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Why study at UOW

At UOW, we prepare you for careers that showcase your flexibility, creativity, teamwork and entrepreneurship.

If you are passionate about gaining practical experience, learning about real-world issues and making a difference, then UOW is for you.

We help you develop your communication and media career through project experience and real-world client focus. You will learn about a wide range of communication and media industries, and you will gain skills in areas such as digital and social media, graphic design, filmmaking, journalism, and marketing communication and advertising. 

Choose your specialisation by taking a major in one of the following areas of study:

You can choose a second major within the Bachelor of Communication and Media or select another major from a different study area.

We also offer the Bachelor of Journalism which is a specialist degree to prepare you for a dynamic career in journalism. 

Learn with the best in NSW/ACT

  • The federal government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2018 as the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for undergraduate Communications.
  • UOW is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world  in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject for;
    • Art and Design
    • Communications and Media Studies
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Why study Communication and Media


  • In this increasingly connected and digital world, self-driven communicators with media skills and experience are in demand.
  • The Bachelor of Communication and Media allows students to specialise in an area of study including; Digital and Social Media, Global Screen Media, Journalism, Marketing Communication and Advertising, and Visual Communication Design. This degree also allows you to undertake a double major where you can combine your passions and diversify your skill set for a dynamic career. 
  • The Bachelor of Journalism provides in-depth hands-on training in journalism, converging media (audio, video, web, mobile) digital communication and multimedia storytelling. This training prepares you to enter the dynamic and evolving industry of journalism and reporting in the 21st Century. Gain first hand, professional experience by joining UOWTV, Radio U or Faces of UOW and create digital media content. Complete an internship with a reputable news or media organisation to put your knowledge into practice. You will be equipped with essential skills in editing, audio, lighting, podcasting, video and writing to expand your portfolio and meet the demands of the changing face of media industries.
  • Whether you choose to study the Bachelor of Communication and Media or the Bachelor of Journalism, from day one you will work on live projects. You will be pitching ideas, creating content, studying real-world cases, identifying audiences, researching needs and designing solutions, gaining hands-on experience.
  • You decide what to work on, and you are in charge of your own media projects. You will be developing content and curating it for impact across a variety of social media channels. You will be designing games, podcasts, webseries, news stories, video and graphic art, marketing campaigns and media strategies.
  • You will learn from experts about the ethical challenges and new opportunities driven by changing technologies, and you will become skilled in discovering these for yourself.  In this way you can be sure your practice is always informed by the latest industry-relevant research.
  • Our teaching and production facilities allow you to learn new skills and produce professional work in teams. They include specialist computer labs, media production equipment, video and radio studios, a newsroom and innovative maker spaces.  
  • You will graduate with a portfolio of work and experience informed by up-to-date industry knowledge, that you can present to future employers and clients. You will enter the workforce as an independent, entrepreneurial, multi-skilled, self-directed and resourceful individual.
  • You can take part in an international exchange program, short course or internship through our global network of over 140 partner universities and organisations. 

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Overview of careers

We know that work is changing. In times of change and disruption, employers across a wide range of industries look for skilled and experienced communicators who know how to work across platforms, and who understand the media landscape. 

Our graduates can work in teams or independently, they flourish in unfamiliar situations, they step up under pressure, and they learn new skills quickly. 

  • Advertising
  • Communication Specialist
  • Content Development
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Communications
  • Digital Publishing
  • Editor
  • Event Coordinator
  • Feature Writer
  • Global Communications
  • Government
  • Graphic Designer
  • Market Research
  • Media Management Advisor
  • Media Strategy and Planning
  • Print/Television/Radio/Photo/Online Journalist
  • Public Relations
  • Publicity Officer
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Social Media Manager
  • Web Designer

 UOW is in the top 1% for graduates as rated by global employers: UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking in the 151-200 band in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.


My experience with my teachers is what I valued most while studying journalism. They were supportive, patient, passionate, and talented and I have so much respect for them and their work. My teachers gave me the opportunities to connect to the industry and the survival skills to stay in it. 

Alice Matthews
Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Arts 2014
Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award Winner 

Sonny Nguyen

At the beginning of 2018, I was selected to represent UOW at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts graduate exhibition with some of the nation's finest emerging contemporary artists. I was pretty chuffed to be apart of it all. My work expressed the current state of human displacement in the world in which I used my family's experiences of seeking asylum as a catalyst. 

Sonny Nguyen
Bachelor of Communication and Media (Digital Media and Communication), 2017
Read more about Sonny's story on The Stand. 

Chloe Dicks

My marketing experience took me to India where I completed an internship at a social enterprise. I really like how unique my degree is. I'm able to apply business concepts to the media sphere but also challenge myself as a musician. 

Chloe Dicks
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) - Bachelor of Communication and Media (Marketing Communication and Advertising)

Vivian Tang

My passion for graphic design combined with the ever growing digital world in today's society, gravitated me towards majoring in Visual Communication Design within the Bachelor of Communications and Media. Through my visual works, I hope to influence and challenge the world by producing impactful design. VCD has taught me that once you have mastered communication through visuals, your designs are just as impactful as actions.

Vivian Tang
Bachelor of Communication and Media (Visual Communication Design)

Angelique Lu Landing Page

I was one of ten UOW students to fly to Paris to undertake an internship at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. I wrote for their blog about issues affecting journalists worldwide. I then completed a traineeship at the BBC and was posted to Belfast. Now I'm back in Sydney working at the ABC. I love the fact-finding of journalism, being allocated something that doesn't look like much, and it turns into something real and tangible.  

Angelique Lu
Bachelor of Laws - Bachelor of Journalism, 2015
ABC News


Practical experience is one of the big differences UOW offers students. My degree included hands-on experience in every form of media and I completed work placement at ABC Radio and at a local newspaper in Canberra. I learned how to develop contacts, write stories, conduct interviews and work in front of a camera— all the foundations of what I do today.

Matthew Snelson
Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies (2006)
Seven News Reporter

Steinar Ellingsen

Bachelor of Communication and Media, Journalism or Creative Arts graduates are storytellers and communicators. Their skill set and understanding of the media landscape are valuable assets in a range of professional areas and organisations within creative industries and non-traditional media companies such as NGOs, government departments and sporting clubs and leagues. 

Dr Steinar Ellingsen
Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media and Journalism 
Co-founder of Melbourne WebFest