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 features a unique blend of traditional arts and social sciences subjects with practical news production and media training. The degree links practical experience 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 ever-changing media and communications industries, with no requirements to specialise in a particular media area. Consequently, our flexible degree structure enables you to pursue wide-ranging interests through studies in the humanities and social sciences, and/or languages, while still gaining a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of Media and Communications.

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
Media 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
SCLG2610
Senior Unit/Table A
Science, Technology and Social Change
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
MECO3605
Senior Unit/Table A
Media Globalisation
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  

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, as well as 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, major print and online media outlets. This practical work experience in your chosen field of interest consolidates the theoretical aspects of the degree, and can give you a definitive edge over other graduates as you seek professional employment after graduation.

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  

With a dedicated internship coordinator and a well-established working history with such major media outlets as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Fairfax media, and numerous international media companies, the degree’s structured internships can help you establish professional networks and gain the essential skills for working in the media that can’t be taught in a textbook alone.

 Media and Communications units of study include
Core major
Media and Communications
Second major to be chosen from:
Possible third major to be chosen from those already listed or from majors available in other faculties:


SAMPLE DEGREE STRUCTURE

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2
MECO1001 INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA STUDIES MECO1002 MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS LANDSCAPES MECO2601 RADIO BROADCASTING MECO2603 MEDIA RELATIONS MECO3603 MEDIA, LAW AND ETHICS MECO3605 MEDIA GLOBALISATION MECO3671 MEDIA AND COMM INTERNSHIP MECO3609 CRITICAL PRACTICE IN MEDIA
TABLE A
JUNIOR UNIT
MECO1003 Principles of Media Writing TABLE A
JUNIOR/SENIOR OR TABLE B SENIOR UNIT
MECO3601 VIDEO PRODUCTION MECO3606 ADVANCED MEDIA WRITING MECO3602 ONLINE MEDIA MECO3673 RESEARCH METHODS TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
JUNIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
JUNIOR UNIT
TABLE A
JUNIOR/SENIOR OR TABLE B SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A
JUNIOR/SENIOR OR TABLE B SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A
JUNIOR/SENIOR OR TABLE B SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A MAJOR JUNIOR UNIT TABLE A MAJOR JUNIOR UNIT TABLE A MAJOR SENIOR UNIT TABLE A MAJOR SENIOR UNIT TABLE A MAJOR SENIOR UNIT TABLE A MAJOR SENIOR UNIT TABLE A MAJOR SENIOR UNIT TABLE A MAJOR SENIOR UNIT
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Each box represents one 6 credit point unit of study. This diagram is a sample structure only, and is based on a standard full-time progression over 4 years.

The core MECO units of study and semester offerings are subject to change.