Department of Media and Communications
First established as a teaching program in 2000, the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney is a collegial, collaborative and diverse group of teachers and researchers. Our staff are highly qualified, drawing on practical and industry experience and connections and knowledge of their respective fields. We’re interested in exploring our changing media culture, bridging theoretical and practical approaches to the media, and enhancing public debate about media and communications issues. As well as exploring the history, theory and practice of different forms media and communication, and their professional and cultural contexts, we are interested in key questions such as: how can we communicate ethically, what it means to communicate in across cultures and in global contexts, and the role of media in society and culture.
The interdisciplinary beginnings of communications and media studies can be traced back to critical theory, sociology, audience research, literary theory, language studies, economics and political science. Media and communications has grown into an established scholarly area with a special interest in skills for communication (writing, editing, organising, strategic and critical thinking, and different forms of production), but also the questions presented by different forms of so-called 'traditional' media and communication (radio, TV and video, the press and magazines), online media (the internet, web and mobile phones), organisational and strategic communication.
Our research is nationally and internationally recognised in fields including strategic and cultural communication, and journalism. Our teaching extends across digital media production, public relations, journalism, and media, cultural and communications theory.
We offer a four-year undergraduate degree, professional postgraduate coursework programs and postgraduate research degrees.
The Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) offers both an excellent general education in the liberal arts and social sciences and a broad vocational preparation for entry-level positions in the media and communications industries. There is an industry internship in the final year, and high-achieving students interested in research and advanced media production may take an additional Honours year. Students are encouraged to undertake at least one semester of international study. Today, our graduates can be found in every sector of the media and communications industries both in Australia and overseas.
At postgraduate coursework level there is a range of options. Master degrees in Media Practice, Strategic Public Relations, Publishing, and Health Communication are all one-year (full-time) programs and are also offered at Graduate Diploma (6 months-1 year) and Graduate Certificate (6 months) levels.
These internationally focused degrees offer both intellectual rigour and vocational preparation, oriented to those who have found themselves dealing with or working in the media, or are considering a career change. Individuals who do not have an undergraduate degree but do have three to five years of professional experience may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in the first instance, with a prospective option to continue to the Masters qualification. Core units teach journalistic and public communication skills, communication and media theory, and legal and ethical knowledge, while elective units can be selected from Australia's oldest and largest Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Prospective students can either follow suggested pathways or tailor a flexible program to their own interests and ambitions. Students come to us from a diverse range of countries, including Australia, the People's Republic of China, Korea, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, as well as Latin America and Africa. Graduates of these programs today are working in media and communications organisations all over the world. Our staff are approachable, multicultural and multilingual.
The department has a continuing commitment to maintaining the highest standards in teaching and research, and attracts postgraduate research students from a wide variety of nations and cultures. Look at our research student pages to see the range of thesis topics of our current research students and our staff page to view their specialist research and publications.