The Bachelor of Communication at the University of Newcastle offers you four majors.
This major provides students with practical reporting and writing skills in print and broadcast journalism. Students may study professional writing, public affairs, radio journalism, television journalism, communication internship, feature writing and international media studies.
Graduates of this major can find work in radio, television, online and print media, throughout Australia and overseas. This includes working as news and specialist reporters, columnists, commentators, copywriters, producers, sub-editors, editors, newsreaders and presenters. Journalism skills are also valued in public relations, publishing, law, commerce and business – where experienced journalists have become media officers, publishers, editors, speechwriters for government officials, politicians and executives, and corporate communicators.
The Media Production major provides skills and concepts that are relevant to career pathways in a wide range of media production and communication industries. Students will study photomedia, media production: video, television, radio and sound professional writing, visual communication technology, music video, web multimedia, and visual communication imaging.
Graduates who complete this major work professionally as producers, performers, designers, digital producers, directors and writers, and a number have successfully established their own companies. Graduates usually find work in the areas of theatre, arts and event management, digital production, radio and television as well as film and new media.
This major provides students with the skills required in the profession and practice of public relations, which assists organisations in establishing and maintaining communication and cooperation with stakeholder groups. Students will undertake studies in professional writing, public relations practice, developing multimedia publications, public affairs, public relations writing, public relations strategy and public relations campaigns.
While graduates in PR may seek employment in public relations, they also find careers in event management, promotion, advertising, marketing and policy development in both public and private sectors. Public relations graduates have the opportunity to develop in-depth expertise that is often recognised by above-average salaries.
In this major students will study a range of subjects including media, communication and culture, film and television studies, contemporary popular music, international media studies, technology, digital culture and new media and society.
Media Studies students gain employment directly in media industries as well as in media related work. Completing a major in Media Studies assists with careers in print journalism, radio, television, film distribution and public relations. Some specialised opportunities also exist in broadcasting and communications research.