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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


Erin Cooper
Bachelor of Media student

Erin Cooper, YouTube video

"Theory in media is really important, but increasingly as we go into the workplace we need to know lots of practical skills. This new facility lends itself really nicely to learning a lot of those practical things."

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
Environmental Reporter

Karl Mathiesen, YouTube video

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 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.

Interested in studying with us? Explore our course and research opportunities below.

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


The School of Creative Arts and Media is offering the below units in Media in 2020. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.


Semester 1

  • HEJ130 Media and Screen Industries
  • HEJ160 Writing Media: Stories and Content
  • HEJ001 The Photo Essay: An Introduction (11 Week Session April)
  • HAA106 Oral History (11 Week Session April)
  • KAA106 Introduction to Sustainable Literacies

Semester 2

  • HEJ140 Making Media: Filming, Editing and Design
  • HEJ150 Texts and Audiences
Intermediate / Advanced

Semesters 1 & 2

Semester 1

Winter School 

  • HEJ351 Field Trip in Media Industries, Practices and Cultures

Semester 2


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.

The School of Creative Arts and Media is offering the below units in Media in 2020. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Semesters 1 & 2

  • HEJ409 Honours Research Project A
  • HEJ410 Honours Research Project B
  • HEJ414 Topic in Journalism, Media and Communications

Semester 1

  • HEJ412 Researching Journalism, Media and Communications

Semester 2

  • HEJ419 Multiplatform Storytelling


  • HEJ415 Communication for Change


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.

The School of Creative Arts and Media is offering the below units in Media in 2020. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Semesters 1 & 2, and Winter

  • HEJ608 Journalism, Media and Communications Internship
  • HEJ706 Masters Research Project B

Semesters 1 & 2

  • HEJ705 Masters Research Project A

Semester 1

  • HEJ504 Media Writing
  • HEJ613 Understanding the Cultural and Creative Industries


  • HEJ509 Strategic Social Media

Semester 2

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 coordinator Dr Kathleen Williams.

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.

Browse Scholarships

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. 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).

Overseas Study opportunities at the College of Arts, Law and Education

Journalism, Media & Communication Specific Opportunities

International Exchange Opportunities for Journalism, Media & Communications Students

Students studying Journalism, Media and Communications 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.

In terms of funding your exchange, applications for UTAS Overseas Travel Scholarships for Sem 1 2018 close on OCTOBER 31, 2017. Another round open in May 2018 for Sem 2 2018 travel so keep a watch on the Scholarships page.

Also, there is generous specific funding available for exchange to Austria, Germany, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea, as well as other destinations. Check it out on the Student Mobility Finances web page.

The WORLDREP Double Degree Exchange Program

You may have heard of our unique WORLDREP double degree program with partners in Denmark and the Netherlands:

This program is coming to an end, however UTAS students still have access to learning abroad as exchange students with our WORLDREP exchange partners. You may choose to study with one of our partners in Denmark of the Netherlands or you may opt for one of the many overseas partner institutions listed on the Student Mobility website or below:


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

Study Abroad

We also welcome international students on exchange to UTAS.

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, please visit the Research Degrees web page.


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.