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This program structure applies to students commencing prior to 2019. If you are commencing from 2019 please refer to program 3583 Music/Media (Comms & Journalism).

The Dual award degree Bachelor of Music Bachelor of Media (Communication & Journalism) [BMus BMedia(C&J)] is a five-year program (full-time) that offers intensive pre-professional training in one of four streams: Music Creative Practice, Musicology, Sonic Arts and Music Pedagogy. All streams are supported by a variety of large and small, western and non-western music ensembles as well as extensive opportunities for developing musicianship skills.

The Bachelor of Media (Communication & Journalism) is designed to provide students with foundational and applied skills, knowledge and capabilities in professional communication and journalism. It equips students 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, students will also be immersed in the culture and philosophy of media studies through their courses in the media core. Students also access free electives that provide a more general education.


Study Level


Typical duration

5 Years

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit



Bachelor of Music - BMus

Bachelor of Media - BMedia

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Stand Alone Programs

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Double Degree Structure

Students must complete 240 UOC.

Bachelor of Music (144 UOC)
1. Musicology Core (42 UOC)
2. Musicianship Core (24 UOC)
3. Performance Laboratory Core (48 UOC for MCP major and 36 UOC for non-MCP majors)
4. Major Gateway Course (6 UOC - 1 course)
5. Major Courses (12 UOC - 2 courses)
6. Prescribed Music Electives (6 UOC for MCP major and 18 UOC for non-MCP majors)
7. General Education (6 UOC)

Bachelor of Media (Communication and Journalism) (96 UOC)
1. Media Core (12 UOC)
2. Communication and Journalism Core (36 UOC)
3. Prescribed Media Electives (24 UOC)
4. Prescribed Communication and Journalism Electives (18 UOC)
5. General Education (6 UOC)

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Prescribed Communication and Journalism Electives

3429 - Media (Comm & Journalism)

Prescribed Communication and Journalism Electives description.

You must take 18 UOC of the following courses.

General Education

3429 - Media (Comm & Journalism)

General Education Requirement

3465 - Music / Media (Comm & Journalism)

You will replace 6 UOC of Prescribed Communication and Journalism Elective with an approved GE course to meet 6 UOC of the GE requirement. The other 6 UOC is to be taken by replacing a Music elective with an approved GE course. This completes the 12 UOC GE requirement.

Academic Writing & Language Enhancement

3436 - Music

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

Specialisation Declaration

3436 - Music

You must specify your major at the time of enrolment into Level 2.

Maturity Requirements

3429 - Media (Comm & Journalism)

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.

Sample Double Degree(s)

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Program Fees

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Additional Information

Further Information
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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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