Digital Media Production at University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU

Bachelor of Art (Hons) Digital Media Production at UOW Malaysia KDU

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University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU is offering the Bachelor of Art (Hons) Digital Media Production and Foundation Studies (Art and Technology) programmes. In addition, the Digital Media Production degree at UOWM KDU course aims to cultivate high quality graduates familiar with production processes and aware of what is needed to produce successful movies.

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Leading the charge in creating talents for the Digital Entertainment Content Revolution

The entire global Digital Content Creation Market is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 16.82% over the forecast period 2018-2025. The Digital Content Creation Market is continuously growing across the world over the coming years. The global animation market is projected to witness a compound annual growth rate of 4.79% during the forecast period, reaching a total market size of US$404.83 billion in 2023 from US$305.75 billion in 2017. The fast pace of technology and the number of digital content streaming through a proliferation of digital devices across the globe is fueling the entry of many new entertainment content providers into the market including the area of animation, visual effects and digital film production. It is a fact that 90% of television animation is produced in Asia and this market is considered the fastest growing for digital media consumption and content creation. Poised for growth, Malaysia has earmarked the entertainment industry as a catalyst for increased productivity. There will be a constant need for digital content consumption for individuals and brands as we push for digital technology to play bigger roles in our lives. This gives an impetus for the opportunity of continual production of local talent pool.

UOW Malaysia KDU’s Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Digital Media Production has taken the initiative to focus on individual creative content that the nation can be proud of. As we head towards a developed nation status, the creation of individual intellectual property content proves to be a vital cog in developing markets and sustainability of the industry. Hence the program predominantly focuses on the digital production aspect; namely THREE areas of focus – Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Video Production. These focus areas will drive students to lead the digital content revolution primarily on a national stage and eventually on a global scale.

We invite students who are familiar with present day digital media consumption of moving images, have a keen eye in art and design and have a distinctive interest for digital content production with individual flair to grow with the connected media industry. Students in the program will experience a rigorous emphasis on practical and thinking skills through their involvement in individual or team projects where the overall graduate capability is to create completed body of work that competently achieves the aesthetic and production benchmark of the visual industry.

Tuition Fees

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Intake Dates

Intakes are in January, June and September each year for the Game Development degree at UOWM KDU. For the exact dates, please WhatsApp 01111408838

Education Pathway

University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU campus at Utropolis Glenmarie

University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU campus at Utropolis Glenmarie

Students after SPM or O-Levels who love gaming and have a passion to design them can consider studying the Bachelor of Games Development at the best university for this course in Malaysia at University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU, Utropolis Glenmarie.

Students will need at least 5 credits in SPM or O-Levels to enter the Foundation in Arts & Technology course at UOWM KDU. Pre-University graduates in Malaysia from programmes such as UEC, STPM, A-Levels, SAM, CPU, AUSMAT and others may enter directly into the Game Development degree providing they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE A Level : 2 Principal Passes (2Es)
  • STPM : 2 Principal Passes (2Cs) or CGPA 2.00
  • UEC : 5 Credits (5Bs) inclusive of a credit in Additional Mathematics
  • Diploma : Pass with Min. CGPA 2.00
  • Foundation Studies: Pass with Min. CGPA 2.00
  • Any other qualifications deemed equivalent by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia (or as stated in the Document Senarai Nilai Taraf Kelayakan Akademik, Malaysian Qualifications Agency):
  • Pass (Subject to review and approval of certified transcripts)

For students wishing to enter the Bachelor of Game Development program(Game Art or Game Design), a Pass in SPM Mathematics is recommended.

For students wishing to enter the Game Technology track, a Credit in SPM Mathematics is required.

English Requirement

Local Student: Band 3 in MUET

*If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia KDU.

