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Media and Communication

Media student taking part in an internship at Falls Festival, Marion Bay.

Why study Media and Communication?

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.

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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
  • Broadcaster, presenter
  • Campaign manager
  • Documentary maker/producer
  • Editor
  • Events manager
  • Film production crew
  • Media and market researcher
  • Media adviser
  • News producer
  • Public relations consultant
  • Publishing
  • Photojournalism
  • Policy adviser and analyst
  • Science communicator
  • Screen and media entrepreneur
  • Social media content creator
  • Sports writer and presenter
  • Teacher
  • Travel writer or editor
Karl Mathiesen, YouTube video

Karl Mathiesen
Environmental Reporter

As a journalist, my job is to grab someone and say, ‘I know your time is valuable but this is really important and it's something we can do something about’. It’s about waking people up to solutions."

Study Options

In the Media and Communication program you are able to study units across Screen, News and Journalism, Strategic Communications, and Media Practice and Analysis.

Through the Media production units and work-integrated learning opportunities with industry, you will graduate with a portfolio a real-world projects to take to employers.

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.

Interested in studying with us? Explore our courses

Each course and unit is linked to its own page with more detailed information at Courses & Units | Media.



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.


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.

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 UConnect or the unit coordinator Dr Erin Hawley.

The Aurora Project | Australian Government Internship Program

The overall aim of this Internship Program is to facilitate individual professional development by building career experiences and opportunities in the native title and broader Indigenous sector, and to strengthen the capacity of organisations by attracting and retaining talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous candidates. The Aurora Project prides itself on having a transformational impact on the organisations it supports and on the career aspirations of internship alumni.

The Aurora Project is focusing more on supporting improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates via Scholarship funded internships as pathways to jobs in Indigenous and Indigenous-sector organisations.

Applications are accepted from candidates with an academic background in the School of Social Sciences including Sociology; Social Work; Journalism, and Media and Communications, together with a range of other disciplines.

For more information, including how to apply, please download the Aurora Internship Program Flyer (PDF 125.7KB) or speak to your Course Coordinator. The Aurora Project is proudly funded by the Australian Government.

The School of Social Sciences and Media, as part of the College of Arts, Law and Education, 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 at the College of Arts, Law and Education

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

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The College also offers a financial assistance program for students wishing to undertake Short Term Overseas Study Programs.

Short Term Overseas Study Program College 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 Diploma of University Studies (Arts Specialisation) (21A) will assist you in achieving your goals.

Pathway Programs at the University

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 and creating professional and life experiences. 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 2-week fieldtrip, a short-term summer program to a full semester (or two).

Students studying Media at UTAS 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.

Find out more about Overseas Study opportunities

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 Creative Arts and Media welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, refer to College of Arts, Law and Education Research Degrees.



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 to undertake research degrees 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

Browse our academic staff profiles

Featured Project

Media Literacy Project, YouTube video

Helping young audiences to be critical of the content they consume

The ABC-UTAS Media Literacy Project will expand scholarly knowledge about media literacy and inform the production of more segments and features by the ABC which teach audience how to be critical of content they consume and build their knowledge and skills about how to participate. The focus will be on particularly on students aged 11 -16.