Bachelor of Communication (Media)
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: BP221
- CRICOS code: 048667E/055813G
- Campus: City campus
Situated in a purpose-designed building in the heart of vibrant Melbourne, this program accesses state-of-the-art learning facilities for film, television, radio and online media production. Learn the fundamentals of the production process including writing, scripting, shooting, sound and image recording, editing, producing, broadcasting, publishing and social media.
This program's unique combination of industry training and academic study will teach you to analyse media in a broad historical and cultural context, as well as encourage critical engagement and innovation across a range of media platforms.
Graduates are creative thinkers and problem-solvers employable across a wide range of industry sectors.
3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Learning and teaching
You will learn theory and practice in a range of environments including workshops, studios and labs.
You’ll undertake individual and group work and be assessed by both staff and peers, as well as performing self-assessment.
All staff have many years of teaching and industry experience. Lecturers who are industry experts and guest lecturers, including program graduates, will share their experiences of working and developing diverse media careers.
Internships and work placements form part of the program and will help you develop connections to the industry while you study.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
All Bachelor of Communication programs at RMIT are broken up into 3 strands. The contextual studies and communication strands are completed with students from other disciplines and the professional strand is where you will specialise in your chosen field.
You will study how to read, write and publish work - using text, audio and video - in traditional and digital, online, converged and networked media. You will also explore the creative and critical application of these skills in a wide range of areas relevant to academic study and the media industries.
You will apply these media literacies to more specialised contexts, selecting film & TV or radio as your professional specialisation as well as continue to study interactive media.
The emphasis is on advanced project work, integrating and developing previously acquired theoretical, practical and professional knowledge. You will direct your own learning and produce media projects with an academic and/or industry focus.
In all 3 strands you will develop critical and analytical skills, theoretical knowledge and research expertise with which to better understand and evaluate your and others’ work.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
RMIT Media is widely recognised by employers for its industry-ready graduates. The Program Advisory Committee is made up of figures representing leading cultural institutions such Melbourne International Film Festival, ACMI and the ABC.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by RMITV, the student-run television station broadcasting on Channel 31. Students also work with independent radio broadcasters 3RRR FM and SYN FM. Final-year students work on various industry-linked projects and must complete 80 hours of professional work attachment. Organisations that have hosted students in the past include Networks 10, 9 and 7, ABC, SBS, WTFM, Sports Brands, The Australian Open and Ghost Films.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
RMIT Media graduates can be found throughout the media industries within Australia and internationally. They find work in the film and television industry, public and commercial radio, internet and mobile media, screen culture, journalism, marketing, publishing, academia, the music and games industries and the government sector. Many also proceed to postgraduate study.
RMIT Media graduates have an edge in being multi-skilled, global in outlook and capable of working in a variety of media forms and professional contexts.
Technological and societal changes have affected the way audiences view and search for content. This has dramatically changed the media industry, not least by creating new job roles and opportunities for organisations to expand their product and service offerings. Job opportunities for our graduates have thus increased and expanded, and this program teaches students to be flexible and adaptable in a constantly changing environment.
Studying the media program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in a broad range of roles and industries.
Roles that program graduates have moved into include:
Film and television:
- directors of photography
- camera operators
- sound recordists
- sound and picture editors
- post-production supervisors,
- production managers
- first assistant directors
- art directors
- casting agents
- video artists.
- station managers
- studio directors
- editors - for commercial, government or community broadcasters.
- film festival directors
- project managers
- film and TV critics
- venue coordinators.
Internet, mobile media:
- website developers
- cross-platform content developers
- social media producers
- content authors
- media sellers and buyers.
- government organisations and departments (cultural bodies, policy units and advisors)
- education (secondary teaching in media)
- media units and advice within industry (corporate communications).
Students have the option to study overseas for a semester as an exchange or study abroad student. Several graduates have undertaken study tours with not-for-profit organisation Actuality Media whereby they travel overseas to produce documentaries that help highlight issues affecting disadvantaged communities.
This program has a strong international student cohort studying in Melbourne due to its popularity in the overseas market. The skills learnt in the program are of a global standard which will enable you to work in Australia and overseas.
RMIT’s Education Abroad Office (EAO) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program entry requirements
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 70%.
For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to an Australian Year 12, see the Entry requirements by country web page.
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Statement: If you have completed an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program more than 12 months ago, you must include with your application a statement outlining reasons for wanting to study Media, details of any prior experience in the industry, and demonstrate awareness of the current media landscape, its evolution, and its effect on the media industry.
Interview: You may be interviewed, either in person or via phone/Skype.
English language requirements:
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
- TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
- Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
- Pearson: Minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
How to apply
1. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
2. Ensure you have your supporting documents ready - this includes certified copies of all academic transcripts.
3. Complete and submit your application using one of the following options:
- Apply online. Please read these important notes before proceeding.
- Print and complete the Application form for international students (PDF 315 KB 4p) and submit following the instructions on the form.
- Use a registered RMIT representative in your country.
There are no application deadlines for international students; however, we encourage you to apply early as acceptance into programs is subject to the availability of places. An application fee may apply.
Learn more about the International application process.
- In addition to tuition fees you are required to pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- All international student visa holders are required to maintain valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
- Here is an estimate cost of living you can expect to pay each year.
RMIT graduates of these programs are eligible for exemptions:
- Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting
- Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media
- An Honours year is available.
Media and Communication
For further information about this program, please make an enquiry.
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