Strategic communication

Why study Strategic communication?

How do community organisations communicate to the public as well as building their profile? How do corporations develop a brand and then protect it when crises arise? How do emergency bodies warn the public when danger threatens?

How do they build public trust so their warnings will be delivered? How do health agencies shape campaign to change behaviour on smoking, eating, and exercise?  How do politicians shape or challenge public opinion? These are all roles fulfilled by strategic communication practitioners.

Employment in the fields covered by strategic communication and public relations is growing as government departments and agencies, charities, community groups and corporations all expand their various forms of communication. This industry-focused degree provides a thorough practical grounding in the realities and challenges of public relations.

Career opportunities

Public relations, marketing, journalism, media, advertising and sales promotion. It can lead to roles such as account executive, journalist, media broadcaster, strategic planner and communications adviser.

Courses

Local students

2016

Bachelor of Laws/Arts

Duration :
5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 95.75
Year
2016
Course description
This five-year double degree prepares you to take advantage of today's rapidly evolving work environment, giving you a legal education with a global social justice perspective. You'll learn to challenge the way you think about yourself, your community and our world.

You'll have the opportunity to build expertise in areas like politics, languages, sociology, and media studies. By combining studies in law and arts, you can build a career in areas like entertainment law, publishing, public relations, international business, diplomacy, management or government.

You will join the La Trobe Hallmark Program, an elite undergraduate research program for high-achieving students. As a Hallmark student, you will complete a special sequence of subjects designed to develop your leadership and research skills alongside your double degree in law and arts. In addition, you will receive mentoring support and a scholarship valued at $10,500 over four years, enabling you to undertake an international study tour, work with students and researchers from a diverse range of study areas and an Honours year.

To build your practical skills, we also offer hands-on experience through internships, work experience programs, and our study abroad program. A number of students participate in United Nations events and conferences, where they join discussions on global issues such as climate change.

You can choose to match your law electives to your arts major if you wish. If you major in politics, for example, you can do related elective law subjects like public international law, human rights law or justice rights and the law.

This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria. It will prepare you for a career in private legal practice, government, the media, politics and the not-for-profit sector.

Bendigo students can transfer to Melbourne in third year or continue on at Bendigo through e-learning options.

See more information on the Hallmark program.
Career opportunities
This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria. It will prepare you for a career in private legal practice, government, the media, politics and the not for profit sector. You may also combine a Diploma of Languages with your degree to improve your ability to work overseas.
This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria. It will prepare you for a career in private legal practice, government, the media, politics and the not for profit sector. You may also combine a Diploma of Languages with your degree to improve your ability to work overseas.
Professional recognition
All La Trobe University law courses include the subjects required by the Victorian Council of Legal Education to qualify for admission to legal practice. Admission to practicse as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria usually requires the completion of a traineeship (formerly referred to as articles of clerkship) or an approved practical legal training course (for example, the Leo Cussen Institute or the College of Law Victoria).
Prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in Drama, any Humanities, Legal Studies, Psychology or Theatre Studies equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Additional information
Please note that you cannot complete a major in psychology or mathematics within this double degree, even though students in the three year single arts degree may do so.
Law electives are available in intensive delivery mode at the Melbourne Campus in Summer and Winter School. Applicants interested in applying for this course are also encouraged to consider applying for our 'Law/Arts' degree.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2016 are now closed. Keep in touch to find out the latest about our courses and events. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts

Duration :
5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Bendigo N/A
Melbourne N/A
Year
2016
Course description
This five-year double degree prepares you to take advantage of today's rapidly evolving work environment, giving you a legal education with a global social justice perspective. You'll learn to challenge the way you think about yourself, your community and our world.

You'll have the opportunity to build expertise in areas like politics, languages, sociology, and media studies. By combining studies in law and arts, you can build a career in areas like entertainment law, publishing, public relations, international business, diplomacy, management or government.

