FAQs


Communication

How do I communicate with staff?

If you have a question about your course, should should contact your course coordinator, lecturer or tutor via the Canvas Inbox. The best place to direct your queries on Canvas, is to either start a new Discussion (whereby tutors and students can all see and respond), or use the Inbox for private queries (such as requesting extensions).

If you have a question about the Master of Media program or personal difficulties that are affecting your study, you can contact the program manager, Rebecca Young: rebecca.young@rmit.edu.au.

If you have a question about course credit or your program plan, you can contact your academic advisor, Patrick Kelly: patrick.kelly@rmit.edu.au.

If you have a question about internships or industry projects, you can contact your work-integrated-learning (WIL) coordinator, Polly Stanton: polly.stanton@rmit.edu.au.

How do I communicate with students?

Media Masters RMIT is a private Facebook group for RMIT Master of Media alumni, current students and friends of the program. To join, go to the Media Masters RMIT page and click Join Group. A group admin will approve your request. 

We also have a group on LinkedIn, called RMIT Media Postgrads. Please join LinkedIn to access this group.

We also hold regular Student-Staff Consultative Committee meetings to get feedback about the program. We're always looking for volunteers - contact Rebecca if you would like to serve on this committee.

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Course Credit

Can I get credit for courses if I've already studied / practised media production?

If you have previously studied or worked in media production, we strongly advise you to apply for course credit. Some of our introductory courses are designed for students with absolutely no media production skills. Getting credit for these introductory courses can save you time and money.

You should apply for credit as soon as possible so that you get the outcome of your application before the start of semester. This will allow you to add your new courses before Week 2, and drop your credited courses before Week 5 (census date). 

Click here for further information on Credit at RMIT

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Digital Software / Apps

myDesktop allows you to log in from anywhere, on any device, and access a growing range of free software and apps that are relevant to your studies.

See the discounted software you can buy through Academic Software Centre. For instance, students receive 60% off Adobe Creative Cloud, which gives you access to all of Adobe's photography, design, video, and web apps, including Premiere, Photoshop and After Effects.

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English

How can I develop my English Language skills?

Media production is a collaborative discipline. From the start of the program you will be working in small groups so it is important that you can speak confidently in English.

To improve your writing and speaking skills for your academic (and professional) career, we urge you to enrol in the elective English for Academic Purposes LANG1259. This elective is specifically designed for Masters students in the School of Media and Communication. If English is not your first language, OR if you have not done much academic writing recently, this elective will be invaluable for your assessment work over the rest of your degree.

To improve your language skills and meet new friends, attend RMIT's English Ready workshops.

You can also visit the RMIT Learning Lab for all your academic study, writing, and English language support throughout your studies.

Improve your language on the RMIT Learning Lab:

  • Writing skills: Check out some of the essential writing skills needed in tertiary study.

  • Reading skills: Learn about skimming and scanning strategies as well as how to organise the information you have just read.

  • Spelling: Learn about the major spelling rules used in the English language with activities that will test your skills.

  • Oral presentations: Plan and prepare for oral presentations at university with these resources.

  • Tips from students: A series of videos from RMIT international students sharing tips on how to improve your English.

  • Academic word list tool: Develop your vocabulary by studying the list of 570 commonly used academic words. There are a range of fun games and activities to help you learn.

  • Useful websites: A comprehensive list of websites compiled to help you improve your English.

If you feel particularly worried or anxious about your study, your English, or life in Melbourne away from home, make a time to talk to your tutors or your Program Manager. 

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International Study

What opportunities are there for International work and study?

There are many opportunities to do MC188 coursework overseas: a Global Study Tour, a Global Internship and/or a Global Study Exchange:

  • Global Study Tours are best undertaken before your third semester, and used toward the coursework for International Media Collaboration.

  • Global Internships can be undertaken before your third semester, and used toward the coursework for Media Career Development. Internship opportunities will be sent to you periodically via email.

  • Digital Society School Internships allows MC188 students to combine their Professional Research Project and their Strategic Media Project into one 20 week internship in Amsterdam. The program is in English and interns will have one day a week to work individually on the documentation of their research and media projects. All instructions are found here: Digital Society School Internships

  • Online Partnered Projects can be done via Telanto - an online industry-connected platform that connects European business challenges to our students in Melbourne. You will learn about this platform in your semester 3 course International Media Collaboration.

