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Communications & Media

Reach and influence people with ideas and stories

In this increasingly connected and digital world, self-driven communicators with media skills and experience are in demand. When you study communications and media at UOW, you'll gain skills to communicate with different audiences for different purposes, to produce and present engaging, informative and timely stories.

 

Belong to one of the best

Our communications and media degrees rank among the best in the world:

  • The best in NSW/ACT: The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2020 as the top university in New South Wales and the ACT for undergraduate Communications.
  • Top 200 in the world: The 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject ranked UOW in the top 200 in the world for Communications and Media Studies.
  • Number 1 in NSW: The federal government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019 ranked employers’ overall satisfaction with UOW graduates at 89.6% (84.3% national average), placing UOW 1st among NSW universities and 2nd nationally among public universities. 

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Develop the specialist skills that employers want.

The Bachelor of Communication and Media allows you to choose your specialisation with:

  • Common undergraduate first year: Bachelor of Communications and Media students have the chance to try all study areas before selecting a major in second year.
  • Five majors: Choose to major in Digital and Social Media, Global Screen Media, Journalism, Marketing Communication and Advertising and Visual Communication Design.
  • Choose more than one: The undergraduate program allows you to specialise in a particular field, or combine complementary specialisations in a double degree.

The Bachelor of Journalism is a specialist degree to prepare you for a dynamic career in journalism with:

  • In-depth, hands-on training in journalism
  • Converging media (audio, video, web, mobile)
  • Digital communication
  • Multimedia storytelling.

Study close to home:

No matter which UOW campus you choose, you become part of one big community of learning. Selected UOW Bachelor of Communications and Media courses are offered at UOW campuses located in:

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Be at the forefront of technology:

  • Hands-on learning: You decide what to work on, and you are in charge of your own media projects.
  • Purpose-built facilities: A brand new UOW communications and media hub will house specialised facilities including:
    • a professional video production and media studios
    • vocal booths
    • radio studios edit suites
    • a media centre/ newsroom.
  • Design studios and maker spaces: Available for animation, interactive media, 3D printing and prototyping.

 

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Developing well-connected future leaders:

  • Internships: Complete an internship with a reputable news or media organisation to put your knowledge into practice.
  • Build your portfolio: You will graduate with a portfolio of work and experience informed by up-to-date industry knowledge that you can present to future employers and clients.
  • Practical skills: From day one you will work on live projects. You will be pitching ideas, creating content, researching needs and designing solutions. You will enter the workforce as an independent, entrepreneurial, multi-skilled individual.

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A degree from UOW opens doors:

  • Access to experts: learn from experts about the ethical challenges and new opportunities driven by changing technologies.
  • Get noticed: Enter local and international creative design competitions.
  • Travel: Take part in an international exchange program, short course or internship.

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Number 1

UOW ranks number one in NSW and the ACT for undergraduate Communications.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2020

Become one of the world's most employable graduates

At UOW, you'll develop real-world practical skills and content, not just theory. The latest QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey ranked employers’ overall satisfaction with UOW graduates at 89.6%, placing UOW 1st among NSW universities.

We know that work is changing. In times of change and disruption, employers across a wide range of industries look for skilled and experienced communicators who know how to work across platforms, and who understand the media landscape. Here is just a sample of careers you can pursue:

  • Advertising
  • Communication specialist
  • Content development
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate
  • Communications
  • Digital publishing
  • Editor
  • Event coordinator
  • Feature writer
  • Global communications
  • Government

 

 

  • Market reseach
  • Media management adviser
  • Media strategy and planning
  • Journalist – print/television/radio/photo/online
  • Public relations
  • Publicity officer
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Social media manager
  • Tourism officer

Read more: What can I do with my degree? 

 

Meet Alice

I loved taking photos, I loved writing, I loved creativity and it seemed to all come under the umbrella of journalism. In my degree I got to go to Mexico for six months. When I came back to uni one of my teachers set me up with an internship at the ABC, and it all went from there. I’m working to help people better understand this warped world and, in understanding it, empower them to make it a better place.Alice Bachelor of Journalism & Bachelor of Arts (Spanish)

Create new experiences

Jake is studying a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies (Dean's Scholar). He wants to understand how people interact with the world and use technology as a catalyst for social change.

ALUMNI STORIES

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Study in the home of innovation

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Multimedia & performance hub

This facility will provide complex and highly technical creative spaces to support innovative teaching and research practices and allow students to acquire cutting-edge professional-level skills and experience to work in the real world.

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Centre for Critical Creative Practice

UOW communications research explores the influence of digital and screen media on culture, and provides context for informed 21st century practice.

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iAccelerate

iAccelerate is UOW's unique business accelerator and incubator program. The centre has the most innovative minds, creative ideas and entrepreneurial vibe that make it a unique place to start your business and scale it.

At UOW, you'll be on the forefront of future industries. Discover how you can follow your passions and influence others.

Follow your passions

A degree in communications and media will allow you the freedom to be creative, to express yourself, and to tell important stories. UOW lecturer Dr Renee Middlemost, and student Casey Evans share how following your passions can lead to a versatile career.

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