Media Arts

Tomorrow's screen cultures and technology

Encounter key ideas, concepts and debates about the central place of media arts in social and cultural life. Think critically and practically about making meaning with today's media.

Why study Media Arts?

Media arts recognises that today's students belong to the web 2.0 generation. It presents a forward-looking approach to the converging fields of film, television and new media.

Major in media arts and you'll explore concepts and practices across a range of media including moving image, still image, audio, performance and the written word.

You'll experiment with different platforms to create and present media artwork that connects with audiences and communicates ideas.

Media arts at La Trobe is distinctive in that it draws on and contributes to the international field of screen studies with a particular focus on emerging screen cultures and the creative potential of new media technologies.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the 2016 Handbook.

Where can Media Arts take me?

Media arts recognises the diverse career paths open to Bachelor of Arts graduates in the cultural, community, public and private sectors.

Our graduates use their skills to initiate projects, conduct research and communicate ideas in engaging and innovative ways.

Why La Trobe?

  • La Trobe is home to the award-winning REAL series – a studio-based program that showcases our best media work. All six episodes are developed and recorded in class simulating a live-to-air broadcast.
  • The Real Lab ­also features a curated showcase of students films and videos. Many of which have gone on to screen at festivals in Australia and abroad.

Further study options

If you're a Media Arts undergraduate with a strong academic record, your Honours year awaits. Combine coursework and research in your specialised area of study.

It's also possible for an Honour's thesis to involve practical or production work.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

You can view the profiles of all the staff in the Department of Communication and Media or focus on Media.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

You can study this as part of a Bachelor of Arts. View all majors

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in Semester 1, and July for entry in Semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at another institution, you can apply direct until applications close in December.


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

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