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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  • 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

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 dual mode, you will complete: 1. 36 UOC of Media Studies core and prescribed electives 2. 60 UOC of Communication and Journalism core and prescribed electives If 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 streams 2. 12 UOC of Free Electives (two 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

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

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank


2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma


2018 QLD OP


How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents 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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Annual Tuition 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 pay 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 will increase each year of your period of study (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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