Media Media, creative arts, and communication

Media Media, creative arts, and communication

In today’s ‘always-on’ environment where seemingly everyone wants news and entertainment at their fingertips, the heart of news dissemination is an exciting and powerful place to be.

Macquarie’s media courses will equip you with the skills you’ll need to respond to today’s and tomorrow’s rapidly evolving media environment.

Careers in media

  • advertising executive
  • account manager
  • arts administrator
  • broadcaster
  • content coordionator
  • copywriter
  • corporate affairs consultant
  • corporate communications specialist
  • digital campaign executive
  • digital designer and developer
  • editor
  • educator
  • film and television producer
  • journalist
  • media and music producer
  • public relations specialist
  • social media manager
  • speechwriter
  • video producer/editor
  • website designer/editor

Professional experience

Get the best headstart in your media career at Macquarie University by adding important practical and professional experience to your degree through the PACE program.

As media students at Macquarie you have the opportunity to combine your theoretical knowledge of media, community and content with important work experience with a number of undustry partners. Previous PACE students have worked with social and support groups, sporting communities, interest groups, charities, fan clubs and cultural clubs, volunteer projects, collectives, large corporate organisations and social networks.

Through PACE, Marketing student James Vidigal worked with the Cancer Council NSW and looked after the media requirements for their Run4Cure event in 2015. Over a number of weeks James looked after an editorial calendar, oversaw and wrote content for social and digital media and liaised with event volunteers to promote the event.

“The event was a great success. We were able to raise over $200,000 which is great because it’s going to go all towards helping cure children’s cancer,” – James Vidigal.

Make the most of your degree and learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Student experience

Leisa Dias

Leisa Dias

Bachelor of Arts - Media

"I chose Macquarie because it has one of the best media degrees available with a focus on practical filmmaking subjects. Macquarie allowed me to discover which areas of film production interested me most, giving me a clearer idea of the types of roles I wanted to pursue as a career. Studying at Macquarie also honed my writing skills across a number of genres, which is an invaluable skill to have as a media professional."

"One my most memorable experiences at Macquarie involve shooting the student films I participated in as part of my major. My group mates and I went on a road trip to Orange in the middle of winter to shoot a film that was supposed to look like it was set in the hot outback. It ended up snowing while we there! As the editor of that particular film, I had to get pretty creative with the colour grading to make the footage look the way it was meant to. That was my first taste of video editing, and now I'm doing it for a living."

Tim Higgins

Tim Higgins

Bachelor of Arts - Media

"Macquarie's flexible study programs allowed me to explore a variety of areas (everything from German to Video Game Studies), and find out which I was keen to pursue. One moment that I always remember is my first live broadcast as part of one of the radio units at Macquarie. It was horrifying and exhilarating at the same time. I clearly enjoyed it enough to want to make it my career."

"Macquarie University's involvement at 2SER was a huge advantage. Being able to walk out of a radio class and straight into a fully operating radio station was absolutely incredible experience. Also, Macquarie's internship subject provided me with the resources needed to get an internship at the ABC, which eventually led to my first paid radio work."

Our expertise in media

Professor Kathryn Millard

Professor Kathryn Millard

Professor in film and creative arts

Professor Kathryn Millard is a filmmaker and essayist with a body of work that is internationally recognised and highly awarded.  Random 8 (2012) her semi-improvised digital feature, won awards at Mexico International Film Festival and Lucerne International Film Festival. The Boot Cake (2008), her AWGIE (Australian Writers' Guild Award) nominated feature-documentary about Chaplin imitators in India, was described by Chaplin's biographer David Robinson as 'an astonishing testament to the far-reaching influence of silent film. Kathryn's other films include the AFI (Australian Film Institute) award-winning features Travelling Light (2003) and Parklands (1996) with Cate Blanchett in her first film role.

See Professor Millard's full profile

Dr Karen Pearlman

Dr Karen Pearlman 

Lecturer in screen production

Karen is a director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company, through which she has developed, produced, directed or edited numerous highly acclaimed short films, online and mobile productions and the short feature Thursday's Fictions. Her recent film, the half hour documentary ...the dancer from the dance was a finalist for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Screen, and also a finalist for an ATOM Award for Best Arts Documentary.

