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This program structure applies to students commencing prior to 2019.

If you are commencing from 2019 please refer to program 3454 Media (Communication and Journalism)

The Bachelor of Media (Communication and Journalism) [UNSW BMedia (C&J)] will provide you with foundational and applied skills, knowledge and capabilities in professional communication and journalism. It will prepare you to be effective producers and analysts of a wide range of communication practices, informed by a solid understanding of media theory. Relevant career pathways include journalism, corporate and organizational communication, public sector communication and public relations. While specialising in Communication and Journalism, you will also be immersed in the culture and philosophy of media studies through your courses in the media core. In Single mode, you will also be able to complete a minor stream chosen from a wide range of subject areas

Level 1 and 2 courses cover contextual knowledge of communication and journalism, and practical and theoretical skills in text production and analysis. As you proceed into Level 3, the program expands and deepens your knowledge and understanding of these skills through application to contemporary communication contexts, requiring demonstration of the ability to situate, produce and evaluate effective communication texts.

The UNSW BMedia (C&J) aims to prepare you for a leadership role in the thoughtful application of communication skills to the professional and journalistic domains, informed by a solid understanding of media theory. In this program you are not simply skilled up as writers, but you are also encouraged to become, influential and strategic communicators able to tackle complex issues by drawing on your integrated practical and theoretical expertise. You will become immersed in the current cultures of contemporary media text production and are encouraged to engage with emerging communication practices in both print-based and participatory online media, and to look for novel ways to produce and evaluate texts in these domains.

Graduates will have expertise in a range of foundational communication skills, but more importantly, will be able to contribute to, evaluate and intervene in emerging practices, enabling them to take leading roles in these rapidly changing industries.



Study Level


Typical duration

3 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Pass


Bachelor of Media - BMedia



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Program Structure

Students must complete 144 UOC as a standalone program.

  1. Media Core (12 UOC)
  2. Communication and Journalism Core (36 UOC)
  3. Prescribed Media Elective (24 UOC)
  4. Prescribed Communication and Journalism Electives (24 UOC)
  5. Breadth component (48 UOC) as follows:
  • 24 UOC Home minor
  • 12 UOC of Free Electives
  • 12 UOC of General Education


  • 24-36 UOC External minor
  • 12 UOC Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Electives
  • 0-12 UOC Free Electives


  • 12 UOC Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Electives
  • 24 UOC Free Electives
  • 12 UOC of General Education

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Optional Minors

Optional Minors description.

You may substitute the Prescribed Arts and Social Sciences Electives and/or Free Electives for an optional minor from the list of UNSW BA approved home or external minors.

If you are completing an External Minor you will complete 24-36 UOC in the minor and by doing so also meet the 12 UOC General Education requirement of the single program.

Prescribed Communication and Journalism Electives

Prescribed Communication and Journalism Electives description.

You must take 24 UOC of the following courses.

Maturity Requirements

You must complete at least 24 UOC before enrolling in any Level 2 courses.

You must complete at least 66 UOC before enrolling in any Level 3 courses.

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Progression Requirements


University Medal

Award of Pass with Distinction

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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