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Bachelor of Media

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324041

CRICOS 041717A

The Bachelor of Media provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for entry into the media industry. The degree has a focus on the latest developments in digital and interactive media and how these interact with traditional forms of media. Students are given the opportunity to specialise their skills through a variety of majors and elective courses. Creative media practices include writing, research and reporting, digital story-telling, radio production, and film/video production.

Students can choose to take an internship with a professional media organisation of their choice and gain crucial real-world experience in the workforce. These placementsare a collaborative venture between theUniversity and various media organisationsin the community. This internship is open toBachelor of Media students only.

Majors are available in Journalism, Marketing, Music, or Media Production* in Graphic Design, Game Art, Digital Production, Photographic Imaging, or Computer Graphic Imaging and Visual Effects.

*Media Production specialisations are studied in collaboration with the TafeSA Centre for Creative Industries. The centre houses a world-class, purpose-built digital design hub that provides students with the latest technologies relevant to studying their media major. Due to course prerequisites, midyear entrants may not be able to commence a digital production major until second year.

Please note: media majors are not available in double degrees.
  • Entry Requirements

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    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Apply through SATAC
    2016 CSP ATAR 65.1
    Adelaide Approved Score 70
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. GPAs earned from non-award study within the Faculty of Arts are also considered.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
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    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 041717A
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    A-Level 6
    UEC [Malaysia] 25
    SAT [US] 1120
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] [1] 70%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 65
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Bradford Foundation Program 70
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,625

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates have found successful careers in numerous roles. Potential careers are listed below.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    All Bachelor of Media students have the opportunity to take part in a Media Industry Placement as an elective toward their degree.  It is highly recommended for those who wish to enter the industry directly after completion of their undergraduate degree. 

    The placement allows students to gain work experience, and contribute toward a host organisation project.  Students should negotiate their own placements with organisations of their choice, after discussion with the Head of Discipline.  Proposed projects require sign-off by the Media Industry Placement Convenor and Head of School.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the Media Industry Placement does not clash with their other courses.   Students may elect to do the Placement during vacation time if staff are available to supervise them, and the host organisation and the University agree on a mutually acceptable time frame.

    Potential careers

    Market Researcher, Marketer / Marketing Manager, Brand Marketer, Columnist, Copywriter, Project Officer, Feature Writer, Film Director / Film Critic, Government Officer, Communications Officer, Electronic Publisher, Entertainment Industry, Lecturer, Art Director, Arts Administrator, Marketing Planner, Designer, Product and Advertising Manager, Project Manager, Public Relations Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Tourism, ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exhanges are available for Bachelor of Media students:
    > University of Oslo (Norway)  
    > Simpson College (US)
    > University of Massachusetts Amherst (US) 
    > University of Sheffield (UK)
    > Yonsei University (Korea)
    > City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    > Dalhousie University (US)  
    > Sciences Po Remis (France)

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation


    Marketing is a primary business function of any organisation and is the management process responsible for identifying customer needs and wants. The Bachelor of Media with a Marketing major allows students to understand the role of marketing within and between organisations. Students will gain a grounding in marketing theory, learn how to prepare marketing reports and plans, undertake a diagnostic case study, analyse advertisements in a variety of media, and apply market research as part of a group project that focuses on real world business problems.


    The Bachelor of Media with a Journalism specialisation has been developed in collaboration with media and journalism industry organisations to deliver a study experience that is unique in Australia. Students who study this program develop the practical skills required to work in a rapidly changing industry. Writing effective news stories remains the core skill required of every journalist. Students learn this craft and develop skills that will enable them to enter their journalistic career ready to work with a range of new media platforms used for the presentation of stories, including video, websites and social media. Students graduate with an understanding of how to integrate a wider range of voices in their writing and reporting, an important skill given the rapid growth in social media and user-generated content. Graduates are prepared for the challenge of new media environments and audience demands.

    Graphic Design

    This major enables an in-depth knowledge of commercial practices within the graphic design industry. Students are guided through an intense studio-based program using industry standard software. Students are taught high-level technical production and pre-press skills, enabling them to see a project through from initial concept to final publication. Subjects covered include: design, typography, photo imaging, computing, multimedia, interface design, marketing, advertising, art history, drawing and illustration.

    Photographic Imaging

    In this major students develop a thorough knowledge base of photographic and visual communication skills within an elected field of commercial photography. Students work within a world-class photographic studio that includes a full cyclorama. Students learn a range of photographic techniques for advertising, editorial, portraiture, still-life, architecture, fashion and illustration. The major has on-location and studio components and will cover: the principles of camera operation; the use of light meters (ambient and flash) on location and in the studio; the foundations of lighting, including an introduction to studio flash, lighting types, quality and styles; and the fundamentals of design and composition. Students enrolled in the photographic imaging specialisation are required to have access to an SLR camera with manual override capabilities. The Centre for Creative Industries has a large range of Canon lenses and a small number of Nikon lenses that students can borrow.

    Game Art

    This major delivers the art skills required to design and develop 3D models and textures for a variety of genres that use interactive digital technology, such as the simulation and serious games genres. Emphasis is placed on modelling, texturing, concept development and drawing. Students work with software such as Maya and Photoshop.

    Digital Production

    The digital production major introduces students to digital production environments such as the graphic design and print shop, finished art and web design studio, and magazine and digital publishing industry. Students initially gain skills in computer applications, design techniques for print and web, finished art processes and digital print. Further study includes planning, design and construction of web sites, digital publications for tablets and other media devices, magazines and books as well as personalised print campaigns.

    Computer Graphic Imaging and Visual Effects

    In this major students receive an introduction to the field of visual effects and 3D computer animation for television and cinema.  Students are taught the practical and theoretical aspects of the movie and TV making process so they understand where computer generated imagery fits in to the workflow of a production.

    Please note: Majors are not available with double degrees

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1S1 MDIA 1002
    Introduction to Media: Digital Revolutions
    MDIA 1007
    Digital Platforms
    Arts elective level I Arts elective level I
    S2 MDIA 1004
    Exploring TV and Radio
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media (semester 1 or 2 or winter school)
    Arts elective level I Arts elective level I
    Year 2S1 MDIA 2301
    Media Policy and Media Law
    MDIA 2302
    Media Research Methods
    Arts elective level II Arts elective level II
    S2 MDIA 2306
    Media Theory
    MDIA 2336
    Digital Storytelling
    Arts elective level II Arts elective level II
    Year 3S1 MDIA 3311
    Media Industry Placement (6 units)
    (semester 1 or 2) or

    2 x Media closed electives level II or III
    Arts elective level III Arts elective level III
    S2 MDIA 3310
    Professional Practice
    Media closed elective level II or III Media closed elective level II or III Arts elective level III
    Note: Specialisations are available in Journalism, Marketing and Media Production. Please visit the Faculty of Arts website for study plans for these pathways.


    Essays, tutorial or workshop participation, projects, internship and research project option, exams.

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