Dr Karen Pearlman writes, directs and edits screen productions and she writes about screen culture and creative processes.

Our facilities

Media hub

Our multi-million-dollar media hub features the best university media facilities in the country. So by the time you graduate, your skills and knowledge will be second to none.

Discover media, music, communication and cultural studies at Macquarie

In the home of Australia's first media department, you'll learn from award-winning experts and have access to industry-standard facilities, including our multi-million-dollar media hub with professional screen, radio and dance studios, as well as state-of-the-art digital workstations for all production areas. Immerse yourself in writing, dance, music, screen production, management, games design or communication, and set yourself up for a career in the new media landscape.

Teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Dr Karen Pearlman's students not only benefit from her technical expertise but also her wealth of industry experience. Karen believes that the course she teaches her students will not only provide them with the core capacities they will need for screen media industries such as digital literacy, entrepreneurship, collaboration skills and creative and critical thinking, but can be applied to almost any other industry they may find themselves working in throughout their career.

When teaching her students, Karen says, "I encourage students to think of themselves as already part of the screen industry, to recognise that the collaborative teams they build now may be their professional colleagues for life and that their levels of achievement will be in direct proportion to their own levels of curiosity, engagement and effort."

Karen's experience as a filmmaker includes her role as co-director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company, a dance film company that develops and produces works within and across the media of dance, film, literature and new media. Her most recent film, the half hour documentary "...the dancer from the dance" was a finalist for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Screen, an ATOM Award for Best Arts Documentary, and an Australian Screen Composer Guild Award for Best Music in a Documentary.

Prior to joining Macquarie, Karen was the Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) for 6 years, and between 2009 and 2010 was President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild. Besides her professional work as a filmmaker, she is a published author of various books and academic essays and articles on screen culture and creative processes. She has also had an international career as a professional dancer with a dance company based in New York City, and been a director of two dance companies.

In addition to her teaching, Karen is an active researcher whose research interests are in creative processes, particularly writing and editing, cognitive studies of the moving image, and screendance. She is currently an investigator on an Australian Research Council/Australia Council funded research project which is asking if placing artists from fields other than games in residence with interactive entertainment companies will result in greater innovation.

Creativity keeps coming at Macquarie!

"Choose", a short film directed and produced by Macquarie University media students Jake Severino and Anna Davis, was selected to play at the prestigious St Kilda Film Festival.

Choose is one of the only nine films featured in the Under the Radar category, a competition developed by the St Kilda Film Festival to give young filmmakers the chance to be seen and heard by their peers in the industry. Under the Radar films were shown in 27 May at the festival. The 3-minute film comically explores the notion of identity as five students are picked for a lunchtime sports team.

The film director, Jake Severino, explains, "I wanted the film to be a humorous look into the many ways we shape our own identities and, at least in my experience, how we seek the acceptance of others to validate our choices."

Jake and Anna, who are both studying Bachelor of Arts - Media, were thrilled at having their work recognised and thank the "very talented and generous crew and the invaluable teaching and encouragement from the media faculty at Macquarie University." 

 This experience has helped their confidence immensely. Jake says, "Being recognised by festival selectors really helps me believe in my developing ability as a filmmaker."

Three reasons to choose media, creative arts and communication at Macquarie

  1. You will learn the skills required to respond to a rapidly evolving media environment
  2. We have strong media-industry ties and a growing internship program
  3. You will gain vocational skills through access to our industry-standard technology

Our programs are designed to keep you up-to-date with emerging media and industry practices while ensuring you have a strong understanding of traditional mass communication.

In the home of Australia’s first media department, you’ll learn from award-winning experts and have access to industry-standard facilities, including our multi-million-dollar media hub with professional screen, radio and dance studios, as well as state-of-the-art digital workstations for all production areas.

Immerse yourself in writing, dance, music, screen production, management, games design or communication, and set yourself up for a career in the new media landscape.

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