To build your practical skills, we also offer hands-on experience through internships, work experience programs, and our study abroad program. A number of students participate in United Nations events and conferences, where they join discussions on global issues such as climate change.

You can choose to match your law electives to your arts major if you wish. If you major in politics, for example, you can do related elective law subjects like public international law, human rights law or justice rights and the law. If you study languages, philosophy or drama, you could choose elective law subjects in areas like Chinese law or intellectual property law.

Bendigo students can transfer to Melbourne in third year or continue on at Bendigo through e-learning options.
Career opportunities
This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria. It will prepare you for a career in private legal practice, government, the media, politics and the not for profit sector. You may also combine a Diploma of Languages with your degree to improve your ability to work overseas.
Professional recognition
All La Trobe University law courses include the subjects required by the Victorian Council of Legal Education to qualify for admission to legal practice. Admission to practicse as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria usually requires the completion of a traineeship (formerly referred to as articles of clerkship) or an approved practical legal training course (for example, the Leo Cussen Institute or the College of Law Victoria).
Prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in Drama, any Humanities, Legal Studies, Psychology or Theatre Studies equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Additional information
Please note that you cannot complete a major in psychology or mathematics within this double degree, even though students in the three year single arts degree may do so.
Law electives are available in intensive delivery mode at the Melbourne Campus in Summer and Winter School.
How to apply
Apply direct to start in Semester 1, 2016.

Please note: You can only apply direct to La Trobe if you haven't already applied through VTAC for any course.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Laws/Arts Melbourne
Laws/Arts Bendigo

Bachelor of Media and Communication

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne N/A
Year
2016
Course description
La Trobe University's Bachelor of Media and Communication allows you to specialise in Journalism, Media Industries, Sport Journalism or Public Relations.

You'll practice writing and producing compelling stories for different audiences across formats such as video, audio, and online platforms including blogs and mobile applications. You'll also develop skills in using social media, and learn how audiences are both challenging and changing today's media landscape. We offer a third-year internship that gives you hands-on experience relevant to your major in the media industry.

Your lecturers include industry professionals from a range of media backgrounds. Depending on your major, you'll work in our on-campus strategic communications agency, contribute to our own publication, upstart, and have access to the latest AV production equipment, a three-camera TV studio and 24-hour digital editing suites, and a full audio recording studio.

You can complement your media and communications subjects with a range of electives including politics, languages, media production, history and English, or by choosing electives from across the University in areas such as economics, commerce, science, information technology and health. You'll also develop an understanding of the media's social, political and economic roles, and the role you will play as a media and communications specialist.
Career opportunities
You'll be skilled to take up roles in TV and audio production, digital content, film making, screenwriting, social media and emerging digital content production platforms. Our media graduates have gone on to work as an Executive Producer with Channel 9 and an event consultant at International Musicians League, New York.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Guaranteed Entry (Year 12 applicants only): applicants with ATARs of 85 or above receive a first-round offer. Those with lower ATARs are considered through normal selection processes.

If you didn't get the ATAR there are other ways to get into this course.


Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA, STAT Multiple Choice, and/or an essay.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Humanities, Legal Studies or Psychology equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Fee amount

Additional information
Mid-year entry may be available.

2015 clearly-in ATARs for each major
Journalism: 60.25
Media Industries: 50
Public Relations: 53.5
Sport Journalism: 60.2

How to apply
Apply direct to start in Semester 1, 2016.

Please note: You can only apply direct to La Trobe if you haven't already applied through VTAC for any course.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Media and Communication Melbourne

Bachelor of Media and Communication (Journalism) - Hallmark Program

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 98.65
Year
2016
Course description
This degree gives you the chance to work with practising journalists, learn how the role of media is changing, and understand the practical aspects of developing content that meets your audience's expectations.

You will also join the La Trobe Hallmark Program, an elite undergraduate research program for high-achieving students. As a Hallmark student, you will complete a special sequence of subjects designed to develop your leadership and research skills alongside your journalism degree. In addition, you will receive mentoring support and a scholarship valued at $10,500 over four years, enabling you to undertake an international study tour, work with students and researchers from a diverse range of study areas and an Honours year.

