The Bachelor of Media Arts (BMA) is an innovative, industry-aligned and research-active program that provides students with a strong foundation across contemporary creative media and technology production including animation, video, sound and image, interactive, emergent and cross media technologies and systems.
Degree: Bachelor of Media Arts (BMA Hons)
Duration: 4 years full-time
Honours: Incorporated into the 4th year of study
UNSW Art & Design’s groundbreaking Media Arts program offers you hands-on experiences across a range of key media and audio-visual production areas including animation, VFX, interactive and cross media production and publication.
The studio-based core of our Media Arts program is supported by theoretical studies that encourage critical thinking and contextualisation of creative practice. Our students are also welcome to undertake courses from UNSW’s highly regarded Fine Arts and Design programs.
Students first take foundation studies in Media Arts before choosing their individual studio practice in the latter stages of the degree. Students complete their degree program by producing a production thesis at an Honours level.
We provide you with an innovative, supportive, challenging and collaborative learning and teaching environment including access to Australia’s leading research labs in creative robotics, interactive and immersive cinema and 3D visualisation. SStudents produce their projects in our suite of state-of-the-art computer labs and sound and video studios.
The BMA is a four-year full-time degree program (including Honours).
UNSW Art & Design’s Media Arts degree program emphasises interdisciplinary, exploratory and collaborative practice across the following key areas.
Animation in the BMA covers a wide range of practice from traditional cell-painting and digital rostrum camera, to stop motion and rotoscope, to cutting edge 3D modelling and rendering. Courses cover both the art of motion and the creation of coherent relationships, situations and worlds.
As well as production for the screen, animation courses are connected to studies in the latest research and development in scientific visualisation, psychology and robotics where the illustration of life is a growing area of research and innovation. Throughout our degree there is a strong emphasis on production planning and management, effective scheduling of time and resources, team building and presentation.
Interactive and Cross Media Studio
Interactive and Cross Media provides hands-on experience in emergent digital and new media technologies and systems thinking, addressing current questions such as the relationship between art and science through invention and experimentation. Students are encouraged to pursue ambitious transdisciplinary practices that push the boundaries of art and design.
Video, Sound and Image Studios
Audio-visual studies in the BMA range from critical documentary and narrative to cutting- edge visual effects work in still and motion image compositing. Students work through the entire process from pre- to post-production, learning camerawork, scripting and editing skills. Live-action is tightly integrated with sound design and animation. Imaging studies include studio lighting, digital painting and image publication for both print and interactive screen.
UNSW Art & Design’s BMA sound courses provide a strong technical grounding in digital audio design. Projects range across fields including sound design, digital and electro-acoustic music production, installations and soundscapes, sound synthesis and re-contextualisation.
UNSW Art & Design offers an extensive suite of career powering dual degree options that will see you ready for the emerging industries of today and into the future.
Our wide ranging dual-degree program is inspired by the world in which our students will ultimately work – a world in which few people work alone or in just one discipline, and in which it is important to understand and master a variety of skills. Dual degrees are not only for students with clearly chosen career interests – they offer valuable complementary sets of conceptual tools and transferable skills that potentially open more doors and create more opportunities in the ever changing creative economy. UNSW Art & Design is taking interdisciplinary art, design and media education to a new level.
UNSW Art & Design offers the following combinations of creative and professional degrees:
Our BMA graduates are highly sought after for careers across the entertainment, art and design, creative media and technology industries.
UNSW Art & Design graduates are equipped in problem-solving across a range of disciplines in the creative media world. Our graduates work nationally and internationally in media and creative industries including in the following creative content development, production and distribution areas:
- Animation design and production
- Digital publishing and communications
- Video, online and mobile media
- Interaction, user-experience and environments
- Game development and production
- Digital strategy
- Film, television, online and mobile production
- Multiplatform media development and production
- Production management and development
- Sound design, composition and production
- Scientific imaging and visualisation
- Media strategy and planning
- Entrepreneurship, innovation and media startups
The following Scholarships are available to Bachelor of Media Arts students:
For more information on the Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) at UNSW Art & Design, please call +61 2 8936 0684 or Email us