Media and Communications

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 29k / Academic year(s) Deadline: Jan 31, 2022
StudyQA ranking:535 Duration:4 years

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The Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) degree offers you an exciting combination of academic excellence and professional training in media and communications. Our degree links practical training in media writing; radio, video, online media production; and media relations; with a scholarly and critical education in media and communications theory and practice. 
You will acquire a broad array of skills that are tailored to meet the needs of the media and communications industries, and you are not required to specialise in a particular media area. Therefore, our flexible degree structure enables you to continue with your studies in the humanities and social sciences, and/or languages and still remain enrolled in Media and Communications. 
The degree encompasses a host of diverse and expanding industries that will offer you exciting national and international employment opportunities. You will graduate with the skills required for entry into areas such as print, broadcast and online journalism, international communications, media regulation and public policy, media and public relations.
Students have undertaken internships in a variety of areas, including competitive national and international journalism placements, public relations and advertising agencies, national television and radio and major print and online media. This practical work experience in your chosen field of interest can give you a definite edge over other graduates as you seek professional employment after graduation.

For the Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), you complete the following:

  • 192 credit points over four years of full-time study
  • 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 University of Sydney Business School.

Junior units of study

Core

MECO1001
Introduction to Media Studies
6   

Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only 
Semester 1
MECO1002
Media and Communications Landscapes
6   

Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only 
Semester 2
MECO1003
Principles of Media Writing
6    N MECO2002 


Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only 
Semester 2

Senior units of study

Core

MECO2601
Radio Broadcasting
6    P 18 Junior credit points from Media and Communications units 
N MECO2001 


Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only 
Semester 1
MECO2603
Public Relations
6    P 18 Junior credit points from Media and Communications units 
N MECO2003 


Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only 
Semester 2
MECO3601
Video Production
6    P 18 Junior credit points from Media and Communications units 
N MECO3001 


Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only 
Semester 2
MECO3602
Online Media
6    P MECO2601 and MECO3606 
N MECO3002 


Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only 
Semester 2
MECO3603
Media, Law and Ethics
6    P 6 Senior credit points from Media and Communications 
N MECO3003 


Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only 
Semester 1
MECO3605
Media Globalisation
6    P 12 Senior credit points from Media and Communications 
N MECO3005 


Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only 
Semester 2
MECO3606
Advanced Media Writing
6    P 6 Senior credit points from Media and Communications 
N MECO3006 


Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only 
Semester 1
MECO3609
Critical Practice in Media
6    P 36 Senior credit points from Media and Communications 


Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only 
Semester 2
MECO3671
Media and Communications Internship
6    P 30 Senior credit points from Media and Communications including MECO3603 
N MECO3701 or MECO3702 


Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm/BLaws) students only. Students may not enrol in MECO3671 prior to the second semester of their 3rd year.
Semester 1
Semester 2
MECO3673
Research Methods
6    P 18 Senior credit points from Media and Communications  Semester 1

Honours

MECO4011
Media and Communications Honours A
12   

Mid year enrolment is not available. Part time enrolment is not available. Students from other institutions may be accepted into the program, and are requested to provide samples of previous academic work as well as a proposal. Please contact the Honours coordinator, ideally by early November in the year prior to intended enrolment.
Semester 1
Semester 2
MECO4012
Media and Communications Honours B
12    C MECO4011  Semester 1
Semester 2
MECO4013
Media and Communications Honours C
12    C MECO4012  Semester 1
Semester 2
MECO4014
Media and Communications Honours D
12    C MECO4013  Semester 1
Semester 2
  • IELTS: A minimum result of 7.5 overall and a minimum result of 7.0 in each band
  • TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 615 overall including a minimum result of 5.0 in Writing TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 105 overall including a minimum result of 23 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 25 in Writing
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