Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies


Arts, media and communication are valuable resources in a democracy. Those who work in media, cultural and creative industries are the foundation of the cultural economy with the skills, knowledge and talent needed to generate new ideas and ways of understanding the world.

The Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies offers media creatives, musicians, filmmakers and performers, the opportunity to explore media and cultural theory and practice, which prepares them for life in the media, communications, and creative industries, as well as further afield.

Dynamic and diverse study options

Students are given the opportunity to undertake a choice of four undergraduate degrees on offer through the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies. With 14 majors available learning outcomes span across a huge variety of academic disciplines.

The department also offers a range of postgraduate coursework, and higher degree research opportunities. We are highly interdisciplinary; students can study across our various disciplines, undertaking electives, minors, or majors in a combination of areas. Our undergraduate units are open to all students at Macquarie University as long as the prerequisite requirements are met.

Learn more about the department’s courses.

Get creative with world-class facilities

Macquarie’s world-class production facilities are second in size only to Fox Studios and include: two well-appointed music studios, radio studio, a full film studio with lights and green screen; dance studio with 180-degree projection and sprung floor; and a performance studio with advanced lighting and sound. These features give the Department a distinct point-of-difference to other institutions.

Macquarie is also the home of the Digital Newsroom which has been custom-built for journalism, radio and digital media students. Here, you can gain critical new media knowledge and technical skills that are required to produce quality content across multiple platforms.

The Digital Newsroom has state-of-the-art equipment that presents the department as a leader in online production studio technology, and is available to students anywhere in Australia. It offers the same advanced setup used by leading broadcasters and news outlets internationally, including: green screen TV studios with remote controlled cameras, lighting and auto cue technology; Tricaster vision mixer with virtual sets; and cutting-edge production and collaboration tools.

Leaders in research

The department’s facilities are matched by the research output focusing on five clusters; Cultural and Critical Inquiry; Creative Ecologies Lab; Media and Journalism; Music and Sound Cultures and; Oceania and Asia. Led by a team of academics passionate about media, music, communications and cultural explorations, these projects pay homage to a diverse selection of interests.

Our staff are fuelled by a passion for respecting ethical values and an active support for social justice, integrity, honesty and collegiality. This approach is further extended across the department’s many specialities.

Industry placements and our alumni

The department offers real-world experience through our industry placements and PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) programs, including our ongoing relationship with SBS/NITV.

We have a proud list of alumni, which includes Melinda Boutkasaka (ABC), Tahmina Ansari (ABC/Twitter), Mridula Amin (SBS, photographer), Mike Williams (ABC), Monique Bour (MTV), Dave Hosking, Tim Hart and Killian Gavin (Boy and Bear), Shay Spencer (Drama Executive, Fremantle Media), Greg Morrow (APRA/AMCOS), Adam Hills (Comedian), Peter Overton (Nine News), Linton Besser (ABC), David May (The Feed, SBS: Walkley Finalist), and Sandy Evans OAM.

Find more information about our alumni.

Content owner: Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies Last updated: 17 Jul 2019 4:16pm

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