervised studio