Your journalism subjects will give you experience in pitching ideas, researching for interviews and working as a journalist by contributing to our own publication, upstart.net.au. You'll complement these subjects with a range of electives including politics, languages, entrepreneurship, media production, history and English, or by choosing electives from across the University in areas such as economics, commerce, science, information technology and health. You'll also develop an understanding of the media's social, political and economic roles, and the role you will play as a journalist.

You'll practice writing and producing compelling stories for different audiences across formats like video, audio, and online platforms including blogs and mobile applications. You'll also develop skills in using social media, and learn how audiences are both challenging and changing today's media landscape.

You'll have the chance to participate in internships and work placements at organisations such as the ABC, SBS, Fairfax and News Corp, along with independent and emerging publications. You'll also develop a portfolio of work to show future employers, using detailed editing techniques to create stories at a professional standard.
Career opportunities
You'll be skilled to take up roles in TV and audio production, digital content, film making, screenwriting, social media and emerging digital content production platforms. Our media graduates have gone on to work as an Executive Producer with Channel 9 and an event consultant at International Musicians League, New York.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Guaranteed Entry (Year 12 applicants only): applicants with ATARs of 85 or above receive a first-round offer. Those with lower ATARs are considered through normal selection processes.

If you didn't get the ATAR there are other ways to get into this course.

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA, STAT Multiple Choice, and/or an essay.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Humanities, Legal Studies or Psychology equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Additional information
Applicants interested in applying for this course are also encouraged to consider applying for 'Media and Communication (Journalism)'.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2016 are now closed. Keep in touch to find out the latest about our courses and events. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Media and Communication (Journalism) - Hallmark Program Melbourne

Bachelor of Media and Communication (Media Industries) - Hallmark Program

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Year
2016
Course description
This degree prepares you for a career in the ever-changing media landscape, equipping you for roles in TV and audio production, film making, screenwriting, social media and emerging digital content platforms.

You'll learn the technical aspects of digital media production including writing, storyboarding, filming, audio recording, producing, editing and broadcasting, as well as the ethical and cultural issues related to media production. Through your studies you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with industry networks such as Channel 9 and Melbourne Webfest via a series of placements and projects.

You will also join the La Trobe Hallmark Program, an elite undergraduate research program for high-achieving students. As a Hallmark student, you will complete a special sequence of subjects designed to develop your leadership and research skills alongside your media industries degree. In addition, you will receive mentoring support and a scholarship valued at $10,500 over four years, enabling you to undertake an international study tour, work with students and researchers from a diverse range of study areas and an Honours year.

Your subjects will cover the media spectrum from cinema to video games to online communities. You'll also take subjects examining media industry regulation, policy, ethical issues and international production formatting. You'll have access to the latest AV production equipment, a three-camera TV studio and 24-hour digital editing suites, and a full audio recording studio. As you progress, we'll encourage you to create a portfolio of work which showcases your particular range of skills.

You'll have the opportunity to present your work through a number of public digital forums including the La Trobe TV production The Real Series - a documentary series created by students, with an audience reach of more than 45,000.
Career opportunities
You'll be skilled to take up roles in TV and audio production, digital content, film making, screenwriting, social media and emerging digital content production platforms. Our media graduates have gone on to work as an Executive Producer with Channel 9 and an event consultant at International Musicians League, New York.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Guaranteed Entry (Year 12 applicants only): applicants with ATARs of 85 or above receive a first-round offer. Those with lower ATARs are considered through normal selection processes.

If you didn't get the ATAR there are other ways to get into this course.

