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 $20,720 ($2,590 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
    4. a University-wide Major; OR
    5. 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
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World 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
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Caught in the Web: Designing for the Digital Space Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
1st Screen Major unit: COM10082 - Film Studies: Cinema, Culture, Context Intermediate
2nd Screen Major unit: SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
1st Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
3rd Screen Major unit
4th Screen Major unit
2nd Second Major OR University Wide Elective
Year 2, Session 2
5th Screen Major unit
6th Screen Major unit
3rd Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
4th Second Major OR University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 1
7th Screen Major unit
8th Screen Major unit
5th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
6th Second Elective OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 2
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
7th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
8th Second Major or University Wide Elective unit

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Caught in the Web: Designing for the Digital Space Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
1st Journalism Major unit: COM00481 - The Fourth Estate: News Journalism Intermediate
2nd Journalism Major unit: ART10275 - Digital Photography I Introductory
1st Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
3rd Journalism Major unit
4th Journalism Major unit
2nd Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 2, Session 2
5th Journalism Major unit
6th Journalism Major unit
3rd Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
4th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 1
7th Journalism Major unit
8th Journalism Major unit
5th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
6th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 2
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
7th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
8th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Caught in the Web: Designing for the Digital Space Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
1st Media Design Major unit: ART00630 - Design Introductory
2nd Media Design Major unit: ART10275 - Digital Photography I Introductory
1st Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
3rd Media Design Major unit
4th Media Design Major unit
2nd Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 2, Session 2
5th Media Design Major unit
6th Media Design Major unit
3rd Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
4th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 1
7th Media Design Major unit
8th Media Design Major unit
5th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
6th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 2
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
7th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
8th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 2 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 2 and so on.
Year 1, Session 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
Please refer to selected Part B Major course progression for first two units.
1st Part B Major unit
2nd Part B Major unit
Year 2, Session 1
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Caught in the Web: Designing for the Digital Space Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
3rd Part B Major unit
Year 2, Session 2
4th Part B Major unit
5th Part B Major unit
1st Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit Note 1
2nd Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 1
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
6th Part B Major unit
7th Part B Major unit
3rd Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 2
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
8th Part B Major unit
4th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
5th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 4, Session 1
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
7th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
6th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
8th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
COM00439 - Theory in Practice: Issues in Media Studies Introductory
COM10110 - Caught in the Web: Designing for the Digital Space Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
1st Media and Society Major unit: COM00481 - The Fourth Estate: News Journalism Intermediate
2nd Media and Society Major unit: COM10082 - Film Studies: Cinema, Culture, Context Intermediate
3rd Media and Society unit: SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
4th Media and Society Major unit
5th Media and Society Major unit
1st Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
6th Media and Society Major unit
7th Media and Society Major
2nd Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
3rd Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 1
8th Media and Society Major unit
4th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
5th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
6th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 2
COM10628 - To Be Continued: Media Project Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
7th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
8th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit

Notes

Note 1: If you wish to complete a Second Major from Part B please advise the Student Advice Team via email to enquiry@scu.edu.au so your study plan can be appropriately amended.

Unit groups