  • Global Paid Internships can be organised through RMIT's International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP)

  • A Global Study Exchange is more complex to organise and will have to be planned according to your individual needs and the semester schedules of both RMIT and your host institution. You must register your interest (with Global Mobility and your Academic Advisor) as soon as possible, as study exchanges can take up to 10 months to organise. You need to research the student exchanges and RMIT's 200+ exchange partners you are interested in and identify courses offered at that institution which will allow you to transfer academic credit to MC188 Master of Media. Note that you will need a minimum GPA of 2.0 plus approximately $2000 per month for living expenses.

If you are interested in any of these international opportunities, you need to start planning and researching your options as soon as possible, as they generally take some time to organise.

  • Start by attending an information session to learn about the huge range of RMIT international study and work opportunities. Register here.

  • Visit the RMIT Global Experience Office website to find out more about your opportunities to study, work and travel overseas.

  • Email your Academic Advisor (patrick.kelly@rmit.edu.au) and ask for an appointment to design a new program plan that accommodates your international work or study experience.

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Internships

What opportunities are there for work placements / internships?

We frequently advertise internship (placement) opportunities via Master of Media Canvas announcements. Whilst many companies do send us opportunities for work placements, we also encourage you to do some research and thinking around where and when you might like to do a work placement.

Here are the Master of Media instructions that will help you secure a work placement: Essential Steps for your WIL Placement

We can advise you on how to approach companies, how to negotiate your placement, and we organise workplace insurance for you. Contact Polly.Stanton@rmit.edu.au for more information.

We also have a number of partnered industry projects - we are currently working on partnered projects with Fed Square, Melbourne WebFest, and the Capitol Theatre. Do you know of any industry partner that would like to work with our students? Read this Master of Media Partnered Project flyer to find out more.

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Medical/Personal Problems

How can I get help with my studies if I have a medical condition or personal problems?

If you have an ongoing medical condition which may impact on your ability to study, please contact Equitable Learning Services. This is a service for students living with disabilities, long-term illness and/ or mental health conditions. They will develop a plan to help you to with your study. Also see the Equitable Assessment Arrangements.

In addition, there are a range services you can access through RMIT student support services, including counselling, childcare, financial info, accommodation info, legal advice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support, and international student support.

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Mentoring

How can I receive mentoring to enhance my student life and my professional prospects?

Mates at RMIT matches new students with current ones to help new students settle into the university life and life in Melbourne.

Industry Mentoring provides industry mentoring in a variety of areas including Career Mentoring, Pride Mentoring, Women@RMIT Mentoring and Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Mentoring.

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Navigation

How do I find my classroom?

Lost on Campus is an app that can help you find every tutorial room, lecture theatre, computer lab, coffee shop, carpark, bus stop, sports field, your nearest toilet, vending machine -even campus 'secret locations'.

Melbourne City campus map is also useful.

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Postgraduate Study

How does post-graduate study differ from undergraduate study?

These resources cover some of the study and writing requirements at postgraduate level. Including research writing, literature review and effective reading: Postgraduate study

UniReady is designed for all commencing students (undergrad or postgrad, domestic or international) and answers important questions around the new academic life they are embarking upon.

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Room Access

To apply for security access to RMIT facilities you need to fill in this Security Access Request Form. Your School Administration Officers will assess your request and give you access to all relevant media facilities and areas. If you have any queries regarding your security access, please contact Media and Communication Reception email: mcreception@rmit.edu.au.

Here is a list of private and group study spaces

Here is a list of general purpose computer labs (some of which are open 24/7)

Lockers are located in 9.2 (Atelier 9.2.12 & Corridor 9.2.206) and 9.3 (Foyer 9.3.2 & Corridor 9.3.213)

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Social Media Groups for Students and Alumni

Media Masters RMIT is a private Facebook group for RMIT Master of Media students, alumni and friends of the program. Events, jobs and other items of interest are posted there.

Go to the Media Masters RMIT page and click Join Group. A group admin will approve your request.

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