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA, STAT Multiple Choice, and/or an essay.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Humanities, Legal Studies or Psychology equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Additional information
Mid-year entry may be available. Applicants interested in applying for this course are also encouraged to consider applying for 'Media and Communication (Media Industries)'.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2016 are now closed. Keep in touch to find out the latest about our courses and events. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Media and Communication (Media Industries) Hallmark ProgramMelbourne

Bachelor of Media and Communication (Public Relations) - Hallmark Program

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Year
2016
Course description
Public relations plays a central role in creating and maintaining the image and reputation of any organisation. It can lead to work in the government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. This course teaches you to communicate effectively and ethically on behalf of any organisation in a fast-changing, global media environment.

You'll learn how to develop and structure campaigns and pitches in our on-campus strategic communication agency, and gain experience building partnerships with businesses. You'll start to create your own professional network by working on real projects. You'll also learn the specifics of using social media and other emerging platforms to promote an organisation and its ideals in an ethical and professional manner.

You will join the La Trobe Hallmark Program, an elite undergraduate research program for high-achieving students. As a Hallmark student, you will complete a special sequence of subjects designed to develop your leadership and research skills alongside your public relations degree. You will also receive mentoring and a scholarship valued at $10,500 over four years, enabling you to undertake an international study tour, work with students and researchers from a diverse range of study areas and an Honours year.

A public relations qualification can lead to a role as a public relations manager, journalist, media broadcaster, strategic planner, or communications and media advisor. Employment in the area is expanding rapidly. Your subjects will cover issues and crisis communications, media relations, internal communications, community relations, and strategic planning.

You will complete internships and work for a strategic communication agency on campus with your peers. This is your chance to build a portfolio of work with the support of industry experts. Through this subject, some third year students have been engaged by an AFL club, major corporations and charitable organisations.
Career opportunities
You'll be skilled to take up roles in TV and audio production, digital content, film making, screenwriting, social media and emerging digital content production platforms. Our media graduates have gone on to work as an Executive Producer with Channel 9 and an event consultant at International Musicians League, New York.
Prerequisite

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Guaranteed Entry (Year 12 applicants only): applicants with ATARs of 85 or above receive a first-round offer. Those with lower ATARs are considered through normal selection processes.

If you didn't get the ATAR there are other ways to get into this course.

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA, STAT Multiple Choice, and/or an essay.
Subject bonus

A study score of 25 in any Humanities, Legal Studies or Psychology equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Additional information
Mid-year entry may be available. Applicants interested in applying for this course are also encouraged to consider applying for our 'International Relations' degree.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2016 are now closed. Keep in touch to find out the latest about our courses and events. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Media and Communication (Public Relations) Hallmark ProgramMelbourne

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2016

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (075232G)

Duration :
5 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
27 410
Campus
Melbourne, Bendigo
Year
2016
Course description
This five-year double degree prepares you to take advantage of today's rapidly evolving work environment, giving you a legal education with a global social justice perspective. You'll learn to challenge the way you think about yourself, your community and our world.

You'll have the opportunity to build expertise in areas like politics, languages, sociology, and media studies. By combining studies in law and arts, you can build a career in areas like entertainment law, publishing, public relations, international business, diplomacy, management or government.

To build your practical skills, we also offer hands-on experience through internships, work experience programs, and our study abroad program. A number of students participate in United Nations events and conferences, where they join discussions on global issues such as climate change.

You can choose to match your law electives to your arts major if you wish. If you major in politics, for example, you can do related elective law subjects like public international law, human rights law or justice rights and the law. If you study languages, philosophy or drama, you could choose elective law subjects in areas like Chinese law or intellectual property law.

Bendigo students can transfer to Melbourne in third year or continue on at Bendigo through e-learning options.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.

Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 92
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - Melbourne: 90.1, Bendigo: N/A
International Baccalaureate - 33
GCE A Levels - 12
HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - AAB
STPM - 10
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 5
Sweden Slutbetyg - VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 85
Vietnam (Year 12) - N/A
Indonesia (SMA) - N/A
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3.3
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 30 in any other English.
Additional information
Please note that you cannot complete a major in psychology or mathematics within this double degree, even though students in the three year single arts degree may do so.
Professional recognition
All La Trobe University Law courses include the subjects required by the Victorian Council of Legal Education to qualify for admission to legal practice. Admission to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria usually requires the completion of a traineeship (formerly referred to as articles of clerkship) or an approved practical legal training course (for example, the Leo Cussen Institute or the College of Law Victoria). The relevant visa is required to complete a supervised workplace traineeship in Australia. Graduates should seek assurance or recognition of the course by relevant professional bodies in their preferred country of practice.
Career opportunities
This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria. It will prepare you for a career in private legal practice, government, the media, politics and the not for profit sector.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
Laws/Arts Melbourne
Laws/Arts Bendigo

Bachelor of Media and Communication (086278C)

Duration :
3 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2016
Course description
La Trobe University's Bachelor of Media and Communication allows you to specialise in Journalism, Media Industries, Sport Journalism or Public Relations.

You'll practice writing and producing compelling stories for different audiences across formats such as video, audio, and online platforms including blogs and mobile applications. You'll also develop skills in using social media, and learn how audiences are both challenging and changing today's media landscape. We offer a third-year internship that gives you hands-on experience relevant to your major in the media industry.

Your lecturers include industry professionals from a range of media backgrounds. Depending on your major, you'll work in our on-campus strategic communications agency, contribute to our own publication, upstart, and have access to the latest AV production equipment, a three-camera TV studio and 24-hour digital editing suites, and a full audio recording studio.

You can complement your media and communications subjects with a range of electives including politics, languages, media production, history and English, or by choosing electives from across the University in areas such as economics, commerce, science, information technology and health. You'll also develop an understanding of the media's social, political and economic roles, and the role you will play as a media and communications specialist.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 6.5.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: a minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or better in the Test of Written English or

TOEFL Internet-based Test: a minimum score of 96 with a minimum score for Speaking, Listening, Reading of 20, Writing of 24 or
La Trobe Melbourne (LTM) Foundation Studies 80% final result in course.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 65
ATAR - Please refer to the additional information section.
International Baccalaureate - 25
GCE A Levels - 8
HKDSE - 2 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - BCC
STPM - 8
MICSS (UEC) - 5.5
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 70
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 65
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 8
WASSCE - 4
Mayatom (Thailand) - 2.7
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO: see the website
If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Professional recognition
While there are no accreditation bodies for journalism degrees in Australia, our Journalism and Sport Journalism majors are recognised for producing graduates with a strong skill base across traditional and emerging media platforms. Our Public Relations major is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia.
Career opportunities
Depending on which major you enrol in, you'll be skilled to take up roles in TV and audio production, digital content, screenwriting, reporting, social media and emerging digital content production platforms and developing public relations campaigns. Our journalism graduates have gone on to roles in print, broadcast and online journalism. Our media graduates have gone on to work as an Executive Producer with Channel 9 and an event consultant at International Musicians League, New York.
See Student Handbook for more details
Media and Communication Melbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Other ways into undergraduate study

Learn how you can plan a pathway into your preferred degree, including single subject entry. See also La Trobe University Access and Equity programs which support a variety of ways into undergraduate study for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage.

Strategic communication placement opportunities

A media internship (MST3INT) is available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Media Studies and the Bachelor of Journalism. In this unit, students will develop contacts with, and work in, a media organisation. Students will develop an understanding of issues internal to the organisation such as its goals, structure, management and work practices.

Overseas study opportunities

Students have the opportunity to go on exchange with our main US partner, the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri - the oldest journalism school in the world. Students can also take advantage of La Trobe's Journalism links with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York; and Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh, Scotland. Also, our students have studied at a range of University of California campuses.  To learn more, please visit the Study Abroad program.

Student work

upstart is a project of La Trobe's Journalism, Media Studies and Cinema Studies programs. The site showcases the writing of emerging journalists.

Student and graduate profiles

Students of the College talk about their experience at La Trobe.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences or focus on staff in Strategic communication.