Media and Communications

Welcome to Media and Communications at UNE! Are you interested in digital media, advertising and news, the television industry, national and international film and television, documentaries, rhetoric and public affairs, professional and creative writing, publishing and editing, and more?

You can study flexibly with us: on-campus or off-campus, full-time or part-time.

Why study Media and Communications at UNE?

If you're an on-campus student, we have small group classes as well as lectures, which encourage constructive interaction with staff and fellow students. UNE offers a vibrant campus life, with sporting facilities and cultural activities.

If you choose to study off-campus, you will find that we have an outstanding online study program, which is evident in the fact that most of our student body chooses to study this way. The units for off-campus study are provided online, with comprehensive materials and support from staff who are skilled and experienced in online teaching and e-learning.

Media and Communications is an exciting academic field that is relevant to many employment areas and personal interests.

In this field, you can explore:

  • Digital media
  • Interactive entertainment and gaming
  • Internet studies
  • Advertising and news
  • Television programming and industry
  • National cinemas, including Australian feature film
  • Documentary in film and on television and the web
  • Rhetoric and public affairs
  • Film, gender and popular culture
  • Children's media, animation, film and television
  • Convergences of print, audiovisual and electronic media
  • Professional and creative writing
  • Publishing and editing
  • Writing for the web

You could also participate in the Work Integrated Learning Program by enrolling in a WORK300 or WORK500 unit. In these units you will be able to apply your academic knowledge and develop professional skills relevant to your course of study to assist with gaining employment.

Undergraduate courses

If you wish to specialise in this field, the logical choice is the Bachelor of Media and Communications.

  • In the Bachelor of Media and Communications, you can do a major in either 'Media and Culture' or 'Writing and Publishing'.
  • There is some common ground between these two majors. Media and Culture focuses more on film studies, television studies, and digital media; while Writing and Publishing includes more units on creative, media-based and professional writing.
  • Completing one of these majors constitutes just over half the total number of units in your degree.
  • For the rest of your program, you may choose further units from within the Media and Communications area, and/or take units from other discipline areas that complement your major and suit your personal or career interests.
  • These other discipline areas include those within the School of Arts – English, Theatre Studies, Languages, and Music – and subjects such as History, Political Studies, Psychology, Marketing, Sociology and more, which are offered by other Schools.

Alternatively, you may include media and communications as part of another degree, such as the Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of International Studies.

  • For example, you could choose from majors in 'Screen and Media Studies' or 'Writing' in the Bachelor of Arts.

As well, units in media and communications can simply be taken as electives within many other degrees, according to their course rules.

Students who have completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Screen at the New England Institute of TAFE, Armidale, may articulate with advanced standing to the Bachelor of Media and Communications, majoring in Film and Television Production.

Bachelor degrees

For Bachelor Honours see under postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate Diplomas

Postgraduate courses

Media and communications can also be studied at postgraduate level in coursework or research programs.

Bachelor Honours

Find out more about Honours

Postgraduate coursework

The media and communications field is part of several UNE postgraduate coursework programs.

In the coursework Master of Arts, there are majors in Media and Communications and in Writing. Units in this area may also be taken as electives if you study a different major.

Postgraduate research

Higher degree research may be undertaken in Media and Communications at UNE, either by traditional thesis or in creative practice.

Find out more about Higher Degree Research


The following is a general list of the units from the School of Arts that contribute to the media and communications area. Please note that more specific information about the unit requirements for particular courses and majors is available on the Course and Unit Catalogue.

Introductory level units

These units are offered every year:

  • COMM101 Screen Media
  • COMM102 Media Convergence and Culture
  • COMM103 Creative Industries and Communications
  • WRIT101 The Craft of Academic Writing
  • WRIT102 Storytelling and Genre Writing

Advanced level units

Undergraduate units here are at the 300 level; postgraduate units are at the 500 level.

Normally, each unit on this list is offered once every two years. This arrangement allows us to offer a wider range of units overall.

Project-based units

that may count towards media and communications, with staff approval

  • ARTS301 Research and Professional Practice
  • ARTS302 Research and Professional Practice II
  • ARTS501 Arts Research and Professional Practice
  • ARTS502 Dissertation Unit
  • WORK300 Work Integrated Learning - Professional Skills Development
  • WORK500 Work Integrated Learning - Professional Skills Development

Graduates in the field of media and communications are dynamic and flexible, using their talents in a large range of careers. These include:

  • advertising and communication strategist
  • administrator
  • announcer
  • broadcasting producer
  • broadcasting sales
  • corporate writer
  • editorial assistant
  • film critic
  • journalist
  • market research analyst
  • media analyst
  • media programmer
  • news writer/editor
  • office manager
  • policy analyst
  • presenter
  • promotions manager
  • public relations assistant
  • public relations officer
  • publisher
  • reporter
  • research worker
  • sales manager
  • speech writer
  • technical writer
Partnerships and networks

Further Information

For more information please contact: AskUNE