Bachelor of Media and Communication

Choose Media and Communication at La Trobe

La Trobe ranks in the top 200 universities in the world for Media & Communication Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).

La Trobe University’s practice-based approach delivers one of the most innovative media and communication programs in Australia. Media students today are preparing for jobs that might not exist yet, and at La Trobe, we’re wholeheartedly embracing this reality.

We focus on providing students with the practical skills and experience they need to thrive in a rapidly evolving media landscape.

  • Graduate career-ready with industry experience.
  • Learn from passionate media professionals whose expertise is sought after nationally and internationally.
  • Enjoy access to on-campus facilities including our TV and sound studios, 24-hour editing suits, recording studio, and our new student radio station.
  • Take the opportunity to do a third-year placement, and get practical experience of working in a media or communications organisation.
  • Join practical and collaborative initiatives – such as upstart magazine and documentary web series Magnify Melbourne – and build your portfolio as you study.

La Trobe’s Bachelor of Media and Communication allows you choose from one of four specialist streams:

  • Journalism
  • Media Industries
  • Public Relations
  • Sport Journalism

Career opportunities with a Bachelor of Media and Communication

You’ll have a huge range of career options when you graduate, including in television, film, radio, print and online production, journalism, media law, marketing, advertising and communications.

Our graduates have worked at:

  • Channel 9 as an executive producer
  • International Musicians League (New York) as an event consultant
  • the ABC as a sports broadcaster
  • the McGrath Foundation as a campaign officer.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • write and produce compelling stories for different audiences
  • work across multiple media formats like video, audio, blogs and mobile apps
  • gain understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural role of the media
  • use social media effectively and with purpose
  • work in the industry with media professionals.


Students from Australia and New Zealand

2016 indicative: AUD$6040 per 120 credit points (based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

2016 indicative: AUD$30,000 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

Course structure

This course gives you the opportunity to choose your focus, with majors in Journalism, Media Industries, Sport Journalism or Public Relations. You'll be prepared to work in your major's industry through a mix of core subjects and electives.

Depending on your major, you'll work in our on-campus strategic communications agency, contribute to our digital publication upstart, and take advantage of our AV production equipment, three-camera TV studio, 24-hour digital editing suites and full audio recording studio.

In your final year, you'll have the chance to do practical placement through our extensive industry networks.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

First year subjects

Journalism major

Semester 1

Semester 2

The Emerging Journalist

The Interview

Making Media

Writing for Media

Elective Subject

Elective Subject

Elective Subject

Elective Subject

Media Industries major

Semester 1Semester 2
Making MediaThe Interview
Global Citizenship Elective SubjectWriting for Media
Elective SubjectElective Subject
Elective SubjectElective Subject

Sport Journalism major

Semester 1

Semester 2

The Emerging Journalist

The Interview

Making Media

Writing for Media

Introduction to Sport Management

Sport Marketing

Elective Subject

Elective Subject

Public Relations major

Semester 1Semester 2
Introduction to Strategic CommunicationCampaigns: Strategies, Analysis and Design
Writing for Strategic Communication Writing for Media
Media and Communication Elective SubjectElective Subject
Elective SubjectElective Subject

Please note: these are sample course structures only. For full subject details, see the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.