Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)

Four years full-time / Eight years part-time

The Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) degree offers you an exciting combination of academic excellence and professional training in media and communications. Our degree links practical training in media writing; radio, video, online media production; and media relations; with a scholarly and critical education in media and communications theory and practice.

You will acquire a broad array of skills that are tailored to meet the needs of the media and communications industries, and you are not required to specialise in a particular media area. Therefore, our flexible degree structure enables you to continue with your studies in the humanities and social sciences, and/or languages and still remain enrolled in Media and Communications.

The degree encompasses a host of diverse and expanding industries that will offer you exciting national and international employment opportunities. You will graduate with the skills required for entry into areas such as print, broadcast and online journalism, international communications, media regulation and public policy, media and public relations.

Students have undertaken internships in a variety of areas, including competitive national and international journalism placements, public relations and advertising agencies, national television and radio and major print and online media. This practical work experience in your chosen field of interest can give you a definite edge over other graduates as you seek professional employment after graduation.

Majors

For a comprehensive list of majors available in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and in other faculties, visit Sydney Courses.

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) majoring in Digital Cultures and Cultural Studies

This student has structured her Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) around her interests in media, science, technology and culture. Half of her degree is dedicated to compulsory units in media and communication available exclusively to students in the degree. She has taken majors in Digital Cultures and Cultural Studies, as well as some junior units in the natural sciences.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 MECO1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Media Studies
BIOL1001
Junior Unit/Table B
Concepts in Biology
GEOS1001
Junior Unit/Table B
Earth, Environment and Society
GCST1601
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Cultural Studies
24
S2 MECO1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Media and Communications Landscapes
MECO1003
Junior Unit/Table A
Principles of Media Writing
PHIL1012
Junior Unit/Table A
Introductory Logic
GCST1603
Junior Unit/Table A
Screen Cultures and Gender: Film to Apps
24
2nd Year S1 MECO2601
Senior Unit/Table A
Radio Broadcasting
MECO3601
Senior Unit/Table A
Video Production
ARIN2620
Senior Unit/Table A
Cyberworlds
GCST2630
Senior Unit/Table A
Consumer Cultures
24
S2 MECO2603
Senior Unit/Table A
Public Relations
ASNS2670
Senior Unit/Table A
Mass Media in East Asia
ARIN2610
Senior Unit/Table A
Web Transformations
DECO2102
Senior Unit/Table B
Web Design and Technologies
24
3rd Year S1 MECO3606
Senior Unit/Table A
Advanced Media Writing
MECO3603
Senior Unit/Table A
Media, Law and Ethics
ARIN2640
Senior Unit/Table A
Games and Play
GCST2605
Senior Unit/Table A
Race and Representation
24
S2 MECO3602
Senior Unit/Table A
Online Media
MECO3605
Senior Unit/Table A
Media Globalisation
ARIN2630
Senior Unit/Table A
Digital Arts
GCST2612
Senior Unit/Table A
Youth and Youth Culture
24
4th Year S1 MECO3673
Senior Unit/Table A
Research Methods
GCST3604
Senior Unit/Table A
Using Cultural Theory
GCST3630
Senior Unit/Table A
Everyday Life: Theories and Practices
ARIN3610
Senior Unit/Table A
Technology and Culture
24
S2 MECO3671
Senior Unit/Table A
Media and Communications Internship
MECO3609
Senior Unit/Table A
Critical Practice in Media
ARIN3620
Senior Unit/Table A
Researching Digital Cultures
GCST3604
Senior Unit/Table A
Using Cultural Theory
24
            196
        MECO Compulsary units Digital Cultures major  
        Cultural Studies major Breadth  

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communication) majoring in Government and International Relations

In this example the student has chosen to combine their studies in media and communication with a major in Government and International Relations, focusing on Australian politics. Rather than taking a second major they have given breadth to their degree by taking a number of units from a number of disciplines to broaden their understanding of the Asia-Pacific region.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 MECO1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Media Studies
HSTY1089
Junior Unit/Table A
Australia: Conflict and Transformation
WRIT1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Writing and Rhetoric: Argumentation
GOVT1101
Junior Unit/Table A
Australian Politics
24
S2 MECO1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Media and Communications Landscapes
MECO1003
Junior Unit/Table A
Principles of Media Writing
AMST1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Global America
GOVT1104
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Political Science
Junior German 2
24
2nd Year S1 MECO2601
Senior Unit/Table A
Radio Broadcasting
MECO3601
Senior Unit/Table A
Video Production
EUST2005
Senior Unit/Table A
Institutions of the European Union
GOVT2111
Senior Unit/Table A
Human Rights and Australian Politics
24
S2 MECO2603
Senior Unit/Table A
Media Relations
ASNS2670
Senior Unit/Table A
Mass Media in East Asia
ASNS2665
Senior Unit/Table A
Understanding Southeast Asia
GOVT2114
Senior Unit/Table A
The Australian Political Party System
24
3rd Year S1 MECO3606
Senior Unit/Table A
Advanced Media Writing
MECO3603
Senior Unit/Table A
Media, Law and Ethics
USSC2602
Senior Unit/Table A
US Politics: Elections, Presidents, Laws
GOVT2112
Senior Unit/Table A
Modern Political Thought
24
S2 MECO3602
Senior Unit/Table A
Online Media
MECO3609
Senior Unit/Table A
Critical Practice in Media
GOVT2603
Senior Unit/Table A
Media Politics and Political Communication
GOVT2116
Senior Unit/Table A
Australian Foreign and Defence Policy
24
4th Year S1 MECO3673
Senior Unit/Table A
Research Methods
MECO3605
Senior Unit/Table A
Media Globalisation
ASNS2661
Senior Unit/Table A
History of Modern Indonesia
GOVT2991
Senior Unit/Table A
Political Analysis
24
S2 MECO3671
Senior Unit/Table A
Media and Communications Internship
CHNS2614
Senior Unit/Table A
Understanding News About China
GOVT2119
Senior Unit/Table A

Southeast Asia: Dilemmas of Development
GOVT3994
Senior Unit/Table A
Research Preparation
24
            196
        MECO Compulsary units Government major  
          Breadth