Course summary

Students in the Bachelor of Media have the opportunity to develop the essential critical and practical skills required for work in a variety of media industries such as film, television, newspapers, radio, advertising, public relations and graphic design, or to work as journalists, freelance producers or media consultants.

Through industry placement and project units, students develop skills in networking, collaboration and project management.

Students have had their work published in a variety of regional, national and international publications and our graduates have worked with numerous media organisations including APN News and Media, ABC Radio and TV, SBS TV and News Limited.

This degree has strong links to the vibrant creative industries of the North Coast of NSW and beyond. Graduates are critical and creative thinkers, able to quickly adapt to new technologies. They are entrepreneurial and imaginative and ready for work in the digital media industry. 

Students in the Bachelor of Media have the opportunity to develop the essential critical and practical skills required for work in a variety of media industries such as film, television, newspapers, radio, advertising, public relations and graphic design, or to work as journalists, freelance producers or media consultants.

Through industry placement and project units, students develop skills in networking, collaboration and project management.

Students have had their work published in a variety of regional, national and international publications and our graduates have worked with numerous media organisations including APN News and Media, ABC Radio and TV, SBS TV and News Limited.

This degree has strong links to the vibrant creative industries of the North Coast of NSW and beyond. Graduates are critical and creative thinkers, able to quickly adapt to new technologies. They are entrepreneurial and imaginative and ready for work in the digital media industry. 

Screen enables students to creatively, critically and technically immerse themselves in the screen culture of the 21st century, across digital video, animation, online media and film studies. Students can choose from a range of units that focus on screenwriting, video production, film theory and analysis, gaining valuable industry experience and essential skills in emerging media forms.

Journalism prepares students for a range of professional writing careers. Emphasis is given to quality content and analysis, situating journalism within a political and global framework, while also equipping students with basic technical and software skills that enable them to be new media practitioners in a rapidly evolving industry. The Journalism major also allows students to work in online and real-world environments and prepare broadcast quality materials.

Media Design equips students with key skills in graphic and multimedia design. It combines contemporary media theory with practical study that prepares students to address design issues from creative, commercial, technical and conceptual perspectives. Students work on real-world projects, both individually and collaboratively, applying design thinking and visual communication principles to find innovative design solutions. This major enables students to become competent practitioners in an ever-changing media environment.

Media and Society considers how and why we communicate with one another, and provides students with the knowledge and skills to become media practitioners who are sound critical thinkers and collaborators in the era of media convergence. The central concern of this major is the critical analysis of media’s influence on society and the individual. A wide variety of existing and emerging media forms are examined as elements of cultural and social processes, and students become familiar with the roles that television, cinema, journalism, advertising, radio, online and cross-media forms play in shaping and reflecting contemporary life.

Students can also select a major from the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Social Science.

University-wide majors are also available in this course. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Analyse, interpret and evaluate issues, texts, sources and problems through creative, critical and reflective thinking in Australian and global media contexts.

Creativity

Conceptualise, initiate, develop, deliver and promote industry-standard outcomes across a range of traditional and emerging media forms.

Ethical practice

Apply an understanding of ethical values and practices to media production and analysis, and professional practice.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a broad, integrated command of knowledge of media industries, theories and practices in Australian and global contexts

Lifelong learning

Work independently and collaboratively on media projects in response to project demands.

Demonstrate the ability to self-direct and evaluate their own learning, and make a confident transition to professional life.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate the ability to communicate and collaborate with individuals, and within teams, in professional media and community settings.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness of diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives in professional practice.

The degree includes a compulsory professional placement unit at the closing stages of the course. This unit enables students to undertake practical workplace experience within media organisations. Work experience is encouraged and students have worked on a variety of local and national industry projects and events, at radio


Course overview

Course code

3007084

Course abbreviation

BMedia

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 333103 053041
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $19,680 ($2,460 per unit) 048910K

