Digital Media Homepage

Subject: DMA - Digital media- 2013

College of Arts, Victoria University

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email:
Course Coordinator & Education Manager: Alan Morgans - email:
College of Arts Office: City Flinders - Tel: 9919 1517

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Class 05 - Digital File Formats

Class Activities

We will be starting Assessment Task 2 - Review (Glossary) of Common Digital Media Formats this week, so go to this assessment task document here to read all the requirements and specs for the task:


This task is meant to be a self-directed research task which will enable you to increase your knowledge of common file formats and their usages. It is advantageous to know about formats such as:

  • Image
  • Audio
  • Video/Multimedia
  • 3D
  • Document
  • Hypertext / Hypermedia
  • Compressed/Archived files
  • Executable files
  • Mobile Apps

You may already be using many of these media formats and not really be aware of what they are and why they are used.

It is also important to make this task relevant to you as artists and to explore how artists are using these media in creative practice either to create artworks or to document artworks.


Here are a few links to help get your started:

Don't forget to reference your glossary with links for where you got your information. There wil lbe some cut & paste with this assessment task - which is fine - just reference all of the text that isn't your own.


Create: things to do this week

1. Start working on your Glossary - you can save all of your work in a Word document (or equivalent). You should be able to find all the information you need on the Internet. What will be more difficult will be applying this to creative praactice - finding examples of artworks that use these formats. You might need to be a bit canny and try to figure out what files are being used in multimedia projects. Ask me if you are having trouble finding content in different formats.

2. if you still need to take some time to customise your blog and populate it with content, you can do it in class.


Watch this video:

History of the Internet:

It was the development of the Internet and file sharing via email that was the catalyst for the creation of MIME types (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions), and many of the different digital file formats that we know today.

If you need a starting point to understand some of the terminology used in the above video or in other websites that you are researching, a good general Glossary of terms relating to digital media formats can be found here:


Homework / Readings

Work on your Glossary and make sure you bring all work to class next week.