Course Title: Major Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Major Project

Credit Points: 48

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Chris Barker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2994

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 36.04.05

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment (via email)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You will undertake this course after completing other courses in the program as indicated in the program map depending on your commencement semester and discipline.

Course Description

In this course you will produce an engaging personal work, in which you take a substantial creative role within your specialization. This will refine and deepen your understanding of the nature of the selected medium and the production of a creative work.

This course will contribute to the development of an industry-ready portfolio for establishing or further developing a career within your chosen creative industry.

This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for MC142AIM Master of Creative Media (Animation and Interactive Media) and GD143AIM Graduate Diploma of Creative Media (Animation and Interactive Media). This course is designed to enable you to apply your academic learning to a contemporary workplace situation. The integration of work-based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL), will allow you to solve authentic workplace problems or address real issues faced in organisations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course, you will develop the following capabilities:

  • Communicate ideas in ways that are appropriate to the medium
  • Develop and present original concepts in a professional manner and translate concepts into practice or a creative product
  • Apply a theoretical, historical and cultural reference to the discipline
  • Develop team work skills and leadership appropriate to an industry that relies on collaboration
  • Solve problems effectively and creatively
  • Operate as a creative practitioner and/or entrepreneur within a changing industry context
  • Interrogate and reflect upon personal work and the work of others, contributing to the knowledge base and practice of the field.

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate conceptual thinking and origination of content in your chosen medium.
  • Present and communicate ideas and narratives in ways appropriate to the medium.
  • Employ industry-relevant production or publication methods in your chosen medium.
  • Solve problems that arise during the creation/production process.
  • Plan and organise a personal work from concept to screen/book/exhibition within a deadline and project parameters.
  • Interrogate your own work and that of others, and articulate the strengths and weaknesses.
  • Display team work skills appropriate to an industry that relies on collaboration, and work collaboratively as appropriate to the requirements of the project.

Overview of Learning Activities

This is a ‘hands-on’ production-based course which will integrate your learning within the framework of a real world professional practice. This synthesis is achieved under the guidance of an academic supervisor who is also an industry practitioner. Its objectives will primarily be achieved through ‘learning by doing’. You are expected to reflect upon your experience and personal learning during the various stages of undertaking a substantial project, from original concept to completed work.

The project itself represents an industry-standard brief, agreed-upon by you and your supervisor. You will be guided through project activities that parallel, in all relevant details, similar activities undertaken by industry professionals. Such guidance will be provided by your supervisor who is an industry practitioner and a staff member of the Industry Advisory Committee for the program. Your supervisor will advise you on your project and provide weekly feedback of your progress based upon his or her knowledge of industry protocols, procedures and standards. In addition, your final work will also be externally assessed by an industry professional. (See Assessment, below.)

As a post graduate student, you are also expected to be highly engaged in your own learning including development of project timelines, actively seeking appropriate support, and familiarising yourself with the literature of the field.

You should seek informed criticism of your work in order to develop your personal working methods into a mature professional practice. This could occur through contact with peers, lecturers and industry practitioners. You are expected to participate constructively in building a community of creative practitioners that forms and develops its own knowledge base, and contributes that knowledge in the field.

This course will provide you and your class with the opportunity to receive industry feedback on your learning activities or assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of print and web-based resources are available in the RMIT library. Reading appropriate for your major project will be determined in collaboration with your supervisor. Computing, filming, film editing and animating resources are also available depending upon the individual project concerned.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course has two components:

  • Individual project design and development
  • Project realisation and review

The weighting of each assessment task and actual format of the major project and its realisation and review will depend on the specialization in the program. Your supervisor will negotiate this with you at the start of the semester.
Please refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.