La Trobe University

Bachelor of Media and Communication


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2019
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.

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.

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 June for the new statement.

Career outcomes

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.

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.

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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Additional information

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