Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy facilities

Our facilities support Media and Communication practice and education by providing students with exposure to the professional technology they will encounter in their future workplaces.

During their first semester of study, Bachelor of Media and Communication students experience the exhilaration and challenge of creating and recording their own magazine-style news program in our digital television studio. Students develop vital technical skills in a range of studio roles and get their first experience in front of the camera. They also undertake the kind of collaborative work common to media industries and create a community of practice that supports them throughout their degree.

Students also take classes in our Mac Labs, using the latest digital software to support their creative and journalism projects including podcasting, multimedia journalism, video editing and covering breaking news. These large contemporary spaces are fitted with computer consoles and booth spaces, supporting group and individual work, and fostering opportunity for collaboration and feedback.

In our Work Integrated Learning subject, upstart, students work from dedicated spaces designed to emulate professional settings. Our editorial team run the upstart newsroom, a large, contemporary meeting space for student-led meetings, news shifts, planning and pitch presentations. Meanwhile, our broadcasting team operate the Media Hub, a small studio designed for students to take on all the professional front-of-camera and behind-the-scenes roles to broadcast a regular television program. These spaces allow them to hone their technical and journalistic skills to gain vital industry experience before graduating.

Our facilities include:

The digital audio and radio studios allow students to create broadcast-standard podcasts and current affairs packages, and develop students' industry relevant skills including presenting, producing, interviewing and editing.

La Trobe’s digital television studio gives students an opportunity to learn studio directing, vision switching, graphics and high-end digital camera operation to make current affairs, magazine and sports programs.

In our Mac Lab classrooms, students are taught to use software including Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop and Garage Band to undertake a range of multimedia, video and audio projects.

The Media Hub is a purpose-built broadcasting studio. Made up of recording space and control room, it contains all the professional equipment needed for students to use to create live broadcasts, streaming content and podcasts.

Forty state-of-the-art mobile journalism kits include professional radio microphones and enable students to create diverse, cross-platform, user generated stories.