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    Digital and Social Media

    Curtin University

    Curtin University


    Australia, Perth

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    Key Facts

    Program Level

    Master by Course Work

    Study Type

    Full Time


    On Campus

    Course Code



    Curtin Perth

    Program Language


    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake Deadlines22-Jul-2024
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    Duration 1.5 year(s)
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 30,573  / year
    Next Intake 22-Jul-2024

    Digital and Social Media


    Advances in digital technology have dramatically increased the demand for specialists in digital and social communication. A deep understanding of digital and social media is key to success across a range of professions, from media and marketing to policy-making and advocacy.

    This course provides the knowledge and skills you need to become an astute and professional online communicator.

    Youll develop advanced skills in creating, maintaining and managing online communications across web media, publishing and presence, online collaboration, and building and maintaining networks and virtual communities.

    You will learn the fundamentals of online communications, including how to identify and understand emerging trends such as artificial intelligence, social media influencers, big data and online analytics.

    You will explore how the internet is changing political systems, reshaping societies, cultures and economies, and how you can apply this knowledge in your workplace practice. You will have the opportunity to focus on specialist areas of communications and policy, content management, training and development.

    In your final year you will undertake a research project and write a dissertation. When you complete the course, you may be eligible for doctoral-level studies.

    You can choose to exit this degree earlier at the graduate diploma or graduate certificate level.

    Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

    Why study

    • You will learn to be an independent and successful leader of digital and social media development.
    • You will understand the power of the internet to inform, influence and engage individuals, communities and societies.
    • Our teaching staff are highly qualified and dedicated educators, many of whom are also active researchers in the field.
    • Our staff and students are contributors to the academic network, the Association of Internet Researchers.
    • The course is associated with the Centre for Culture and Technology, giving you the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge, interdisciplinary expertise and research in media, culture and digital technologies.

    Professional recognition

    Our Digital and Social Media program is a member of the Internet Industry Association and the Internet Society (Australia).

  • understand and apply at an advanced level key concepts of Internet Studies and apply transdisciplinary thinking to the application and creation of ideas concerning networked technologies of information and communication
  • think critically, creatively and reflectively so as to imagine, design, use and critique networked technologies of information and communication
  • conduct advanced scholarly and professional research to find, access, organise, evaluate and synthesise information through a variety of media and apply that information to the construction of knowledge
  • communicate and facilitate communication through a variety of media, for different purposes, and for different audiences
  • use the Internet and related networked technologies of information and communication with an understanding of the complex interaction of political, cultural, and economic forces that constitutes technology as social
  • further develop skills and knowledge through independent research and self-directed learning
  • understand and utilise in their research and work the complex interplay of local, national and global factors that influence and are expressed through the Internet and networked technologies of information and communication
  • recognise and value cultural difference and understand its significance in relation to network technologies and their use in society for communication and information
  • act ethically and responsibly to use, sustain and expand the social, business and cultural networks that exist via the Internet, when working independently and in teams
  • Requirements

    Entry Requirements

  • Completion of 3 year post-secondary (post Year 12 equivalent) qualification OR hold a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) from a recognised University which is comparable to an AQF Associate Degree
  • English Program Requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must also check that you meet English language requirements for your chosen course. Australian students must also meet the English entry requirements.


    Career opportunities

    • Data business analyst
    • Digital and social media manager
    • Digital producer/strategist
    • Online content creator
    • Web communications manager
    • Industries
    • Advertising, arts and media
    • Education and training
    • Governance, policy and regulation
    • Journalism
    • Marketing, public relations and communications


    • Advertising, arts and media
    • Education and training
    • Governance, policy and regulation
    • Journalism
    • Marketing, public relations and communications

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 30,573 

    How to Apply

    Have your supporting documents to hand, and ensure they meet our guidelines. The documents may include certified copies of your qualifications, English language proficiency documents and supplementary forms for certain courses.

    If your documents are not issued in English, an official translation from a recognised translation service must be provided.

    Recognised translation services

    • National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) accredited translator in Australia
    • The Awarding institution
    • A Notary Public Office
    • The official Government body
    • An official and accredited translator*

    *Official translations are subject to review.

    If you have undertaken previous study or work that matches the content of some of your Curtin course units, you may be able to obtain credit for recognised learning, which exempts you from studying those units.

    Applying online: Use the ‘Apply now’ button on the relevant course page and following the prompts.

    Applying by mail or email: Download the International application for admission form [.pdf – 307 kB].

    If you want to package your course with a Curtin English course, you can submit your application with your course application documents to streamline the process.

    If your application is successful, you will receive an offer that you will need to accept or reject.

    If you accept your offer, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment ­– a document from Curtin that details your course, how long you will be studying the course, and the tuition fees. This document can be used for acquiring a student visa.

    Apply to the Australian government for your student visa. Gaining a student visa will allow you to participate in full-time study in Australia and work up to 40 hours in a fortnight. If you’re under 18 years of age, you must have approved accommodation and welfare arrangements in place before a visa can be issued.

    See our pre-departure resources for helpful information regarding your move to Perth.

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