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award Bachelor of Media degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
    2. one eight (8) unit specialist major listed in Part B of the Schedule; and
    3. another major from Part B of the Schedule; or a University-wide Major; or eight (8) elective units or an eight unit major from the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Science.
  2. To be eligible for the award of the Associate Degree of Media a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising:
    1. twelve (12) units from Part A or Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
    2. four (4) elective units.
  3. A candidate who, while enrolled for the Bachelor of Media, has completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Media may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Media following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Media Degree.
  4. To be eligible for the award of Diploma of Media a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units comprising any unit from Parts A or B listed in the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
  5. A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Media, has completed the requirements for the Diploma of Media may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Media following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Media Degree.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM00446 - The Big Picture: Global Media Introductory
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
COM10110 - Visual Communication and Design Introductory
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory

Part B


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Caught in the Web: Designing for the Digital Space Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
COM00446 - The Big Picture: Global Media Introductory
COM10082 - Film Studies: Cinema, Culture, Context Intermediate
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
COM01402 - Act One: Screenwriting Intermediate
COM10112 - From Page to Production: Essential Screen Skills Intermediate
Choose either a second major or 8 electives option
First Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Second Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 2, Year 2
COM10113 - Visions of Light: Making Music Video Advanced
Third Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Fourth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Fifth unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 1, Year 3
CAR10503 - Arts Industry Studies Intermediate
COM00456 - Animation Theory and Practice Intermediate
Choose 1 from:Screen Major Option
Sixth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 2, Year 3
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
Seventh Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Eighth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Caught in the Web: Designing for the Digital Space Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
COM00446 - The Big Picture: Global Media Introductory
ART10275 - Digital Photography I Introductory
Choose either a second major or 8 electives option
First Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 1, Year 2
COM00481 - The Fourth Estate: News Journalism Intermediate
COM10081 - True Stories: Factual Media Intermediate
1 unit from: Journalism Major Option
Second Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 2, Year 2
COM00482 - Hot Topics: Feature Journalism Intermediate
Third Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Fourth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Fifth unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 1, Year 3
COM00461 - Making Radio: Production Essentials Intermediate
1 unit from: Journalism Major Option
Sixth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Seventh Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 2, Year 3
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
COM10111 - Online Journalism Intermediate
Eighth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Caught in the Web: Designing for the Digital Space Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
Session 2, Year 2
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
COM00446 - The Big Picture: Global Media Introductory
ART00630 - Design Introductory
ART10275 - Digital Photography I Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
ART10094 - Digital Art and Design I Intermediate
COM10112 - From Page to Production: Essential Screen Skills Intermediate
Choose either a second major or 8 electives option
First Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Second Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 2, Year 2
COM00455 - Online Media Design Intermediate
1 unit from: Media Design Major Option
Third Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Fourth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 1, Year 3
CAR10503 - Arts Industry Studies Intermediate
COM00456 - Animation Theory and Practice Intermediate
Fifth unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Sixth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
Seventh Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Eighth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major

Title Level of learning Note
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
Choose your Part B major
First unit from: Part B Major
Second unit from: Part B Major
Session 1, Year 2
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Caught in the Web: Designing for the Digital Space Introductory
Third unit from: Part B Major
Fourth unit from: Part B Major
Session 2, Year 2
COM00446 - The Big Picture: Global Media Introductory
Fifth unit from: Part B Major
Sixth unit from: Part B Major
Choose either a second major or 8 electives option
First Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 1, Year 3
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
Seventh unit from: Part B Major
Eighth unit from: Part B Major
Second Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 2, Year 3
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
Third Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Fourth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Fifth unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 1, Year 4
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
Sixth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Seventh Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Eighth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Caught in the Web: Designing for the Digital Space Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
COM00446 - The Big Picture: Global Media Introductory
COM10082 - Film Studies: Cinema, Culture, Context Intermediate
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
Session1, Year 2
COM00447 - The Rebirth of Frankenstein: Media and New Technologies Studies Intermediate
COM00481 - The Fourth Estate: News Journalism Intermediate
COM10081 - True Stories: Factual Media Intermediate
1 unit from: Media and Society Major Option
Session 2, Year 2
1 unit from: Media and Society Major Option
Choose either a second major or 8 electives option
First Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Second Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Third Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 1, Year 3
Fourth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Fifth unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Sixth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Seventh Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major
Session 2, Year 3
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
SOY10114 - Independent Project Advanced
Eighth Unit from: 2nd Part B Major OR University-wide majors OR University Wide Elective OR Part B BA Major OR Part B BSocSc Major