Bachelor of Communication (Media Studies)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: Self-paced, max 9 years
Start date: Enquire for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: Swinburne Online (RTO 3059)

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About this course

The Bachelor of Communication (Media Studies) offered by Swinburne Online through SEEK Learning gives you the knowledge and skills to forge a successful career in media and communications.

Modern media has changed dramatically in the past 20 years, and being able to utilise it effectively and creatively is an invaluable skill. In this in-depth communications degree, you’ll receive education and training in how to write for digital media, broadcast, public relations and print, and everything you need to know about using social media as a communication tool.

You’ll also gain knowledge of Australian media policy, the fundamental principles of advertising, and the theoretical underpinnings of communication in the age of globalisation and new media technology.

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Applicants are required to have:

  • A minimum ATAR score of 50 in the last 5 years



  • At least three years of related work experience


  • Completed a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) or the core 'Learning and Communicating Online' study unit


  • Be an Australian or NZ citizen or permanent resident

Areas of study

The core subjects you will study in this communications program include:

  • Learning and communicating online
  • Marketing concepts
  • Professional communication practice
  • Introduction to media studies
  • Principles of advertising
  • Intercultural communications
  • Foundations of statistics

The major subjects you will study include:

  • Innovation cultures: perspectives on science and technology
  • Public relations writing
  • Screen studies: movies, television and ourselves
  • Journalistic writing
  • Digital communities
  • Australian media, crime and policy
  • Media studies project
  • Cultural perspectives on science and technology

Plus nine electives of your choice.

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How will this course advance my career?

The ability to effectively use both old and new media tools, with the conceptual context to back up your writing for print, film, radio or online, is essential to communicate with mass audiences today. A communications degree is your ticket to a job in the media.

The opportunities are many and varied for qualified professionals, with journalism, radio, PR, research, online content writing and media policy analysis all potential career paths. For people with something to say, this degree opens up worlds of opportunity.

How else will I benefit from this degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Communication (Media Studies) from Swinburne Online through SEEK Learning.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Receive career-focused training with practical, hands-on learning.
  • All course materials provided.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.
  • Course is recognised by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) and fully accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).

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Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are an Australian resident you may also be eligible to receive Abstudy/Austudy or Youth Allowance.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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SEEK Learning offers a vast selection of tertiary and vocational courses through some of Australia’s leading education providers. You can study an accredited TAFE, university and IT course, as well as customised training packages, from recognised course providers. With flexible study and finance options and many courses available through correspondence and online studies, you can gain any number of career-boosting qualifications at your convenience with SEEK Learning.
As a student of Swinburne Online through SEEK Learning, your studies will be supported by online communication with tutors and other students through discussion boards, chat sessions, email and blogs. Swinburne Online offers an excellent tutor–student ratio and you will receive regular feedback and guidance from eLearning Advisors.

Swinburne Online’s student liaison officers are available by email and phone 7 days a week to respond to any queries or concerns you may have about your studies. They can also provide information on admissions, enrolment and re-enrolment, course advice, policies and regulations, academic assessments and any technical issues you may experience.

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