Year 1 Subjects for the Bachelor of Art (Hons) Digital Media Production at UOW Malaysia KDU

  • Academic English 1
  • Media Psychology
  • Narrative Studies
  • Graphic Design for Digital Media
  • Digital Imaging 1
  • Digital Imaging 2
  • Digital Illustration
  • Principles of Animation
  • Cinematography
  • Mass Media and Society
  • Production for Time Based Media
  • Digital Pre Production

Year 2 Subjects for the Bachelor of Art (Hons) Digital Media Production at UOW Malaysia KDU

  • 3D Visualisation 1
  • 3D Visualisation 2
  • Digital Video Editing
  • Acting and Movement for Digital Media
  • Digital Video Techniques
  • Studio Practice 1
  • Studio Practice 2
  • 3D Animation
  • Digital Media Project Management
  • Motion Graphic Design
  • Elective (1 subject)

Year 3  Subjects for the Bachelor of Art (Hons) Digital Media Production at UOW Malaysia KDU

  • Research Methodology
  • Digital Audio for Creative Media
  • Graduate Production Project
  • Digital Media Management and Distribution
  • Elective (1 subject)
  • Internship
Electives
YEAR 2
  • Fundamentals of Game Design
  • Presentation Skills
YEAR 3
  • Advanced 3D Animation
  • Visual Effects Compositing
MPU
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A*
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Life in Malaysia
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (International Students)
  • Pengajian Malaysia 3 (International Students)
  • Hubungan Etnik (Malaysian Students)
  • Tamadun Islam & Tamadun Asia (Malaysian Students)

Notes
Bahasa Kebangsaan A is compulsory for all Malaysian students

  • without a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia.
  • without SPM Bahasa Malaysia (applicable to students from UEC, O Level, or other equivalent programmes)

Awards won by the Computing & Game Design Students at University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU

I wasn't sure of which course to study & Lonnie , from EduSpiral, guided me to choose the right course based on Job Demand & Salary. Hong Ming, Foundation in Computing & Technology at KDU University College

I wasn’t sure of which course to study & Lonnie , from EduSpiral, guided me to choose the right course based on Job Demand & Salary. Hong Ming, Foundation in Computing & Technology at KDU University College

  • KPMG Cyber Challenge 2019: University of Wollongong (UOW) Malaysia KDU Wins Top University Award
  •  Level Up KL 2019 -SEA Game Awards 2019 Nominees – Echoes of You and House of Ignotus by KDU Glenmarie Games
  • Best of Tertiary Student category at the MSC-Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APiCTA) 2018
  • SCCM’s game development students made headlines during the recent South East Asian game developer’s conference – LEVEL UP KL 2018, by walking away as winner in the ‘Best Student Game’ award category. Eight Game Development students conquer the ‘Best Student Game’ award category with their winning game called Terminus: Lockdown. The award recognizes the overall best game developed by students from the Southeast Asia region. Terminus: Lockdown, is a third-person survival shooter game where the players play the role as a lone Technician trapped in a world filled with deadly parasitic plants infesting the halls of an abandoned space station.
  • UOWM KDU Team EzSense, the second runner-up winner for the 23rd International ICT Innovative Services Awards (InnoServe Awards). Their innovative product, EzSense, an IoT- enabled commercial aquaponics monitoring kit using an Arduino microcontroller and LoRa wireless technology.
  • Three KDU’s Game Development Alumni walked away with a seed grant worth RM 50,000 and an Adobe Create Cloud license when they came out top as the winner of Intellectual Property Creators’ Challenge (IPCC) 2018 – Commercial Ready Game
  • Level Up SEA Game Jam 2017 -Teo Jia Luen, a Bachelor of Game Development student; Lai Ze Ren, a graduate of the same programme, were both in the same team that won the first place and walked away with a cash prize of RM8000. The game which their four-member-team made was a ‘clicker’ type that focused on building the entrepreneurial spirit.Apart from that, Ms Nabilah Raihan Binti Zakaria, a Game Art Lecturer was part of the team that won third place, by providing the visuals for a multiplayer pixel art game.
  • Level Up KL 2016 – the largest and most prestigious regional game conference in Malaysia – by being crowned as the top three winners in the SEA Game Jam 2016 together with the inaugural Industry Recognition Award 2016
  • MSC- APICTA 2016’s Best of Tertiary Student Category – Creative Multimedia prize for their First Person Co-Op Shooter Game called Combat Infiltration Droid (C.I.D)
  • Awarded an Entry Point Project under the Malaysian Government’s Economic Transformation Plan (ETP), spearheading the Game Development Industry in Malaysia.
  • MyGameDev2020 is an initiative spearheaded by University of Wollongong (UOW) Malaysia KDU that represents the start of a strategic collaboration between educational institutions and industry sectors.
  • University of Wollongong (UOW) Malaysia KDU collaborates with Codemasters Studios to develop talent and to build national awareness.
  • Bachelor of Game Development (Hons) programme student won The Merit Award for the MSC-Malaysia APICTA 2013 awards under the Best of Tertiary Student Project Category (Creative Multimedia)
  • Bachelor of Computing programme won the central zone category for the MyInovasi 2012 competition, a competition organized by the Ministry of Higher Education to promote innovation and creativity.
YEAR ACHIEVEMENTS
2011 Lee Jian Aun (leader), Lee Jian Yi, Gan Chun Meng (School of Computing and Creative Media) Finalist – Microsoft Imagine Cup Malaysia 2011
2014 Khor Rui Yen & Chua Yin Fu (School of Computing, Communication & Media Studies) Team Member – The Best Prototype Award – MDeC-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Global Start-up Labs Programme

