Bachelor of Media and Communication (A3M)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 10 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 3 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your studies online. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.
From our 24-hour news cycle and endless streaming services to social media posts building brands and inspiring social change, media and communication connect every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Being able to make media and understand its role in culture and society opens doors to a wide range of exciting careers.

Our island campus of Tasmania is the start of your journey. The Media School is uniquely co-located with leading media organisations in Hobart. You will bump shoulders and share facilities with practitioners from news, communications and other screen organisations. Outside, you’re a short walk from Parliament House, the courts, museums, galleries and performance spaces, and Hobart’s docks, which are the world’s scientific gateway to Antarctica.

From day one, you will begin building a professional portfolio. You will get your hands on industry-standard equipment and be encouraged to take risks and learn from experience with the support of industry practitioners  and lecturers. Our degree provides several units to design and produce projects, such as documentaries, podcasts or brand communication so you graduate with a portfolio of work to show future employers.

Behind-the-scenes, our teaching staff are pursuing world-leading research in areas, including environmental communication, and working as award-winning broadcasters, journalists and filmmakers. Through these connections, you can meet with visiting thought-leaders through The Media School Seminar Series or find the perfect industry placement.

Through access to exclusive creative collaborations with Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre and Performance students you will build close creative networks, test working relationships, and leverage your accomplishments to generate future opportunities. Find yourself working with Tasmania’s unique festival scene, creatively solving real client briefs, or soaking up inspiration together on a field trip overseas.

Media and communications graduates are sought by many industries looking for people to tell their stories and communicate their ideas. Your degree has the added flexibility to choose units from across the University, so you can develop complementary skills in creative writing, music, photography, design, and marketing or explore enhance your understanding in international relations and politics, or the blue and green sciences.

  1. Explain key concepts and debates in media and communication studies.
  2. Analyse and evaluate media texts, industries, and audiences theoretically from local and global perspectives.
  3. Employ a range of communication skills in the production of media content and in workplace practices including the appraisal of your own and others’ work.
  4. Synthesise analytical and research skills in media and communication studies to identify and address problems in relation to the impact of media and communication on society and culture in diverse local and global contexts.

Career outcomes

The ability to make, analyse and research media opens doors to a wide range of creative and exciting occupations across all industries. These are some of the top careers projected to grow in the next five years.

9.2% Multimedia specialists

21.7% Advertising and Marketing professionals

15.8% Public Relations professionals

ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Media and Communication requires the completion of 300 credit points, including:

  • 200 credit points of media and communication core units and;
  • 100 credit points of Elective units or a 100 credit major from the schedule.

In your media and communication core you will complete 75 credit points at Introductory level, 75 credit points at Intermediate level, and 50 credit points at Advanced level.

In your Elective component you are able to choose from any units which you meet the pre-requisites for, at any level, from across the university. To explore the units available, go to the Course and Unit Handbook search.

You can also complete a major in your elective space from other courses in the University.

You will need to complete all 75 credit points of Introductory core units. Normally, you would complete your introductory units before attempting Intermediate units.

This unit introduces you to the principles, practices and theories of public relations and places the profession in its societal and media contexts. You will become familiar with public relations writing and develop skills in gathering, organising and presenting information.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

From film and television to computers and smart phones, media and screen culture has evolved in the twenty-first century to being a ubiquitous feature of daily life. This unit introduces you to the complex and diverse relationships between media texts and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The shift from mass communication to mass self-communication is one of the most important shifts in recent human society. Mobile communication networks allow us to produce and share content like never before which is challenging and changing our notions of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

From the newsroom to the live stream, the news industry combines top-level communication skills with the ability to evaluate and synthesise knowledge for large audiences. In this unit, students are introduced to both the theoretical and practical dimensions of the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

We often hear that media industries are in decline. However, as this unit will demonstrate, what we are actually seeing is a profound reshaping of new and old media industries in response to shifts in the media landscape. In this…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The ability to produce screen content is becoming increasingly valued in today's media environment. This unit introduces you to the key concepts, methods and practices of screen production. You will gain hands-on experience in filming and recording sound, editing, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will need to complete all 75 credit points of Intermediate core units. Normally, you would complete your intermediate units ibefore attempting Advanced units.

