Course Title: Design for Interactive Media 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design for Interactive Media 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet2 2007,
Viet3 2007,
Viet2 2008,
Viet1 2009,
Viet2 2009,
Viet3 2009,
Viet1 2010,
Viet2 2010,
Viet3 2010,
Viet1 2011,
Viet2 2011,
Viet3 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet3 2012,
Viet1 2013,
Viet2 2013,
Viet3 2013

Course Coordinator: Christian McCrea

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2531

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.11.04

Course Coordinator Availability: Students enrolled in programs BP215, BP213, BP214 should contact their program co-ordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite Courses


Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
It is expected that you will have basic computer skills and a basic level of knowledge of Adobe Photoshop

Course Description

This course gives an introduction to fundamental concepts that will develop your critical and creative skills for multimedia.  You will be introduced to a wide range of fundamental concepts for visual cultural theories including representation, reproduction, metaphor, semiotics, narrative, time, and visual language, involved in creating work for multimedia.
Class time will be divided between critiquing and analysis of visual theory, images, films, interactive media, alongside development of creative content for visual based media, concept development and animation skills useful in the creation and presentation of multimedia.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course it is expected  you will achieve the following:
- skills in the creation and production of creative work in a digital medium;
- skills in media integration techniques; concept, theories and methodologies of visual media;
- identification of stages of development of creative practices;
- basic authoring techniques and animation skills;
- basic knowledge of semiotics;- basic understanding of language of films and narrative structure;
- basic skills of analysis and interpretation of images.

At the completion of this course  you should have developed a competency in digital media authoring, have an ability to focus and develop creative solutions involving digital media authoring, and be competent in visual language and image skills. It is expected you will have gained skills and confidence to challenge and develop your creative and critical ability.

Overview of Learning Activities

 Lecturer  input: Lecture, demonstrations, seminars/tutorials, computer studio workshops, discussions, student consultation, screenings, research development and assessment. The focus will be on creative solutions involving digital and other media authoring, development of visual language and image skills. You will be encouraged to challenge and develop their creative and critical ability through class exercises and individual projects.
This course includes work integrated learning such as simulated client briefs.
Learner Input: An active and constructive participation in group discussions and projects is expected in addition to completing weekly readings, group and individual exercises, and careful planning and completion of all assessment tasks. Learning activities will involve student led seminar of discussion, analysis and criticism of weekly class topics and reading material. During this course you are required to do your own study outside class time in order to complete class work and assignments. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to course materials and access to online and hard copy resources at the RMIT Library.
The Bachelor of Design – Multimedia Systems Course Reader will be available from the Melbourne Co-Op bookshop in Semester 1. You should obtained a copy before the semester begins or in the first week of the semester and familiarize yourself with the contents.

You are encouraged to do a wide range of reading and independent library research into all areas of Art, design, and Multimedia.

Overview of Assessment

You are required to complete individual based assignments: 1. Class Paper (20%) 2. Media Review (20%) 3. Folio (20%) 4. Major Project (40%). These assignments will require you to analyse  and critique theory and media, plan, conceive, and create a number of visual based works, and a short creative project that incorporates graphic and animation techniques. The assignments are intended to give you an opportunity to explore an idea of your choice and develop critical and analytical skills. Assessment will be conducted during the semester.