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Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023




The Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) offers a contemporary, open and rigorous learning environment tailored to students' needs.

This is a postgraduate programme for students who wish to undertake an in-depth investigation into their chosen field, within a research-focused learning environment. Students will have the opportunity to respond to new developments in the communication, design, music, and visual arts fields.

As an Honours student supervision is provided for both the practical and the theoretical components of study. Additional supervision from external representatives of a student's professional field can also be established. Students will have frequent formal and informal meetings and critiques with other staff and students to discuss their work, helping to frame and respond critically to issues surrounding their practice at the level required by the professional world. The learning environment is good-humoured, varied and active, encouraging input from staff and students equally.

Facilities in the School of Media Arts are made available to students as determined by the nature and requirements of their project. Individual studio spaces, fabrication workshops and industry-standard digital and moving image facilities are provided for Honours students. Various test spaces, exhibition sites, tutorial and critique rooms are used for scheduled classes and for formative and casual review of work. Technical staff maintain the operation of facilities and equipment and are available to assist students in practical and logistical issues in their study.

What you'll learn

The programme includes the study of two modules, which can be studied full-time:

Research Practice (900 hours)

  • Includes a major studio-based research project and a parallel written research paper.

Contemporary Theory (300 hours)

  • Includes a tutorial-based survey of some recent theories of relevance to the arts and media.

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed in a range of professional creative fields including as a designer, filmmaker, artist, advertising photographer, art director, teacher, cinematographer, editorial photographer, environmental designer, exhibition designer, film editor, film producer, freelance photographer, graphic designer, illustrator, photojournalist, scriptwriter, web designer, songwriter, or composer.

Entry criteria

Candidates must have:

  • completed the requirements of the Bachelor of Media Arts with a mark average of 65% or better in 4 level 7 modules and a mark average of 65% in two contextual modules at level 5 and level 6, or
  • completed an undergraduate degree specialising in communication, visual arts, design or music with mark average of 65% or better in 4 level 7 modules and a mark average of 65% in two modules containing a theoretical component at level 5 and 6, or
  • a history of professional experience in communication, visual arts, design or music with the ability to undertake independent practical and theoretical research at a level equivalent to that which would be possessed by graduates of the Bachelor of Media Arts with a mark average as specified above. Relevance of professional experience will be determined on the basis of an interview and portfolio.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; or

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50

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