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Introduction to Media studies

Hone your critical thinking during your media studies major.

Step through the silver screen to meet cinema’s great auteurs. Tune into TV formats and programs. Thumb the pages of newspaper history to explore print media’s relationship with technology. Understanding Media Studies is helpful for anyone working in communications, digital, and marketing.

Studying online means that you can apply what you learn to all the media you engage with during your day-to-day.

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Curtin University


Culture to Cultures

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 Nov 2023, 26 Feb 2024, 27 May 2024, 26 Aug 2024, 25 Nov 2024

University of South Australia


Content Creation for Media

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 24 Jun 2024

Griffith University


Popular Music, Culture and Identity

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 04 Mar 2024, 04 Nov 2024

University of Tasmania


Media, Self, Identity

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024

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Griffith University


Bachelor of Arts

Innovators, communicators and creators start here!

Develop critical thinking, writing, and research skills in demand across all industries. You can follow your passion with majors and electives that interest you. Develop connections through peer learning, networking, and work experience.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Art History,  
  • Creative Writing,  
  • Criminal Justice,  
  • History,  
  • Journalism,  
  • Literature,  
  • Public Relations,  
  • Screen and Media Studies,  
  • Sociology,  
Curtin University

Launch your future in digital and social media

Learn about the technologies, techniques, and issues surrounding online communication. You’ll explore social media and other forms of digital communication, and get the opportunity to collaborate and create online. Digital comms careers start here.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

University of South Australia


Bachelor of Digital Media

Get creative about your digital career.

Network with technology; browse and design a digital career online. Curate virtual realities. Design digital platforms and assets. Zoom in on digital media production and management. Create stories and connect with creatives. Create a designer portfolio.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of the Sunshine Coast


Bachelor of Communication

With a focus on social media or journalism

One of the most flexible communications degrees on offer. Majors include music, screen media, theatre, and visual communication. With so much choice, you can tailor your degree to your career goals. Become a creative professional and work in media.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

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Media studies highlights

  • Understand issues relating to media production and consumption.
  • Develop research and analytical skills.
  • Explore media from historical, social and cultural contexts.

Media studies specialisations

  • Critically evaluate technological implications.
  • Engage with new media tools and developments.
  • Build cultural engagement and understanding.

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