Digital & Social Media FAQ
View our frequently asked questions about the Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media).
What is the Selection Rank for Digital & Social Media?
To view the selection rank for Digital and Social Media, see the relevant course page.
Please note, the numbers provided are the lowest Selection Ranks (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) to which an offer was made to Year 12 students who completed their HSC in the year immediately prior to the Autumn intake.
What careers could I pursue as a Digital & Social Media graduate?
Career options for a Digital and Social Media graduate include being a social media manager, UX/UI designer, digital campaign manager, prototype designer, digital entrepreneur, policy analyst, digital content producer, digital marketing specialist, communications officer and more.
Meet some of our Communication graduates.
How many contact hours per week is the Digital & Social Media major?
Most full-time Communication students are on campus 2-4 days per week, depending on their study plan and timetable. Students are also expected to complete work outside of their contact hours, such as preparation for class tutorials and assessments.
If students are struggling with the workload, they can choose to study a reduced load instead (1 or 2 subjects per semester as opposed to 3). Please note, students who reduce their study load may no longer be eligible for Centrelink or concession benefits. For more information, visit our financial help service.
What type of students generally study Digital & Social Media?
Within the Digital & Social Media cohort, there is a diverse group of domestic and international students from a range of backgrounds. Due to the broad nature of the major, students also have a wide variety of interests and career aspirations. Generally, most students have a passion for digital technologies and a willingness to learn new skills.
What are some of the skills I will learn in Digital & Social Media?
Students study a range of areas within digital and social media and graduate with a broad skillset. Specific skills covered within the major include but are not limited to: UX/UI design, social media management, digital marketing, coding, digital prototyping, entrepreneurship and campaign development. Students also learn a range of software and online tools, such as Proto.io and Sketch.
What do you do in a typical Digital & Social Media class?
Typically, Digital & Social Media classes are taught in a range of formats, including lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. Lectures generally cover fundamental digital and social media theory, whereas tutorials, workshops and seminars are more hands-on. Within a tutorial or seminar, students might work in teams on an app prototype or digital campaign, or learn new skills such as UI/UX design and coding.
Are internships provided as part of the Digital & Social Media course?
Digital & Social Media students have the option to complete a minimum 80 hour internship as part of the course. This highly valuable experience provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience and industry connections.
Students generally source their own internship, to ensure they get experience in a role or area they are interested in, however UTS Careers can assist students in finding one. Students in the Digital & Social Media major also get access to a Facebook group, where job and internship opportunities are regularly posted by academic and other students. Students can also find internships through the UTS Communication Society’s career Facebook group.
Find out more about Communication internships.
Do I need to buy any software to study Digital & Social Media?
Throughout the Digital & Social Media major, students learn and use a variety of software. UTS has computers on campus loaded with the necessary software used in the course, which Communication students have access to for free. If students want to use the software on their personal devices, most software used within the course offers a free or trial version.
Do I need to be good at technology to study Digital & Social Media?
Students within the Digital & Social Media major have a diverse range of technological skills. Students do not need to have any prior knowledge but it is recommended that they do have a passion for digital technologies and a willingness to learn new skills.
Are there any mobile app design subjects in the Digital & Social Media major?
Yes, students studying Digital & Social Media complete a subject called Digital Publishing for Apps. This subject allows students to develop their conceptual and production skills in digital publishing, with a particular focus on apps for mobiles, tablets and similar personal networked devices.
The subject explores a range of challenges and opportunities in digital app development, including UX and UI design, location-aware technologies and the distributing of apps. Students expand their digital content planning skills through the development of a detailed app proposal and then enhance their digital production skills through technical workshops and the creation of an app prototype.
I see there's a coding subject in the Digital & Social Media major, do I need to have coding experience?
Within the Digital & Social Media major, students complete a subject called Code as Literacy, Commodity, Infrastructure. Students do not need to have any prior coding experience to complete this subject.
Within the subject, students examine how data and algorithmic processes have impacted our everyday life and learn to code through technical workshops. Students are not expected to fluently code by the end of the subject, but rather gain a basic code literacy and understand the role of code in today’s society. Students who have prior coding experience can work on more advanced projects to further enhance their code literacy.