This programme is delivered as part of a sequence, beginning with the Diploma of Screen and Media or the Diploma of Digital Media Technologies.

Upon satisfactory completion of the Diploma, you will progress to the Advanced Diploma.

You may be eligible to begin your studies at the Advanced Diploma level if you already hold a Diploma in Screen and Media or have the relevant knowledge and skills. You must still apply for the Diploma, and will then be assessed for entry into the Advanced Diploma.

To apply for this programme sequence, visit either the Diploma of Screen and Media or the Diploma of Digital Media Technologies programme pages.

This Advanced Diploma gives you the broad base necessary to move ahead in the art, design, screen and media industries. RMIT is renowned as Australia's leader in screen, interactive and new media education. We'll provide you with a creative and supportive environment of artistic and intellectual investigation with great opportunities to forge industry connections.

Many graduates and staff of this programme have exhibited in festivals and conferences locally and internationally including Flickerfest - international short film festival, Sundance Film Festival, Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI).

This course has 2 specialist streams:

  • Interactive (you must complete the Diploma of Digital Media Technologies to enter this stream)
  • Screen (you must complete the Diploma of Screen and Media to enter this stream).


How you will learn

Interactive Digital Media (IDM)

Learning is conducted in the following types of environments:

  • computer labs - practical classes held in labs that contain industry-standard hardware and software including the Adobe creative suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Flash, Dreamweaver), Autodesk Maya, Final Cut Studio.
  • auditoriums - guest speakers and graduates are invited to share their experiences and provide students with valuable industry information.
  • production studio - group projects are undertaken to reflect a professional studio production experience.
  • drop in studios - students can access staff and resources in an informal studio environment.
  • online classes - students work on various production and research projects, collaborating in a flexible online environment.

In addition to computer labs, students have access to cutting-edge production equipment including HD video and professional audio and imaging equipment.

You will be assessed on folio content as well as a demonstration of acquired skills and knowledge. Some assessments will be group focused, but most projects will be individually conducted and assessed.


Learning is via a combination of:

  • classes
  • screenings
  • computer lab
  • location and studio-based exercises and productions.

You'll have access to professional equipment and facilities and be encouraged to develop and produce innovative screen content to industry standard.

Although you'll be working in a group and collaborative environment, you will be individually assessed for each of your productions. You will be taught by industry experts that have both the professional experience and ability to share their knowledge and skills.

Many field trips take place to film on location. A study tour to Cambodia is also offered for students interested in taking on overseas production projects.

You will be assessed on folio content as well as a demonstration of acquired skills and knowledge. Some assessments will be group focused, but most projects will be individually conducted and assessed.

All programmes are delivered in English.

You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Industry connections

In addition to computer labs, students have access to industry standard production equipment including HD video and professional audio and imaging equipment.

You'll be encouraged to undertake part-time, casual or volunteer work on the screen and media industries to develop your knowledge, apply your skills and acquire workplace experience.

Interactive Digital Media (IDM)

This programme has many valuable industry connections with leading companies including, among others:

  • Y&R brands
  • Wunderman
  • Iloura
  • 2 Bulls
  • Visual Jazz.

Opportunities to work in industry during the programme include a limited number of internships per semester and on project briefs devised by our industry partners.


We have very close relationships with Network 10 where many of our graduates are currently employed. We also have strong connections with special events companies, golf tournaments, football matches and the Australian Grand Prix.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

International opportunities

Interactive Digital Media (IDM)

The concept development, media production and management skills learnt in the Advanced Diploma are internationally recognised and will prepare students for work in Australia and overseas. The programme has a proud history of educating local and international students and continues to develop opportunities for student exchange, international study and employment.


The study tour to Cambodia was an exciting opportunity for students to gain international experience in a unique culture and environment. In 2012, the group produced 3 films over a 2-week period throughout Cambodia and found this to be an invaluable experience both personally and professionally.

The skills learnt in the course are of an international level which will enable you to seek employment in both Australia and overseas.

You will be encouraged to enter your productions into local and international film festivals in order to gain exposure while studying and upon graduation.

Electives and programme structure

You'll be admitted into the entry level in the training package (i.e. the Diploma of Interactive Digital Media or the Diploma of Screen and Media) and upon successful completion of either of these qualifications, you'll apply to commence the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media - either in the Interactive stream or the Screen stream.

Year 12 applicants typically apply for 1 of the Diplomas and complete the suite of 2 programmes over 2 years full-time.

Interactive Digital Media (IDM)

The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (IDM) is focused on the design, production and management of:

  • animation
  • games
  • broadcast graphics
  • web development
  • app development.

Student projects incorporate advanced visualisation, animation, web and interactive design. You will be taught to work independently and be prepared for entry into the interactive and media design industries or to continue further studies.

You'll focus on the following key areas:

  • concept development
  • independent production
  • advanced animation and visualisation
  • games, app, web and interactive development
  • compositing and visual effects production
  • sound design.


The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Screen) will develop the essential skills and knowledge you'll require for key areas such as:

  • concept development
  • storytelling
  • pre-production
  • production
  • post-production.

Throughout your studies, we'll emphasise the importance of industry knowledge, collaboration, team building and professionalism.


Interactive Digital Media (IDM)

Developments in technology such as apps and the internet are increasing the interactive design field, and have created a new way for consumers to find information and interact with their selected networks.

Our graduates are multi-skilled and broadly capable, greatly increasing their employment opportunities. Many games projects are being funded by the government which has developed a strong support to the industry.

While many graduates work for media production companies, others start successful freelance practices through industry networks created during their studies.


  • user experience (UX) designer
  • user interface (UI) designer
  • app developer
  • app designer
  • interface designer
  • graphic designer
  • motion graphic designer
  • web designer
  • front end developer
  • 2D animation designer
  • 3D animation designer
  • 3D modeller
  • 3D character rigger
  • visual effects designer
  • compositor
  • animator
  • producer
  • production manager
  • design director
  • art director
  • editor
  • digital media producer
  • digital media editor


Our graduates enter the industry as freelance professionals in a variety of production roles. Many have also found career-building positions in Australian network television.

Australian and international graduates are also actively working in media industries in Europe, USA and Asia.

Television content is in demand due to the growth in television channels, which has seen the rise of new job roles and opportunities within the industry as well as the increased funding of projects and facilities.

Industry professionals regularly turn to RMIT students and graduates to fill roles in all aspects of TV and film production.


  • cinematographer
  • camera assistant
  • editor
  • special effects specialist, designer, operator
  • TV graphics designer
  • content producer
  • assistant director
  • scriptwriter
  • freelancer


Interactive plan

  • Successful completion of the Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Media) (no longer offered), or the Diploma of Digital Media Technologies, or equivalent.

Screen plan

  • Successful completion of the Diploma of Screen and Media, or equivalent.


The tuition fees you will pay for this programme will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government-subsidised place or a full-fee place. The student tuition fees are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.


RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 25, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
1 year
15,250 AUD