Journalism, Media & Communications

Communicate ideas and tell stories through the media.

Every day, we use media to tell stories and communicate information that is central to contemporary life, through a variety of channels and technology. Media enables us to understand politics and culture, provide entertainment and knowledge, and empower social and environmental change.

Our Media program gives you access to wide range of changing media fields, the skills and adaptability in production and technologies, and provides real-world experience through internships, placements and exchanges.

Why study Media?

Studying Media at the University of Tasmania gives you access to a range of exciting and still emerging careers in film, television, journalism, radio, marketing and advertising, strategic communications, media research and events management.

Supervised by academics and expert technical staff, you will leave with a portfolio of work to take to industry, and the confidence that comes from completing internships in local, national and overseas settings.

With a strong reputation in Media research, we offer a variety of postgraduate research courses that will develop your advanced research knowledge and skills. You will leave with a portfolio of work to take to industry, and the confidence that comes from completing internships in local, national and overseas settings.

Read more about our Study Options

CAREER PROFILE

Lucy Breaden
News Reader, WIN Television

"I absolutely love sitting in front of the camera and reading the news every night. I have to admit, I never thought that I would be lucky enough to have that job. I feel like I’m one of the luckiest people in the world."

Career Options

Our graduates work in diverse career fields that value media literacy and industry knowledge. These include advertising and marketing, corporate communications and public relations, online news and news media, business and management, environmental media and advocacy, film and television, radio, foreign affairs, law and criminal justice, local, state and federal government, not-for-profit and charities, publishing, research, teaching, and tourism.

  • Advertising creative director
  • Art director and copywriter
  • Announcer, broadcaster, presenter
  • Author
  • Campaigner and campaign manager
  • Documentary maker/producer
  • Editor
  • Events manager
  • Film production crew
  • Media and market researcher
  • Media adviser
  • News producer
  • Public relations consultant
  • Publishing
  • Photojournalism
  • Political and policy adviser and analyst
  • Science communicator
  • Screen and media entrepreneur
  • Social media content creator
  • Sports writer and presenter
  • Teacher
  • Travel writer or travel book editor

CAREER PROFILE

Damien McIver
ABC Reporter

"You find things about the world and you get to tell a story about it… that's the most rewarding thing.

The staff at the University were really encouraging and they brought a range of expertise and experience that really helped aspiring journalists like myself to get a foothold in the industry."

Study Options

In the Media program you are able to study in our specialisations: Screen, News and Journalism, Strategic Communications, and Media Practice and Analysis. All major areas feature a customisable production minor working with industry from the second year, giving you a portfolio a real-world projects before graduation.

The Media program is unique in that you are able to focus your studies directly within the Media School, or complete any complementary major university wide to diversify your skills in a particular area of interest.

Study with us – apply in one of our courses listed below.

Your learning experience in Media goes beyond the lecture and tutorials.

You will be taught by experts, and gain perspective from guest lecturers and forums; gain a competitive advantage with real-world experience prior to graduation; study abroad for a fortnight, a month, a semester or a year, as part of your degree; have options to complete your studies your way, whether on-campus, online, part-time or full-time;  pursue your passion or specialisation with a range of scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance programs, or meet your career goals with our pathway options.

Our Media program offers exciting opportunities for students to engage in workplace experience and to build a professional portfolio, while being mentored by seasoned practitioners.

Placements and internships provide students with the opportunity to critically reflect on the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout their studies. The experience also enables students to build a network of peers and industry contacts, and assists in the transition from university to industry and career preparation. The program has connections with a range of local and interstate industry providers, including print and broadcast media, PR agencies, government departments, and private and not-for-profit organisations.

For more information on Media placements and internships contact Arts Student Central or the unit co-ordinator Dr Katrina Clifford.

The Faculty of Arts, including the School of Social Sciences and Media, offers a growing collection of units that are available to be completed either wholly or partially online* to enable flexible study.

* The online availability for each unit is indicated on each individual unit page under ‘Availability’, then ‘Attendance options’ by the ‘Off-Campus’ icon .

Read more about Online Study options for other study areas available at the Faculty of Arts

As a student of Social Sciences both the University and the School provide access to a variety of scholarships and bursaries at a University, Faculty and Discipline level. The main application period begins in August, and closes on the 31st October the year prior to study commencing.

Browse Faculty Scholarships

The Faculty also offers a financial assistance program for students wishing to undertake In-Country Programs.

