Media and Communications

The Department of Media and Communications is part of the School of Letters, Art and Media. It is the host department for the Media and Communications and Digital Cultures subject areas.

About Media and Communications

The Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) is an interdisciplinary degree offered at both pass and honours levels. The ‘media and communications’ component of the four-year Pass degree offers students professional training in the main areas of media production and an advanced education in the history and theory of the field.

Core units of study focus on digital media production and consumption, the structure of the media and communications industries, the media's role in culture and politics, globalisation and legal and ethical issues in the field. You explore these areas through a diverse array of disciplinary perspectives and relevant critical theories and develop professional skills in the fields of print, radio, video, online media and media relations. In your fourth year of their study, you will undertake an industry internship.

The degree equips students for entry into areas such as print, broadcast and online journalism, international communications, media regulation and public policy, media and public relations and corporate communications. The four-year structure of the Pass degree also qualifies students to apply to those programs in the United States that require a four-year undergraduate degree.

Requirements for the degree

For the Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), you complete the following:

  • 192 credit points over four years of full-time study.
  • 78 credit points in core Media and Communications compulsory units of study (18 credit points from junior units of study and 60 credit points from senior units of study listed in this subject area, including an internship in the fourth year)
  • a major from Table A and further elective units of study which may add up to an additional optional major from either Table A or B of this Handbook, or a Marketing major from the Sydney Business School.
Sample student pathway through the Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)
Sample pathway - Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)
Year 1 S1

Junior MECO unit

MECO1001

Junior unit Junior unit Table A major junior unit
S2

Junior MECO unit

MECO1002

Junior MECO unit

MECO1003

Junior elective unit Table A major junior unit
Year 2 S1

Senior-intermediate MECO unit

MECO2601

Junior elective unit Junior elective unit Table A major senior unit
S2

Senior-intermediate MECO unit

MECO2603

Senior-advanced MECO unit

MECO3601
Senior elective unit Table A major senior unit
Year 3 S1

Senior-advanced MECO unit

MECO3603

Senior-advanced MECO unit

MECO3606
Senior elective unit Table A major senior unit
S2

Senior-advanced MECO unit

MECO3605

Senior-advanced MECO unit

MECO3602
Senior elective unit Table A major senior-advanced unit
Year 4 S1

Senior-advanced MECO unit

MECO3671

Senior-advanced MECO unit

MECO3672
Senior elective unit Table A major senior unit
S2

Senior-advanced MECO unit

MECO3609
Senior elective unit Senior elective unit Table A major senior unit
Honours

An honours program is also available in Media and Communications. Acceptance into the program requires a Credit average or above in senior units within the completed BA (Media and Communications). In the Honours program, students are expected to attend weekly Honours seminars and also attend Departmental seminars. All students will submit a thesis of 18,000-20,000 words on an approved topic, with a research proposal submitted to the Honours Coordinator by December of the year prior to enrolment. Additional assessments will focus on research design, methodology and critical readings undertaken in first semester. Mid year enrolment is not available. Part time enrolment is available with permission from the honours coordinator.

Refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy for Honours: sydney.edu.au/handbooks/arts/rules/faculty_resolutions.shtml

Please note: from 2015 the minimum requirement for entry into Honours will increase to an average of 70%.

Contact/Further Information

Department website: sydney.edu.au/arts/media_communications/

Undergraduate Coordinator: Dr Alana Mann
Phone: +61 2 9351 2249
Email:

Honours Coordinator: Dr Megan Le Masurier
Phone: +61 2 9351 3628
Email: