Digital and Social Media
- Digital and Social Media Major (BA)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Explore the human side of the internet and graduate ready for roles in digital and social media strategy.
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This major can be taken as part of a double degree.
It's almost impossible to participate in society today without using digital and social media. This course explores the social, cultural and political impacts of the internet, including the significance of social media.
You will learn the fundamentals of online communications and explore digital innovations, such as artificial intelligence. You'll understand how the internet is changing political systems and reshaping cultures, societies and economies, and how you can navigate these changes effectively.
You'll build practical and advanced skills in creating, maintaining and managing online communications across web media, publishing and presence, online collaboration, and virtual community development and management.
Upon graduating, you’ll be career-ready for diverse roles in digital and social media and strategy.
Digital and Social Media is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can create a degree that suits your individual needs by enhancing your studies with a secondary major.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How to apply
This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.
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- You will learn to become 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.
- Curtin was one of the first universities to offer a degree in internet studies, making us a pioneer in the area of internet education.
- Our teaching staff are highly qualified and dedicated educators, many of whom contribute to new research into the internet and digital and social media.
How this course will make you industry ready
Our graduates find work in web design and development, marketing, communications, the media industry and with independent online businesses. Due to the open structure of the course, you can acquire the skills and knowledge you want, depending on your current employment or personal interests.
Our graduates are well positioned to undertake management, operational and policy work concerning the internet, and base their professional practice in a deeper understanding of the profound societal changes caused by digital and social media.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
- Online content creator
- Web designer / developer
- Social media coordinator
- Web communications manager
- Digital producer / strategist
- Data business analyst
- Media and communications
- Stakeholder engagement
What you'll learn
- understand and apply 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 appropriate 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 self-directed learning
- understand 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
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
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- Curtin course code: MJRU-NETCM
- Last updated on: January 13, 2020