Bachelor of Media Communication

Get the professional and practical skills you need to work in media and communication industries

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Bachelor of Media Communication

Explore the new media landscape with us, specialise in journalism, media, screen or digital humanities and graduate with a portfolio ready for your new career. Take advantage of one of the best media facilities in an Australian university.

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Our three year Bachelor of Media Communication responds to the increasing global demand for graduates with a deeper understanding of the role of media in contemporary social, cultural and economic life, and well-developed professional skills in communication.

What will I study?

The Bachelor of Media Communication is all about flexibility. You can tailor the course to your interests by choosing your specialisation, and free electives. In your third year, you can choose to either undertake an internship, or take on a major project in your area of interest.

Core study

Gain media communication fundamentals & foundation skills through ‘hands on’ problem based learning in the core study units.

What are the great media challenges of our time? How should we approach them? Learn how to critically analyse and think strategically about how to tackle today’s problems as well as those that lie ahead.
The evolving digital landscape requires you to be fluent in a variety of areas including video production, broadcasting, news reporting, advertising and social media. In this unit you'll combine critical skills in digital literacy with practical skills in media production to develop your overall digital knowledge.
Media communications professional project
A major collaborative media project, co-produced by you in collaboration with other students and a community partner organization, using facilities in the Monash Media Lab.
OR
Media communication internship
An individual industry internship – a work experience-based project jointly defined by a host partner organisation and the unit coordinator, undertaken in Australia or internationally.
Specialisations

There are four specialisations to choose from. If you’re not sure which to pursue, you can start with two specialisations in first year, and make a decision in second year.

Digital humanities is where technology, IT, humanities and virtual design intersect. We are the first university in Australia to offer digital humanities as both a major and specialisation. It’s a field that is growing exponentially overseas, leading to exciting new roles in new media, big data, digital archiving and other areas which are yet to be defined.

You’ll learn how to talk about the humanities and social sciences using technology such as 3D modelling, game design, augmented reality and digital storytelling. You will be at the forefront of this exciting new field.

Robust and accurate journalism is essential for a democratic society. You’ll be prepared for professional practice with advanced skills in research and communication, and develop knowledge across the full range of production technologies, including digital, print, video and audio.
You’ll become a true media expert in today’s fast-evolving world. Build skills and knowledge in media research, management, communication and policy. You’ll examine digital and social media, and the ways they have transformed broadcasting, print media, and other more traditional media forms.
You’ll look at the Australian, Asian and European film culture, through to Hollywood and its institutions. You’ll examine the power and influence screen has to share stories, and its ability to influence and change society. You’ll also develop practical video production skills relevant to a broad range of media platforms.

Free electives

There are eight free electives in the course. That means you will have the flexibility to take units from another discipline within arts (such as music or a language) or from another faculty (such as business, science or IT).

These electives will complement your specialisation and add breadth to your skill set, making you stand out from your peers.

Learn in a professional media environment

With our new purpose-built media labs, you’ll have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work in a professional media environment right on campus! Experiment with different kinds of technology – from working in live and post-production TV studios, to the latest radio broadcast facilities.

Graduate with a portfolio that will make you stand out

Employers want graduates who can talk to clients from all over the world with confidence – who can think, analyse, present and interact – and they want to see examples of how you demonstrate these skills.

Our emphasis is on practical experience and work-ready skills, so much so that you will be building a portfolio of real work throughout your course. These could be projects like a documentary, a short film, or a digital marketing campaign, depending on your interest area. The result is tangible pieces of work you can take out and show to potential employers.

In your final year you'll have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge with either an internship or professional project.

If you are interested in gaining valuable work experience, you can apply for an internship through our extensive network of industry partners. Our size and scale gives you access to opportunities all around the world, from working with a multinational in the UK or an NGO in India, to a government department in Australia.

The internship runs over four weeks in the final year of your course. It will give you the opportunity to build networks and make contacts for your career development. Many of our graduates go on to work in the companies they interned at.

OR

If you prefer to pursue a creative project, you can choose the professional project option. This is a major project you produce in collaboration with other students and a community partner organisation.

It’s your opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills you gain through the course, and use the Monash Media Lab facilities to produce a unique piece of work such as a documentary, film, video series, website, installation or multimedia asset. The project will contribute to your portfolio of work, setting you up for your career.

Learn from the experts

Learn from people who are the leading experts in their field, and are connected to industry. Our teachers are researchers but they are also practitioners who understand the media landscape and what employers are looking for.

Deb Anderson

Dr Deb Anderson is a lecturer in Journalism and has been a journalist and subeditor with The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Her recent research looks at how people experience natural disasters like cyclones and floods.

“My research is done in rural places, wild places – asking people to share their oral history, often over several years. I’m interested in how people tell and retell stories of their experience of extreme weather, and how these stories are shaped by (among other things) place, identity and class.”

Tom Chandler

Dr Tom Chandler is a senior lecturer and researcher within the Faculty of Information Technology.

Tom teaches 3D modelling and animation and multimedia, and his research explores the interdisciplinary application of 3D modelling and virtual world building.

He coordinates projects running from archaeology (the Visualising Angkor Project), anthropology and biology through to industrial design and neuroscience.

Therese Davis

Associate Professor Therese Davis is Director of the Bachelor of Media Communication and a lecturer in Film and Television Studies.

Therese is a senior researcher known internationally for her work in Australian and Indigenous cinemas.

Her long-standing interest in the relationship between media theory and practice is reflected in both her innovative practice–based teaching and collaborative research on film production and audiences.

Andy Ruddock

Dr Andy Ruddock is a lecturer in Communications and Media Studies and his research focuses on media audiences and users, the politics of popular culture, and mediatization.

“I really enjoy the fact that my research and teaching gives me the space to figure out how a lot of the things that I learned as an undergraduate history major, help us to understand today’s media culture”.

Be career ready

Find out where Media and Communications study at Monash has taken some of our recent graduates….

Skills you will graduate with....

 

A critical edge: Up to date knowledge + a high level of media literacy
Professional skills: Job ready with skills like collaboration, leadership, and an understanding of ethical and legal considerations
Technical proficiencies:  Up to speed with the professional standard in technical skills and platforms
Adaptability: Adapt to a range of media platforms & content styles
A portfolio &/or work experience: Essential to opening doors in media communication industries
Global perspectives: Ability for global thinking

Study options

Double degrees

Double degrees allow you to extend your expertise across two different fields and broaden your career. Available double degrees: Bachelor of Media Communication and Bachelor of Business; Bachelor of Media Communication and Bachelor of Design.

Study overseas

We believe there’s no better way to understand a culture than to immerse yourself in it. Monash Arts offers unparalleled overseas study opportunities, more than any other university in Australia. And, we’re so keen for you to go, that we’ll offer financial assistance.