Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Futures

Prepare to explore the digital frontier

Digital technology and media is fundamentally changing society. Industries are being disrupted. Products and services are converging. Workforce skills are transforming.

Our new Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Futures offers valuable insight into the hidden workings of this exciting field, and sought-after skills in digital media production. It’s ideal for upskilling, strengthening your CV, or laying the foundations for a full, related bachelor degree.

What will you do?

Conducted over six months full-time or 12 months part-time, this unique, industry-informed program is designed and taught by our world-class, research-active digital industries experts. Through a flexible combination of face-to-face and digital learning, you will:

  • gain a broad understanding of changing media technologies’ role in everyday life, and their societal impact
  • research and analyse diverse media cultures from a local and global perspective
  • learn to critically interpret professional, ethical and cultural policy issues in relation to the media

Depending on your course choices, you could also build fundamental knowledge and skills in areas such as digital storytelling, data mining, music technology and virtual reality design.

Where could it take you?

You could go on to a full arts degree with a Digital Humanities major, or perhaps a Bachelor of Media—whether to start your first career, or an exciting new one. You might draw on your enhanced capabilities to step up in an existing role. Perhaps the qualification will help you win a well-deserved promotion.

*Commonwealth Support for the Undergraduate Certificates is only available to domestic students in 2021 as part of the Australian Government's Job Ready Graduates package. On current advice, you must also complete the qualification by 31 December 2021. Students can look to continue further studies into a Bachelor degree with credit.

Please note:
Semester one applications close on 8th March, 2021. The late application fee for semester one, 2021 will be waived.


Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 319091
Deferment No
Intake March and July
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education A completed Australian Year 12 secondary schooling qualification (or overseas equivalent) (no minimum ATAR required).
Higher Education Study Completion of at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units).

Completion of a recognised tertiary enabling program will also be considered.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate III or above from a Registered Training Organisation.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021.

Alternatively, completion of at least three years of full time equivalent employment with appropriate experience.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 319091

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $7,250

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Potential careers

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Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.


Undertaking opportunities offered by the University such as study tours, internships and starting a club, my life perspective has also been broadened.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 Mar 2021