La Trobe University

Bachelor of Media and Communication


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

Kickstart your career as an adaptable, multi-skilled media professional.

La Trobe’s Bachelor of Media and Communication is your introduction to an exciting, varied and creative field of work.

Depending on your career goals and choice of major, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • work in our on-campus strategic communication agency
  • join the editorial team at upstart
  • produce and present broadcast programs in our Upstart Media Hub.

You’ll also enjoy access to a full audio recording studio, digital editing suites, the latest AV production equipment and a three-camera TV studio.

Complement your communication subjects with electives such as politics, languages, media production, history, English, economics, science, IT and health.

More reasons to study Media and Communications at La Trobe.

  • Take advantage of our direct connections to Channel 7, Channel 9, ANZ, the Victorian Institute for the Blind, Melbourne WebFest and more
  • Learn from highly qualified staff with extensive media experience
  • Broaden your perspective with overseas study options in Florence, Oxford and the USA
  • Contribute to our award-winning documentary web series, Magnify Melbourne
  • Benefit from La Trobe’s successful alumni network. La Trobe Media and Communications graduates have gone on to work for The Age, The Project, AFL Media, Fox Footy and The Australian
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The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Specialisations, majors and minors


Write, produce, report on and present compelling stories for video, audio, mobile and online platforms.

Sport Journalism

Combine journalism studies with sports subjects. Take advantage of La Trobe Sport’s industry partners, including Carlton Football Club, Melbourne City FC and Melbourne Rebels.

Media Industries

Develop holistic skills in mobile storytelling, script writing and film and TV production. Shoot and edit across different smart devices, broadcast cameras, screens, workflows and platforms.

Public Relations

Learn how audience behaviour and social media is disrupting the media landscape, while mastering communications strategies for global audiences.
This major is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).

Entry requirements


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

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.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

The media sector is in constant demand for skilled employees. As a La Trobe graduate, you’ll be well placed to pursue careers in a diverse range of professions.

Career pathways include:

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Media and Communication (Public Relations) is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.How to apply for an undergraduate degreeTo find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe: - ask us a question - chat online - visit our FAQ page - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

Additional information

Mid-year entry may be available.2016 clearly-in ATARs for each majorJournalism: 60.15Media Industries: 51.45Public Relations: 54.95Sport Journalism: 60.55

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: