MC188 - Master of Media

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Plan: MC188 - Master of Media
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Media
Award abbreviation: MMedia
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time (For more information, see Articulation and Pathways section)
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100701
CRICOS code: 079084E

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Purpose of the Program

The program has been designed for you to develop specialised theoretical knowledge and technical skills in media and communication for the increasingly convergent and diverse media industries.

You will critically engage with global media practices and the key concepts and production processes underpinning the constantly evolving media industries. There is a focus on collaborative practice and leadership in this context. While acquiring production skills in heritage media such as television and radio, you will also navigate and employ online developments, and explore emerging trends. This suite of skills and experience will underpin and be informed by your research and critical assessment of increasingly complex media industry directions and issues.

From your professional practice perspective, you will produce a major media project which will develop your leadership skills, demonstrate high level conceptual thinking, strategic ability and production skills.  A capstone experience based on an individually negotiated professional research project will enable you to synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice, as well as demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

On completion of the program you will be a professional practitioner with specialised knowledge of the global media industry. You will be able to interpret issues, confidently lead others and provide informed insights into future directions of the industry. You will be experienced in team-based production work and be able to research new developments and apply expert judgement to problems.

In your preparation for professional and leadership roles in a variety of industry contexts, from traditional video and audio production to emergent media industries, you will also be able to work independently as well as in production teams. You will be able to confidently communicate with allied professionals, such as designers and programmers.

You will gain skills in global contexts for research and life-long learning to enable you to confidently contribute to an industry that is always evolving. You will gain insight into your own creativity, and develop efficient work practices to allow you to plan, produce and deliver your own media projects.


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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

If you have successfully completed the undergraduate programs below you will be eligible for the 1.5 year (144 credit points) duration of the program. You will receive 48 credit points exemption from the University for courses in the program's first year.

  • BP221 Bachelor of Communication (Media)
  • BP220 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

If you have successfully completed the postgraduate program below you will be eligible for the 1 year (96 credit points) duration of the program. You will receive 96 credit points exemption from the University for courses.

  • GD074 Graduate Diploma in Journalism

If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications specialising in media production, you will be eligible for exemption as follows:

Qualification LevelExemptionsRemaining program duration
Bachelor degree48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study) 
Bachelor honours degree96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)
Graduate certificate48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate diploma96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)

Applicants with a bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.

The Graduate Diploma in Media (GD180) is available as an exit award of the Master of Media. Upon completion of the first year of the Masters program (96 credit points), including core courses, you will be eligible to exit the program with the Graduate Diploma in Media (GD180).

If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8), i.e. honours, graduate certificate or graduate diploma in the field of media production.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Media (MC188) you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including Postgraduate Research programs subject to each program’s entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.5, or at least three years work experience in media production. 

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (

Selection Task

Applicants without a bachelor degree must include in their application a statement explaining their interest in studying the program and how they feel the program will advance their career, providing detail of any previous work experience in the industry.

English Language Requirements

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page (

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External accreditation and industry links

There are no professional bodies that accredit programs in media in Australia.

The Master of Media has strong industry links with a wide range of organisations and associations, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the key government funded national public broadcaster; Screen Australia, the key Federal Government direct funding body for the Australian screen production industry; and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), an internationally recognised national hub for screen media and advocacy, screen education, industry engagement and audience involvement.

The program is taught by academics who have strong industry links and current professional experience in media production. In addition we regularly engage outside industry experts as guest lecturers to ensure that students are exposed to current industry developments in media and communication.

The program regularly consults with a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that the program's links with industry standards and practice remain current.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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