I would’ve called it Social Media but then again I’m just teaching it. 😛 Plus it’s also convergent devices so I guess Convergent Media is ok. Contact Rachel r.bentley@uws.edu.au. for more information

Traditional media (television and radio) are responding quickly to the new digital and online challenges of the 21st century.

Creative producers need to design content across all platforms, while user-generated content is being used as an interactive tool to generate a dialogue with audiences.

The School of Communication Arts is offering the Master of Convergent Media and Graduate Diploma in Convergent Media encouraging students to explore the social, cultural and technological impact of new technologies on audience and consumers.

If you want to refresh and renew your skills in emerging media technologies you will want to know more about this course. The MCM offers the environment for you to develop new digital content and explore programming genres.

The MCM is designed to assist you to effectively navigate through this new environment and provide you with options for industry internships. The ‘convergent’ media future focuses on engaging audience dialogues through ITP, TV, broadband, and pod/vod casting. Industry terminology reflects these changes, with the term convergent media now used to describe the multi-platform integrated environment.

The MCM program is presented through a series of seminars by industry professionals and academic staff from the areas of media production, animation, scriptwriting, media and audience theory, advertising and professional communication. Working with professionally oriented staff, you will be guided through practical project pitches and/or corporate communication briefs.

In the project units you will develop a professional pitch and pilot in the production format of your choosing – television, web, pod/vod cast, mobiletv and will receive critical feedback from leading industry professionals. You can also choose to trial a project through an internship placement at Television Sydney (TVS) or a media/marketing organisation.

The School of Communication Arts offers superior academic and production resources with a recent refurbishment of its studio, broadcast facilities, streaming server and a new live outside broadcast remote facility (more at University of Western Sydney site)

good news is that you’ll get me teaching you about social networks and user generated content and y’know, my stuff. Bad news is that you get Mark Pesce and Jennifer Wilson. Oh ok, that’s good news too! And you can choose just to do solo subjects, I think.

Better apply now – starts in a couple of weeks. Get the boss to pay!