Undergraduate

Communication and Media Studies

Communication and Media Studies is one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of study in today's media-driven world.
3
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

Graduates are highly sought-after in areas such as content creation, journalism, advertising, marketing, public relations, multimedia production, public administration, UX design, analysis, government and education. Our recent graduates have gone on to succeed in government, corporate and political communication roles, journalism, film production, media research, marketing, public relations, strategic communication, public service, teaching, event management and promotions, information management, campaign management, web design, game design, professional photography and a wide range of other rewarding careers. 

Graduates are highly sought-after in areas such as content creation, journalism, advertising, marketing, public relations, multimedia production, public administration, UX design, analysis, government and education. Our recent graduates have gone on to succeed in government, corporate and political communication roles, journalism, film production, media research, marketing, public relations, strategic communication, public service, teaching, event management and promotions, information management, campaign management, web design, game design, professional photography and a wide range of other rewarding careers. 

This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

This major lays the foundation for further study at honours and postgraduate level such as a Master of Strategic Communication, Master of International Relations or a Master of Commerce.
This major lays the foundation for further study at honours and postgraduate level such as a Master of Strategic Communication, Master of International Relations or a Master of Commerce.

Fees and scholarships

Fees for this course are currently being finalised, refer back to this page in the coming weeks as more information will be made available then.

For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page.

You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.
Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


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Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2020
$9,094.47
Typical Fee Range - 2020
$6,684.00 - $11,155.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2019
$93,300.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$95,100.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Explore your interest in the ever-changing worlds of digital media, social media, journalism, video making, interactive media and games, while perfecting your ability to express, persuade and argue. This major provides you with practical training in communication and digital media skills alongside essential theoretical knowledge, to teach you how to be an effective and powerful communicator.  

About the course

Contemporary communication tools are transforming the way we think about our identities, relationships and communities, from language to screen, and from emoji to social networks. 
Communication and Media Studies

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 12-15 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-CMMST
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Communication and Media Studies
Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 12-15 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-CMMST
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWBPH
  • UWART
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education - Arts

Top 6 skills you will gain through this major

  • Creative expression
  • Persuasion
  • Team work
  • Collaboration
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Media production

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Put theory into practice

Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.

Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

Popular combinations

Why study this course?

  • Gain sought-after skills in creativity, problem solving, teamwork, project management and persuasion
  • Learn to use the latest digital and multimedia tools
  • Become a versatile, creative and responsible communicator
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Andrew Wong

Work integrated learning

  • COMM3002 Media Production Project: Students undertake supervised, collaborative, studio-based work, creating a project to be delivered at a public showcase and ultimately become part of their portfolio.  
  • COMM3003: Designing Play: Students are tasked to design a play experience, generally a board game, to a professional standard.  
  • COMM3004: Journalism and Strategic Communication: Students develop portfolios of journalistic and professional strategic writing. 
  • COMM3901 TV and Video Production: This unit offers students an intensive three-week study in video production and television studio work, using state-of-the-art facilities at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. Students learn the finer points of studio editing and production in a working television studio.  
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take WILG2001 – which encompasses a professional placement in a workplace for university credit. 

Facilities & equipment

Multimedia Centre

Why take a second major

  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed transferable skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.
  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.
  • Study your passion alongside your interests – Do you love Marketing? Law? History of Art? Pursue a career while studying something else you love! Your second major can be from any other faculty across the university.
  • No additional time – Choosing two majors instead of one won’t add any additional time to your undergraduate degree. A standard bachelor degree consists of the same amount of units either way.
  • Discover what you want to do while you’re doing it – Not sure what career you want when you graduate? It’s very common for undergraduate students to be unsure. Choosing two majors in different areas will give you the opportunity to explore multiple interests and see what fits best. Majors can be switched until the end of your first year without adding any time onto your degree.

Check out the popular combinations for this major to get some inspiration on complementary areas to study.

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Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

You'll learn to

  • engage in creative, critical and reflective thinking, and be able to express yourself eloquently and effectively
  • use a range of production tools
  • work collaboratively to manage complicated tasks and produce media content to professional standards
  • develop a critical understanding of cultural and ethical implications associated with media and communication

Aaron D'Cruz

Aaron D'Cruz
COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES

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Film funding for alumni

Two UWA Communication and Media Studies graduates, Hannah Ngo and Mason Fleming, successfully applied for $80,000 in production funding in the 2019 SBS/Screenwest Scripted Short-Form Content Initiative. Their 16-minute short film titled ‘TRIBUNAL’ will premiere on SBS On Demand.

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