animation & interactive media
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application procedure

• determine your eligibility for the program.
• fill out and return an Application for Offer of Enrolment Form
• draft an outline of your research proposal based on a clear
_understanding of RMIT's requirements and submit it to the School.
• attend the School's Briefing Session for prospective applicants.
• AIM academic staff review these drafts.
• applicants whose proposals are considered significant and
_relevant, attend an interview.
• notification of our decision.
• successful applicants complete enrollment formalities.

stage 1
register your interest
in the program

Intending applicants must follow the application procedures outlined on the School of Creative Media's research web pages. <click here>
You also need to develop an outline of your research proposal. Use the information provided within these pages to guide you. This outline should consist of three sections. Try to limit this initial draft to a page each of brief description and methodology and half a page for the rationale. Please present it as word processed or typewritten document.

The purpose of this outline is to give the applicant an opportunity to express their creative ideas in a research context and to give the staff insights into the applicants' potential for admission to the program.

stage 2
attend briefing session
It is obligatory that you attend this Briefing Session in person. At this session you will gain further insights into the research program offered by the School of Creative Media, and receive additional information on developing research proposals. You also will have the chance to meet and ask questions of the staff and the opportunity to tour the Centre's facilities. It is expected that applicants may wish to refine their proposal outline based on knowledge gained at this session.
stage 3
assessment of
submitted drafts

Draft research proposals will be reviewed by the Centre's academic staff and will form the basis of preselection. There is strong competition for places within the program. Selection is based upon creative and artistic talent, research potential and the capacity of this Centre to provide appropriate resourcing. Where two proposals are of equal merit, preference will be given to those applicants who are able to undertake full time study. Evaluation will be based on:

• clarity of concepts
• strength of the research
• an understanding of the media
• aims and objectives of the proposal
• the contribution to original research
• realistic timeline and method for completion of project
• the way it asks and addresses the key research questions

stage 4
selected applicants
attend interview
Selected applicants will be granted a 30 minute personal interview with members of the selection panel. Applicants are advised to bring a portfolio of their previous creative works and research endeavours. It will be an opportunity for staff to ascertain whether the requirements of the candidate's proposal match the resources offered by this Centre and for you to outline your expectations of physical and intellectual resources. Applicants must supply original transcripts of prior academic results at this interview.
stage 5
applicants notified
of result
Notification will be sent by mail to all applicants advising them of the outcome of their submission. With the permission of the candidate, unsuccessful applications deemed more suitable to be undertaken within another discipline, will be forwarded on to the appropriate area.
stage 6
Your candidature as a researcher at RMIT commences on your first day of enrollment. From this day you have either two years to complete your research full-time or four years part-time for Master of Arts, or three years full time and six years part time for a PhD Degree. Prior to enrollment you can begin the task of finding industry consultants who could provide specialist expertise for your project. If you intend to work in collaboration with industry, you will need to organise appropriate letters of support.

postgraduate education
loans scheme
Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) 2005
From 2005 a loans scheme called the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) will be introduced.

FEE-HELP is a loan facility to assist eligible students who are enrolled in fee-paying postgraduate courses, including research degrees, at an approved higher education provider. FEE-HELP enables eligible fee paying students to pay all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth pays the amount of the loan directly to the studentŐs institution. Students repay their loan through the taxation system once their income reaches the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment.

Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP. Students may obtain FEE-HELP for accredited postgraduate award programmes including higher degrees by research. Eligible students can borrow up to the limit of the tuition fee charged by their provider. No loan fee applies to a FEE-HELP loan for fee paying postgraduate study.

For further information about FEE-HELP:
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