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2012 Graduate Certificate in Creative Media Technology(K5S)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum .5 yrs, Maximum 2 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):

Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or School of Computing and Information Systems (03) 6226 2900 (Hobart) or (03) 6324 3469 (Launceston) or


The Graduate Certificate in Creative Media Technology is taught by the Human Interface Technology Lab, Australia based in the School of Computing and Information Systems.

The Human Interface Technology Australia (HIT Lab AU) is a strategic initiative of the University of Tasmania (UTAS). The HIT Lab AU is a specialist teaching and research centre bringing foundation virtual and mixed reality technologies to the Launceston campuses.

Human Interface Technologies (HIT) refers to the ways in which humans interface with digital devices as well as with other people remotely over large distances using the full range of human senses and gestures. This area is becoming more and more important because of the increasing demand for intuitive interface tools to enable people to communicate and drive the growing capacity and complexity of digital computing devices. Examples of human interface technolgies include: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Magic Book Technology and Virtual Retinal Display.

The Graduate Certificate in Creative Media Technology, which is available by part-time study, is aimed at graduates from any area who wish to broaden skills and knowledge already gained in an undergraduate program and to develop new skills and knowledge in human interface technology.

Admission & Prerequisites

A bachelor's degree from the University of Tasmania or a degree or other tertiary qualifications deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent.

Course Objectives

The learning objectives for the HIT postgraduate courses - Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters - are:

  • Understanding important aspects of engineering human experience and especially online interactions
  • Understanding human and technology aspects of interacting with digital media
  • Understanding the social design considerations in creation of online communities
  • Participating as a team in the process of designing interactive entertainment systems and virtual worlds, including brainstorming, concept development, documentation and presentation of a pitch to other classmates and experts
  • Understanding the impact that new media technology will have on the development of future virtual worlds
  • Provide hands on exposure to advanced interface and media technologies
The course concentrates on the design of the digital medium and the message or content delivered by that medium as well as the human interface to both. Although great progress has been made in developing and networking digital technology, today's human interfaces to those technologies (e.g, mouse, keyboard, etc.) are extraordinarily limiting and do not match the power of the human with the power of computing and digital media. Furthermore, the content of these media do not take advantage the natural three dimensional capabilities of humans in relating to the real world. The UTAS and HIT Lab AU intend to change this by developing and commercialising advanced interfaces that provide high bandwidth from computers to the brain and between brains, all based upon: 1) the natural abilities and perceptual organization of the human; and 2) the functional needs for specific applications in medicine, design, education and business. Combined, the UTAS courses and HIT Lab projects will develop both technology capital to build new industry in Australia along with human capital that comes from giving students a project-based multidisciplinary environment in which to learn and grow.

In the end, our projects are directed toward building interface tools that open an effectual window for collaboration and creation of digital content that give optimal experiences to people in all fields of endeavour.

The course will focus on virtual interfaces and their potential impact on the way we think about computers and the way we think with them.

Career Outcomes

Postgraduate study in human interface technology will facilitate a diverse range of career pathways because of the many fields and disciplines in which the technology and skills may be applied - the creative arts, architecture and design, communication, media and journalism, education and training, medicine and health, engineering etc.

In Australia employment prospects for ICT graduates are good with long-term growth projected for ICT occupations. Industry reports indicate thatmany employers are experiencing difficulty in recruiting people across a wide range of industries, from leading-edge IT companies to more traditional finance, government and engineering organisations.

Opportunities for travel and work overseas exist as hardware, software and programming techniques used in computing, and the demand for skilled professionals, are the same the world over.

Articulation to/from Course

Graduate Diploma in Creative Media Technology (followed by a Master of Creative Media Technology)

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