The Bachelor of Media Arts is a ground-breaking degree introduced to meet industry demand for creative practitioners with the ability to work and innovate with a range of emerging media technologies.

Operating at the intersections of creativity, media and technology, the degree is aimed at students looking to develop creative, practical and adaptable skills for this fast-evolving field. Working in a studio-based learning environment, you will gain hands-on skills, complemented by theoretical studies that encourage critical thinking, contextual awareness and creative problem-solving.

You will be taught by accomplished, industry-active media artists, producers and theorists, and you will create your projects in some of the world’s best-equipped workshops, labs and studios. The degree features five disciplinary areas, from which you will choose at least two. These are animation, visual effects (digital media), sound, moving image and interactive media.

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Degree Structure

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Career opportunities

  • Animator and 3D artist
  • Digital publishing and communications specialist
  • Art and advertising director
  • Film and television producer
  • Visual effects and post-production designer
  • Media strategist
  • Sound designer

Assumed Knowledge

Visual Arts

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank
2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Alternative entry or pathways

At UNSW Art & Design we look for creative talent. As such, some students are admitted solely on their ATAR, or equivalent, and some are identified by demonstrating their creative potential by preparing and submitting a portfolio of art, design, media or written work.

Submitting a portfolio can boost your chances of admission to Australia’s leading faculty of art and design. For more info and to see specific guidelines and deadlines visit Art & Design's Portfolio Entry page.

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Other information

You may be eligible to enrol in a separate year Honours program upon completion of this degree. Find out more.

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