Collaborative work is integral to working in and with the creative and cultural industries. This unit encourages you to take supported creative risks and introduces you to work-integrated learning methods and practices. Students and staff will propose creative projects that…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The connection between technology and culture has never been greater. Screen, digital media, and networking platforms are changing the practices and forms of expression that represent and reflect culture and society. By investigating the production, use and circulation of various…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines the storytelling tactics and strategies associated with the design and communication of brand narratives. The unit addresses the ways in which, in the changing media environment, brand narratives are now communicated via social networks and key 'influencers'…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces you to the key elements of writing for film, television and digital media across all genres. You will be taken through the process of developing a script from conception through to pre-production. You will learn about working…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will develop your media production skills, gain hands-on experience with media equipment, and produce work that will contribute to a portfolio completed over the course of the Media Projects Minor. With technical support, industry mentorship, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will develop your media production skills, gain hands-on experience with media equipment, and produce work that will contribute to a portfolio completed over the course of the Media Projects units. With technical support, industry mentorship, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In your advanced units you will complete all 37.5 credit points of Core units and choose 12.5 credit points from the available Creative Curriculum units. If you wish to complete additional Creative Curriculum units, you can choose these as part of your Electives.

Core

Power describes the capacity of an individual or group to influence the opinions, decisions and actions of others. This unit explores the role of media in the communication of power in society and, importantly, the counter-movements that challenge power. In…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will develop your media production skills, gain hands-on experience with media equipment, and produce work that will contribute to a portfolio completed over the course of the Media Projects units. With technical support, industry mentorship, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will develop your media production skills, gain hands-on experience with media equipment, and produce work that will contribute to a portfolio completed over the course of the Media Projects units. With technical support, industry mentorship, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Creative Curriculum

This work-integrated learning unit will provide you with an opportunity to be guided and supported in undertaking a public creative work. As a member of a team, you will be provided with a brief. Your team’s response will be guided…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartWinter school
LauncestonWinter school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Responding innovatively to a client-initiated briefs is a critical part of working in the creative and cultural industries. This unit fosters collaborative, responsive interaction with internal and external partners and your peers. Introducing a range of interdisciplinary frameworks, this unit…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit offers you the opportunity to undertake supervised fieldwork in an area of media studies. You will develop your understanding of the changing media environment and your ability to map media cultures. You will also be introduced to methods…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will be assigned to a work placement in a government, private, or not-for-profit organisation approved by the University. As part of your internship you will, where opportunity allows, contribute to the production, publication and presentation of creative content, while…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartWinter school
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonWinter school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will complete 100 credit points of Elective units in the Bachelor of Media and Communication.

Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from across the University in areas such as Health, Business, Science and the Creative Arts. Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional Creative Curriculum units or related fields.

You can also use your Electives to complete a major from other courses, such as the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Science.

To search for possible Elective units, use the Unit Search tool to search by the discipline that you are interested in. You can complete any units marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for.

We want your study experience with us to be as smooth as possible and we know that choosing from lists and lists of electives can sometimes be overwhelming!

The guides and links below are presented to help you navigate all of these options and find the electives that are best for you.

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Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

Domestic Applicants

Domestic Applicants who have recently completed secondary education

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. This is a new course for 2021. We anticipate that the lowest ATAR that will receive an offer for this course in 2021 will be 50.

Applicants who have recently completed senior secondary studies but have not received an ATAR may still be eligible for admission. We will consider your individual subject results on a case-by-case basis when we assess your application.

For all other majors, please refer to Alternative entry pathways below.

Domestic applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

  • Partially completed an undergraduate course at Diploma level or higher (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed at least two units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points). If an applicant has failed any units the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made; or
  • Completed the UTAS University Preparation Program (or an equivalent qualification offered by an Australian University).

Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed a Certificate IV (or equivalent) in any discipline.

Domestic applicants with work and life experience

Applicants without senior secondary, tertiary or VET / TAFE study can complete a personal competency statement.

Applicants may be eligible for an offer if they have relevant work and / or life experiences which demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

Special consideration

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors, including economic hardship, serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

International applicants

Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2021 Total Course Fee (international students): $99,244 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $31,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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