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BC - Media Production as a major

The world is full of stories that need to be told. Get the industry-relevant skills you need to become a communications specialist and digital storyteller using a wide range of technologies - from websites and apps through to films, podcasting and social media.

Get the hands-on technical skills you need to work in professional media production studios. Whether your passion is for film and television, podcasting, game design or web media, this subject has it all.


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Key information

Entry Requirements:

University Entrance, or its equivalent, or on a case-by-case basis.

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,797 per year - 2021 fees
Fees (International): $30,260 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Director
  • Digital media producer
  • Documentary maker
  • Film or television producer
  • Game designer
  • Podcaster
  • Sound designer
  • Web series producer

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BC in Media Production

Year 1

Choose one of:
DSIGN125 or MEDIA102

Choose one of:
DSIGN141 or MUSIC140

100 Level
Elective or Minor

100 Level
Elective or Minor

Year 2

Choose one of:
DSIGN243, DSIGN271, MEDIA202, MUSIC240

Choose one of:
DSIGN243, DSIGN271, MEDIA202, MUSIC240

Choose one of:
DSIGN243, DSIGN271, MEDIA202, MUSIC240

100 Level or above
Elective or Minor

200 Level
Elective or Minor

200 Level
Elective or Minor

Year 3

COMMS303, COMMS304, MEDIA302, MEDIA305, MUSIC340, DSIGN341

COMMS303, COMMS304, DSIGN341, MEDIA302, MEDIA305, MUSIC340

COMMS303, COMMS304, DSIGN341, MEDIA302, MEDIA305, MUSIC340

COMMS303, COMMS304, DSIGN341, MEDIA302, MEDIA305, MUSIC340

Work-Integrated Learning: COMMS300, 396 or 399

200 or 300 Level
Elective or Minor

200 or 300 Level
Elective or Minor

200 or 300 Level
Elective or Minor

  • Major
  • Field
  • Elective
This information is provisional and subject to change.

100 Level papers:

Choose one of:

  • DSIGN125 Introduction to Communication Design Production
  • MEDIA102 Film Production 1: Telling Stories

Choose one of:

  • DSIGN141 Principles of Form and Design
  • MUSIC140 Audio Tech: Communication & Creativity

200 Level papers:

Choose THREE of the four papers below:

  • DSIGN243 Visual Language and Information Design
  • DSIGN271 Design Thinking
  • MEDIA202 Film Production 2: Experimentation and Creativity
  • MUSIC240 Creative Music Technology 2: Music & Visuals

300 Level papers:

Choose FOUR of the six papers below:

Work-Integrated Learning papers:

Choose one of:

  • COMMS300 Communication Consulting Project
  • COMMS396 Communication Internship
  • COMMS399 Report of an Investigation

Media Production serves students that wish to put communication theory into practice by working in professional studio and production ecologies. This is a practical and practice-oriented major geared toward the mechanics of producing media. Covering production methods from pre-production to post-production, papers in this major will address effective design and implementation of image-text-motion, sound/music and audio-visual methods of communication. You will become cognisant multi-modal communicators through working in a range of production settings including film & documentary, professional studio ecologies, web-series production, factual media, podcasting, game design, sound design, soundscape, music, web media, and other forms of multimedia outputs.

Media Production is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Communication (BC). Media Production may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Media Production as a single major for the BC, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Media Production, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete MEDIA102 or DSIGN125, DSIGN141 or MUSIC140, 45 points chosen from DSIGN243, DSIGN271, MEDIA202 or MUSIC240 and 60 points chosen from MEDIA302, MEDIA305, MUSIC340, DSIGN341, COMMS303 or COMMS304.

To complete Media Production as part of a double major for the BC, or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Media Production including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete MEDIA102 or DSIGN125, DSIGN141 or MUSIC140, 45 points chosen from DSIGN271, DSIGN243, MEDIA202 or MUSIC240 and 45 points chosen from MEDIA305, MEDIA302, MUSIC340, DSIGN341, COMMS303 or COMMS304.

To complete a minor in Media Production, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Media Production major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
DSIGN125Introduction to Communication Design Production15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper enables students to perform basic computing operations and to operate software packages for the manipulation of visual images and text for use in print and screen-based applications. Students will be introduced to basic computing concepts and provided with software tutorials and related exercises.
DSIGN141Principles of Form and Design15.022A (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper develops the student's ability to recognise and utilise the basic elements and principles of design both two and three dimensionally. It explores topics related to 'thinking' and creativity with an emphasis on raising a student's creativity consciousness and attitude. The work will primarily be abstract in nature and wil...
MEDIA102Film Production 1: Telling Stories15.022B (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
A hands-on practice paper in which students learn to apply film production theory to communicate ideas and tell stories. Students gain experience capturing, constructing and manipulating both audio and moving image in the process of designing, shooting and editing digital short films.
MUSIC140Audio Tech: Communication and Creativity15.022A (Online)
This paper is an introduction to DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations); the creation of original musical works based on computer technology; basic recording and editing techniques; fundamental music studio knowledge; historical, aesthetic and theoretical elements.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
DSIGN243Visual Language and Information Design15.022B (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper offers students the possibility to explore the area of information design. By using their knowledge of principles of design, visual communication using typography and image, students will design information graphics (infographics): visual representations of information, working in the passage from data to information uti...
DSIGN271Design Thinking15.022A (Hamilton)
The paper presents the iterative process of design, used to understand users, challenge assumptions and redefine problems through empathising with users, defining their needs, ideating innovative solutions, prototyping and testing.
MEDIA202Film Production 2: Experimentation and Creativity15.022A (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Students are challenged to extend their creative practice beyond the conventions of narrative film making. Working with moving image and sound, students work in teams to experiment with the affordances of the medium and extend their own creative thinking and strategies.
MUSIC240Creative Music Technology 2: Music and Visuals15.022B (Online)
An introduction to music for screen idioms and its compositions through digital sound generation.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
DSIGN341Design Systems15.022A (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper challenges students to design a visual identity system and apply it across multiple deliverables in different media.
MEDIA302Film Production 3: From Concept to Screen15.022A (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Do you want to create a festival-ready short film? Develop your creative practice in filmmaking and challenge yourself with a hands-on practical paper that builds on the skills acquired in MEDIA102 and MEDIA202. Students hone their craft in several areas, including: cinematography, sound design, scriptwriting and directing to produ...
MEDIA305Interactive Media Design15.022B (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Create your own interactive projects that expand your creative practice. Students will engage with contemporary arts practices to devise audio-visual installations, evaluate the rise of interactivity in gaming and VR, and create projects that blend different media formats.
MUSIC340Music Technology 3: Creative Project15.022A (Online)
This paper includes a critical study of music and technology, and the development of students' production and composition techniques. The aim is to extend creative musical skills, technical expertise, and artistic understanding.

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