UOWM KDU School of Computing & Creative Media

IDEAL SCHOOL FOR COMPUTER STUDIES – TAKE IT IN UOW MALAYSIA KDU

“An all-inclusive syllabus that produces computing wizards & games maestros”

THE BEST STREAMLINED SYLLABUS
THE game development scene in Southeast Asia is set to grow in the next five to 10 years according to University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU’s head of school for computing and creative media Tan Chin Ike. In order for that to be a reality, there needs to be a ready talent pool for developers to tap into and sustain

THE game development scene in Southeast Asia is set to grow in the next five to 10 years according to University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU’s head of school for computing and creative media Tan Chin Ike. In order for that to be a reality, there needs to be a ready talent pool for developers to tap into and sustain

UOWM KDU syllabus is a direct result of in-depth analysis and collaborations with industry partners to ensure our graduates are not only employable but desirable talents that can integrate seamlessly into the industry. It evolves to stay relevant to current industry needs and practices.

Creative Media:
Game Design Development students at University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU are taught by qualified lecturers with industry experience

Game Design Development students at University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU are taught by qualified lecturers with industry experience

The Game Development degree programme at UOW Malaysia KDU is endorsed by a major UK-based game development studio and stalwarts in the local industry. The programme’s streamlined syllabus and industry insights produces sought-after graduates, drawing many a studio to headhunt and handpick talents before they even graduate. With three specialised streams to choose from, our programme is one of the most comprehensive Game Development programmes out there.

UOW Malaysia KDU also collaborates with Codemasters Studios in the adoption of industry benchmarking and standards for curriculum and assessment methods in programme delivery. Codemasters is one of Britain’s oldest video game development companies and is considered Europe’s largest independent games company with nearly 700 employees in the UK alone.

Computing:
University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU game design development students are taught by passionate industry experienced lecturers

University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU game design development students are taught by passionate industry experienced lecturers

UOWM KDU recognises the need to integrate and diminish the gap between industry requirements, practice and technology and academic delivery. Irrespective of the computing stream students choose to study, our syllabus ensure they have a strong grasp in the fundamentals on computing, from programming, to using complex algorithms, and designing, building and testing of applications or systems – all of which are critical in cultivating a graduate who is an analytical thinker and creative problem-solver.

