This degree develops broad professional communication skills, teaching you to become an effective storyteller across a range of media platforms – from writing news articles to creating communication strategies. You are not only upskilled as a writer but also encouraged to become an influential and strategic communicator, able to tackle complex issues by drawing on your integrated practical and theoretical expertise. In addition to fundamental courses in media theory and practice, you will choose specialist electives from a range of communication, journalism and media courses, including public relations, writing for digital media, digital-media production and marketing. Graduates have expertise in a range of foundational communication skills and are able to contribute to, evaluate and intervene in emerging practices, enabling them to take leading roles in these rapidly changing industries.

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Indicative Enrolments



  • Art History and Theory
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Humanities
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies
  • Geography
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Indonesian Studies
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media
  • Modern Greek Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Core Courses

  • Media, Culture and Everyday Life
  • Media, Society, Politics
  • Media Industry Contexts
  • Analysing Media Communication
  • News Reporting
  • Multiplatform Journalism
  • Advanced Media Writing
  • Media Portfolio

Degree Structure

The UNSW BMedia (C&J) can be completed full-time in Single mode (normally 3 years), or in Dual mode (the equivalent of two years full-time study) or part-time. The basic requirements of the program are simple. The BMedia (C&J) has a depth component and a breadth component. If you are enrolled in Single mode you do both the depth and breadth component while in Dual mode you only complete the depth component.If you study in either the single or doublemode, you will complete:1. 36 UOC of Media Studies core and prescribed electives2. 60 UOC of Communication and Journalism core and prescribed electivesIf you study in single mode, you will also complete:1. An optional home minor stream of 24 UOC (four courses) selected from the list of UNSW BA approved home minor streams2. 12 UOC of Free Electives (two courses) which can be taken within or outside the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences3. 12 UOC of General Education (two courses) which must be taken outside of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Degree Handbook

Double degree options

  1. An optional external minor stream of 24-36 UOC (four to six courses) selected from the list of UNSW BA approved external minor streams*
  2. 12 - 24 UOC of Free Electives (four courses) including at least 12 UOC taken within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. *An external minor satisfies the 12 UOC of General Education required in the single program.

Please refer to the list of optional minors under "Area(s) of Specialisation”.

OR 1. 12 UOC of Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Electives (two courses) of any other courses offered from within Arts and Social Sciences 2. 24 UOC of Free Electives (four courses) which can be taken within or outside the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 3. 12 UOC of General Education (two courses) which must be taken outside of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dual mode is available only in 3475 International Studies/Media (Communication & Journalism), 3465 Music/Media (Communication & Journalism), 3466 Music (Honours)/Media (Communication & Journalism) and 4753 Media (Communication & Journalism)/Law.

Career Opportunities

  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Communications officer
  • Publisher
  • Digital marketer

Practical experience

Students in the Bachelor of Media in Communication and Journalism can gain relevant practical experience in a number of ways.

Opportunities include:

  • third year portfolio project or media internship
  • elective internship through the Arts & Social Sciences Vocational Placement (Internship) course
  • elective production courses from a wide range of faculties across UNSW, including Art & Design, Built Environment, Computing Science, and Engineering
  • use of advanced multimedia labs, digital video production, post production facilities, animation and audio studios for relevant courses

Overseas exchange program

You don't have to choose between overseas travel and study - you can do both! Spend a term overseas at a partner university and receive credit towards your Bachelor of Media degree at UNSW.

UNSW has over 200 partner universities in over 38 countries.


A year-long honours program is available for high achieving students in the Bachelor of Media in Communication and Journalism.

Honours is an intensive study program that provides the opportunity to engage in specialised research, to further develop analytical skills and expand your graduate options.

Entry requirements

2019 Lowest ATAR 1


2019 Lowest Selection Rank 2


2020 Guaranteed Entry 3


2019 A levels 4


2019 IB Diploma 5


2019 QLD OP 6


1. 2019 Lowest ATAR

The 2019 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

2. 2019 Lowest Selection Rank

The 2019 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019.

3. 2020 Guaranteed Entry

Find more information on Guaranteed Entry here.

4. 2019 A levels

Information on how A levels are calculated can be found here.

5. 2019 IB Diploma

The 2019 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019. It is to be used as a guide only.

6. 2019 QLD OP

QLD OP is an indication of the OP you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019. It is to be used as a guide only.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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Indicative First Year Fee


Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 1

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included.

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