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This program structure applies to students commencing from 2019. If you commenced prior to 2019 please consult the Handbook for the year in which you started.

The Bachelor of Media (Communication and Journalism) equips you to become an effective and ethical communicator within today’s media industry. You will learn multi-platform storytelling techniques, developing diverse professional skills, from creating digital communication strategies to producing audio-visual news stories. Not simply skilled up as a writer, you are also encouraged to become an influential, entrepreneurial and strategic communicator able to take a leadership role, tackle complex issues, and participate in a global industry. During the program, you will be immersed in the professional cultures of contemporary production and engage with emerging communication practices. This program will also encourage you to look for novel and agile ways to produce and evaluate media texts in these domains. You will reflect critically upon how vocational skills operate within, and are mediated by, political, economic, mediatised and social discourses and the dynamics of industry, governments, markets, consumer cultures, valuing regimes and society. When you graduate you will be a creative producer and analyst of a wide range of current and emerging communication and journalism practices.

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. It 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.



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

UAC Code




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Program Structure

Students must complete 144 UOC as a standalone program.

Depth Component:

  1. 60 UOC of Communication and Journalism core and prescribed electives
  2. 36 UOC of Media Studies prescribed electives

Breadth Component:

  1. An optional home minor of 24 UOC (four courses)
  2. 12 UOC of Free Electives (two courses)
  3. 12 UOC of General Education (two courses)


  1. An optional external minor of 24-36 UOC (four to six courses) selected from the list of UNSW BA approved external minors*
  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.


  1. 12 UOC of Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Electives (two courses)
  2. 24 UOC of Free Electives (four courses)
  3. 12 UOC of General Education (two courses)

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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 complete 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.

Maturity Requirements

You must have completed 24 UOC before taking any Level 2 courses.

You must have completed 66 UOC before taking any Level 3 courses.

Academic Writing & English Enhancement Courses

ARTS2050 Academic Writing for the Humanities (6 UOC) and HUMS1005 Personalised English Language Enhancement (6 UOC) are recommended. These courses can be counted as Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives or Free Electives.

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Progression Requirements


University Medal

Award of Pass with Distinction

Program Fees

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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