UOW Malaysia KDU offers programmes in 3 out of the 4 major facets of computing (as stated by The Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest scientific and educational society for computing).

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Information Systems

“Our strong industry collaborations means students actively collaborate with potential future employers – before even graduating!”

Strategic Partnerships:

We work with selected corporate industry and relevant organisations to obtain practical training materials and tools for knowledge transfer as well as the opportunity for events and networking. Students get a taste of real world experience in consultation with top technological companies such as IEEE Computer Society, and RapidMiner Master Reseller, Ouandatics (M) Sdn Bhd keeping updated with latest trends through projects and industry involvement.

Certification Ready:

Students are exposed to and prepared for external certification exams and professional certification processes through our partnerships.

MyGameDev Talent Development Initiative:
KDU GAME DEVELOPMENT students emerge victorious at LEVEL UP KL 2016

KDU GAME DEVELOPMENT students emerge victorious at LEVEL UP KL 2016

In 2012, the Ministry of Higher Education awarded UOW Malaysia KDU with a PEMANDU Entry Point Project initiative under the Economic Transformation Plan and the National Key Results Area (Education) to spearhead the Game Development industry in Malaysia, focusing on awareness and talent building activities. This Game Development Cluster represents the start of a strategic collaboration between educational institutions and the Game Development industry to create a High-Income, Sustainable Creative Economy in the area of Game Development.

The primary measure of success in a digital game region is a critical mass of talent. Without critical mass, it is difficult to find support, retain talent, and attract international visibility and credibility. In an effort to maintain a constant flow of talents into the Game Development Industry, MyGameDev’s role is to ensure that not only are the relevant institutions generating graduates which are industry ready but to also prepare a ready pool of raw post-secondary student talents to feed into this pipeline.

General Facilities

University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU offers the degree in Games Development. Students have access to Alienware in their Area51 Game Lab.

University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU offers the degree in Games Development. Students have access to Alienware in their Area51 Game Lab.

The new 10-acre purpose-built University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU campus at Utropolis, costing RM320 million, has been designed around the philosophy that learning is experiential and can happen anywhere.

There are open spaces, themed gardens and discussion cubes, along with 9 fully equipped lecture halls that can house up to 250 students each, 60 state of the art classrooms where 4,000 students can be attending lecture and classes at any one time, a 50,000 sq ft space housing University of Wollongong (UOW) Malaysia KDU’s comprehensive library and a 500-bed student village.

  • Cafeteria – A melting pot of food and life, students from all walks of life and schools gather here for their daily feast.
  • Computer Lab – A number of computers all at the ready for our students’ access, connected to the free high speed WIFI service available on campus.
  • Student Lounge – A student hotspot equipped with comfortable furniture for students to ease their minds.
  • Library – The Utropolis Glenmarie library is spread out over 50,000 square feet, fitted with a coffee bar, Zen garden reading lounge, quiet study and learning pods.
  • Learning Pod- Students can have the space they need in order to focus on studies at hand at the private Learning Pod.
  • Atrium – Wide open space often bathed with natural sunlight.

UOWM KDU Student Accommodation, Utropolis, Glenmarie

On-campus accommodation on a 10-acre, 7-storey block that accommodates up to 580 students which is divided into male and female wings.

Game Lab at UOWM KDU

University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU Game Lab equipped with Alienware for the Game Technology degree students

University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU Game Lab equipped with Alienware for the Game Technology degree students

This is where Game Development students will be spending most of their time at.

Equipped with powerful equipment necessary for your education, the Game Lab in UOWM KDU has everything that you’ll need to play the latest and greatest titles on the market currently. Of course, playing won’t be everything you’ll do in this lab. You’ll be developing games from the ground up.

The Game Lab offers 11 units of Alienware Aurora gaming desktop systems. In a room found next to this, is the Game Console Area, where there’s Sony PlayStation 3, one Special Edition Gears of War themed Xbox 360, and a Nintendo Wii.