In-Country Program Faculty assistance and mobility grants

Don't meet the traditional entry requirements? The School of Social Sciences offers an alternative entry pathway into our undergraduate programs. The Arts pathway is a great introduction into university study, and can assist you in gaining the qualifications and experience you need for your chosen career. This foundation year of study provides students with the skills and knowledge related to studying the arts and social sciences, with additional support and guidance to help you succeed.

Whether you intend to study a Bachelor of Media, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Science, completing this year of foundation study in Bachelor of General Studies (Arts Pathway) (X3A) will assist you in achieving your goals.

Read more about Access, Participation and Partnerships at the University of Tasmania

An overseas study program gives you the opportunity to experience different cultures, study languages, undertake work placement or internships, make new friends and explore the world while receiving credit toward your degree. It provides a 'total immersion' experience in a variety of study areas and locations. You can choose a program length that suits you, from a 1-week fieldtrip, a short-term summer program to a full semester (or two).

Journalism, Media & Communication Specific Opportunities

Read more about our other In-Country Programs, International Exchanges and other Overseas Study opportunities through the Faculty of Arts

International Exchange Opportunities for Journalism, Media & Communications Students

Students studying Journalism, Media and Communications are encouraged to spend a semester or two studying on international exchange. Our partner institutions include some leading journalism and media courses of Europe and the US. Financial support and loans may be available.

For Journalism, these include:

For media and political studies, we also recommend:

Leading North American universities in the field include:

In Asia, partner institutions include:

Full list of exchange partners and more information

The WorldRep Double Degree Exchange Program

The WorldRep exchange program brings together leading journalism and media programs in Australia and Europe to provide undergraduate journalism students with access to intensive one-year study programs that complement and build upon their home institution study.

Successful students from UTAS will participate in the 'Europe in the World' course – an opportunity to live and study in two different countries and to focus on European affairs. The program offers generous financial support to successful applicants.

See further information regarding the WorldRep program (and the 'Europe in the World' course) at Exchange for UTAS Students - The WorldRep program or email info@worldrep.eu.

Study Abroad

We also welcome international students on exchange to UTAS.

Each course and unit is linked to its own page with more detailed information on the Courses & Units website.

Undergraduate

* Below are all units available to study in 2017. The introductory units reflect changes to unit offerings due to the advent of the new Bachelor of Media that begins in 2017. The intermediate / advanced units below reflect the existing student study options. Intermediate / advanced units in the new course will be available from 2018. For lists of units potentially available in 2018 and beyond, see relevant course pages.

Introductory

Semester 1

Semester 2

Intermediate / Advanced

Semester 1 & 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

Honours

Our Honours program provides students with an advanced exploration of Media.

Comprised of specialised core units and a research thesis or project, study at the honours level introduces skills and methods involved in independent research.

Postgraduate

With our Postgraduate Coursework programs you can develop your professional knowledge and expertise into a qualification. Study options are available both online and on campus, and part-time.

Take your passion for ideas further than you ever imagined.

We offer a collegial, supportive environment, with experienced supervision, regular seminar series, research skills training, and many opportunities to work with peers and academics on your areas of interest. We supervise across a range of methodologies and conceptual/theoretical approaches, and encourage scholarship that draws on ideas from across diverse fields.

Choose a research topic that reflects your interests and identify a supervisor with the expertise to guide you in your research. Search for a discipline staff member via our staff profiles, or by their area or expertise through the University Research page.

The School of Social Sciences welcomes qualified applicants for higher degrees by research to study with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please contact the Graduate Research Office, or go to:

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

Research

Our research in Media focuses on media and consumption, crime, transnational media flows and the environment. This research complements our extensive experience as journalists, political correspondents, broadcasters and in strategic and corporate communications.

Our work is published in leading journals and by top-tier academic presses. We have access to an international network of researchers, and members of our team have received prestigious research grants and fellowships.

We welcome proposals from qualified applicants for higher degrees in research in PhDs and Masters, and are pleased to discuss research proposals that cross disciplines, including law, science, business, economics, journalism, geography and environmental studies, education and health sciences.

Read more about our research


Featured Researcher | Dr Michelle Phillipov

Michelle Phillipov is an expert in media and communications. Her work is concerned with the meanings we derive from cultural representations and practices. She is exploring how the media is shaping our relationship with food, and in particular, what this means for food producers.


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