What they do
Multimedia specialists create computer animation, audio, video and graphic image files for multimedia applications. These applications can include presentations, games, motion pictures, CD-ROMs, information kiosks and the web. Multimedia specialists plan, produce and maintain websites and web applications using web programming, scripting, authoring, content management and file transfer software. Multimedia specialists also communicate with network specialists regarding web-related issues, such as web server security, user access and disaster recovery planning.
Multimedia developers may work for a wide range of organisations, including the IT industry, media and publishing companies, web design practices, animation and design studios, educational institutions and advertising agencies.
They often work as part of a team, but can work individually or on a freelance basis. With experience and sufficient start-up money, there are opportunities for self-employment.
Multimedia development is a dynamic growth industry that has developed out of a blending of creative production, the arts and the innovative technical presentation techniques provided by a range of IT platforms.
Tools and technologies
Multimedia specialists use the following tools and technologies:
- Desktop computers; mainframe computers; notebook computers; personal digital assistant (PDAs) or organisers
- Configuration management software
- Database management system software
- Development environment software
- Object or component oriented development software
- Program testing software
- Web platform development software
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a multimedia specialist, you usually need to gain a qualification in multimedia, digital media technologies, digital design, interactive digital media or a related field.
The Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies and the Diploma of Digital Media Technologies are offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. To find a training provider near you, browse the Jobs and Skills WA website or visit the My Skills website.
You can also study a degree majoring in digital design, graphic design or a related field. Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.