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Media and Communications

The Department of Media and Communications is part of the School of Letters, Art and Media.

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. Students will explore these areas through a diverse array of disciplinary perspectives and relevant critical theories. They will develop professional skills in the fields of print, radio, video, online media and media relations. In the fourth year of their study, students will undertake an industry internship. The degree will equip 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 a major
For a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), students must complete the following:

  • 192 credit points over four years of full-time study.
  • The degree consists of 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.

Refer to the Table of Media and Communication units of study for available units in the current year.


An honours program is also available in Media and Communications. Acceptance into the program requires an average of high credit 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 not available.

Refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy for Honours:

Contact/Further Information

Department website:

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

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