Media / Digital Media

Multimedia Developer

Multimedia developers incorporate sound, full-motion video, text and graphics into one application that is interactive for the end user.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Multimedia Developer do?

Multimedia developers design, develop and deliver fully functioning products that incorporate sound, full-motion video, text and graphics into one application that is seamless and interactive for the end user. Multimedia developers work with computer information systems, graphics and delivery protocols for software. They design products and applications such as web portals for online learning programs, video games and high-end interactive websites.

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Work activities

As a multimedia developer, you would:

  • talk with clients to understand their requirements
  • investigate, and recommend appropriate equipment and software to achieve the required objectives
  • prepare code to produce the multimedia product
  • prepare digital graphics, animations, sound, video, photographs and images for editing
  • prepare design concepts
  • design, create and test complete and fully working prototypes
  • track all changes with the multimedia project
  • be responsible for all changes, upgrades and post-delivery patch solutions
  • meet all project deadlines and development timetables.
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Key skills and interests

To become a multimedia developer, you would need:

  • an up-to-date understanding of new technology, and how to use it
  • well developed computer programming skills
  • creativity and artistic flair
  • the ability to both lead and follow instructions
  • a strong client focus
  • the ability to work as part of a team.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would usually work standard business hours, Monday to Friday. Some evening and/or weekend work may be necessary to meet deadlines.

Conditions

Multimedia developers work for a wide range of organisations, including IT design and development companies, media and publishing companies, design studios, educational institutions and advertising agencies.

You could be based in an office or a studio, depending on your role. You would spend most of your time sitting and working at a computer.

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How to become an Multimedia Developer?

Entry Level Education

Multimedia developer positions usually require a bachelor's degree or equivalent in computer programming, digital media, commmunication design or other relevant technology-related areas. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, maths, art, computing applications and software design & development would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Employers may also be looking for a good portfolio of work, so you may need to pursue volunteer work or internships while at university to build up your portfolio.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of multimedia developers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

Multimedia development is a dynamic growth industry that has developed out of a combination of creative production, the arts and the innovative technical presentation techniques provided by a wide range of IT software packages and solutions.

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