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Media and communications

Join one of the most creative and innovative industries in the world
From publishing to broadcast, social media and public relations, this globally relevant sector boasts some of the world’s most recognisable, innovative and successful companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook.

Over the past decade, the media and communications industry has evolved rapidly. The rise of the internet and social media and the introduction of new technologies has transformed how we interact and communicate. This digital revolution has changed the media landscape and the way we do business and has led to a shift in traditional media roles. New skills are now required.

As a student with us, you will learn from globally recognised experts from our comprehensive media and communications degrees. We will equip you with the depth of knowledge and agility needed to thrive in today’s dynamic media environment.

Why study media and communications with us?

  • We are ranked 4th in Australia for media and communications.*
  • Some of our degrees offer student placements, allowing you to gain hands-on workplace experience with media organisations including Fairfax, ABC, SBS, public relations agencies and publishing houses. 
  • Enjoy practical learning in our fully equipped production facilities, with computer labs, television and radio studios. 
  • As an undergraduate student you can choose from our arts and social sciences majors as well as more than 100 majors from the University’s shared pool,  allowing you to gain expertise in a range of disciplines.
  • You can balance your workload with our flexible study options, such as part-time study for eligible students.**  
  • We offer a wide range of scholarships and prizes designed to recognise potential, assist those in need and reward high achievement.  
  • Join our community, which includes notable alumni such as Sydney Morning Herald journalist Eryk Bagshaw, Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Kip Williams and BuzzFeed reporter Laine Sainty. 

*QS World University World Rankings by Subject 2018

**Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.

Our study offering

Digital Communication and Culture provides a comprehensive platform from which to engage with digital technologies and their cultural contexts. You will develop a critical understanding of the following areas: aesthetics and politics of computer games and mobile media production; circulation of knowledge in the digital era; diverse meanings and operations of networks; and diverse forms of regulation of the internet.

Postgraduate

Digital Cultures critically investigates the internet, new media and digital technologies and examines the roles these play in contemporary life. Explore intelligent, interactive, mobile and networked technologies and become a skilled communicator and critical analyst of new technologies and digital media in Australian and global contexts.

Undergraduate 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.

Research

We encourage research that explores themes in digital communication and culture. We can supervise projects on themes such as social media; new media arts; social robotics; computer games; interactive entertainment and cultural aspects of new technologies.

Health Communication delivers core skills to help you become an effective communicator across health and medicine, public affairs, public relations, community relations, and public health journalism. Our unique health communication degrees are the most comprehensive and specialised of their kind in Australia, incorporating the expertise of academic staff in the School of Public Health. 

Postgraduate

Media and Communications will provide you with a broad array of skills tailored to meet the needs of this fast-changing landscape. Gain real-world experience in media writing, radio, video and digital media production, and media relations as well as a scholarly and critical education in media and communications theory and practice. 

Undergraduate

Research

For research students, supervision is available in many specialised media and communications fields, including communication technologies and digital cultures, literary and slow journalism, public and community broadcasting, media policy and regulation, strategic corporate communication, media literacies, media and youth culture, disability and the media, media relations, magazine studies, philosophy of communications, and cultural politics.

Media Practice focuses on media industry content production. Areas of study include writing for media, media liaison, broadcast and online journalism, social media communication, ethical and legal issues in the media, and international media practice.

Postgraduate

We will teach you the latest skills required for the dynamic world of book, magazine, digital and online publishing, including website production, design and marketing. You will receive professional training with direct vocational applications, as well as a scholarly understanding of publishing, its cultural significance and changing directions.

Postgraduate

Strategic Public Relations provides you with an understanding of public relations theory and practice. The course offers a critical approach that encourages you to determine your influence as a practitioner and reflect on how you, in turn, are influenced by dominant discourses and meta-narratives in your own practice.

Postgraduate

Where can studies in media and communications lead you?  

Studies across media and communications will open doors to diverse, creative and stimulating job opportunities in a range of fast-paced industries. Career pathways include:

  • Art director and producer 
  • Communications specialist
  • Copywriter 
  • Digital producer  
  • Editor and writer  
  • Event manager 
  • Journalist and reporter (print, online, radio, TV) 
  • Market researcher 
  • Marketing and advertising executive  
  • Media advisor  
  • Producer or programmer (TV, podcasts, radio)  
  • Public relations consultant 
  • Publisher
  • Roles in broadcasting, film and video  
  • Social media specialist  
  • Strategic planner 
  • UX designer and web developer 
  • Web content producer 

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Lucy Polkinghorne – Master of Media Practice graduate and Producer at Seven Network
“The on-camera training we had at Sydney in the studio was priceless in building confidence. I am now reporting and producing for Today Tonight. The media industry is so competitive and having a Master of Media Practice is definitely an advantage – I truly believe it got my foot in the door.”
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