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Media Practice Major (Master of Media and Communication)

MMedComm - MJRP-MEPRA Humanities
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

The Media Practice major is one of five in the Master of Media and Communication course. It is designed for those seeking to develop an understanding of professional communication practice in either Journalism or Corporate Media Production in the current environment.

You will develop critical and analytical understandings, practical and professional skills orientated towards a career in one of the two main disciplines and you will also gain generic skills that are valuable in a range of situations, including leadership, problem-solving and working collaboratively in a team. Participants are encouraged to apply and test these skills and understanding through applied practice in the form of an advanced discipline project and a professionally-orientated placement.

In your first year you will undertake introductory units, develop your skills in your chosen discipline and prepare for your major project. In your second year you will complete your major project as well as an internship within your relevant industry.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

  • Bachelor degree in a non-related field with honours, OR
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in a non-related field from a recognised institution (may also require relevant work experience), OR
  • Bachelor degree in a related field, which will provide credit for recognised learning for one semester of study, OR
  • Graduate certificate or diploma in any field from a recognised institution.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $17,700*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 400 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Credit for previous study

Bachelor degree in a related field, which will provide credit for recognised learning for one semester of study.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

The media practice major will equip students with the skills, understanding and discipline to work in a variety of roles depending on the stream taken within the major. 

Journalism students tend towards becoming a journalist, media presenter, freelance writer, editor, media liaison officer, public relations officer, communications officer, copywriter or media placement coordinator. 
Screen arts students tend towards becoming a multimedia developer, film and television editor, broadcasting technician, sound technician, audiovisual technician, film and television camera operator, film and television lighting operator, film and television producer's assistant, television director, production designer or media teacher.

How this course will make you industry ready

 All majors allow you to undertake an internship which can provide you with valuable work experience and a networking opportunity to advance your career.

In these streams you’ll be taught communication, interpersonal and research skills that will be appreciated by employers in the media industry. You may also be offered the use of modern media production equipment and facilities, and guidance by staff to help develop your ability to prepare content across print, broadcast and online media platforms. Our units have a strong practical and industry focus, which means you’ll be prepared for the workforce or creative practice.
You may also have access to a range of purpose-built student facilities and creative outlets, including the Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin FM 100.1, Grok magazine, Hayman Theatre, the John Curtin Gallery, the Western Independent online student newspaper and an industry-standard television studio.

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