OUR COURSES Media and Communications is comprised of four interrelated disciplines: Media, Journalism, PR & Advertising and Writing. We offer courses at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus as well as online through OUA and Swinburne Online. Our large suite of Undergraduate offerings are complemented by an Honours stream and Postgraduate study by research and coursework.
UNDERGRADUATE Media and Communications offers a range of majors and minors across four discipline streams. This means that our students have a wide variety of choice and flexibility in how they undertake their studies. Media and Communications are offered within the Bachelor of Media and Communications and the Bachelor of Arts. Students are also able to take complimentary majors making it possible to combine, for example, a Media Industries major and a Journalism major or Cinema & Screen Studies major with a Social Media major. There are an enormous number of choices. All of our Majors are designed to provide students with both a critical education in media and hands-on skills that make them sought after in the workplace, as demonstrated by our alumni. bmc Bachelor of Media and Communications The Bachelor of Media and Communication is a new degree that is designed to provide students with the latest skills and knowledge that will prepare them for a variety of roles in the dynamic and ever changing industries associated with media and communication. The degree takes a strategic approach to media and communication and links theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to operate effectively in diverse settings within industry. Drawing on the discipline areas of Advertising, Cinema and Screen Studies, Creative Writing and Literature, Digital Marketing Technology, Journalism, Media Industries, Public Relations and Social Media, the degree seeks to equip students with the knowledge and skills to achieve institutional/organisational needs and objectives.
HONOURS An Honours Program is an advanced course of study following the successful completion of a Bachelor of Arts. The program provides students with an opportunity to pursue their undergraduate studies to a high level in an additional year of research-orientated study. It gives students a strong base from which to pursue further study or to gain employment that requires high-level conceptual, analytic, research and communication skills. Read more about Honours


The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Arts (Media and Communications) at Swinburne provides advanced production and theoretical practice skills that graduates need to work in a dynamic media industry. With a focus on creative content production for the social and mobile media age, students will broaden their understanding of the media through both creative practice and critical engagements with the key ideas and thinkers that have shaped media studies. Read more about Media Postgraduate Coursework.

The Master of Arts (Writing) allows students to acquire the skills needed to improve their creative and professional writing. Students gain an understanding of the underlying principles and concepts of their craft and apply this through the creation of a range of writing portfolios of their choice. Students will be supported by online tutors, industry professionals and through online workshops.


Staff in Media and Communications are available for the supervision of postgraduate research projects at Masters and Phd levels. For more information about applying for a postgraduate research program, contact one of our staff directly or visit Swinburne Research.