Can you see yourself chasing after celebrities and politicians hoping they’ll give you a most coveted exclusive interview? How about spreading the word about a special function or an awareness campaign about a certain cause? If the above mentioned scenarios sound like you, then you might be interested to take up Communications and Media Studies.
Now, assuming that you live in Australia and are indeed interested in taking Communications and Media Studies, here is some information that you may find useful.
Australia first introduced Media Studies in Victoria universities sometime in the early 60s. It was also taught in secondary school in the mid 60s. as years passed, Communication and media studies were further developed. In fact, several universities have been announced by the Australian government as top universities for pursuing said course. These universities include University of Melbourne, UTS, Monash University, and University of Queensland among others. Incidentally, it said that these universities have such great standards that they even rank higher than World standards based on the methodology used in the study.
Media studies, as mentioned earlier, is also introduced to students in secondary school. Eventually, an expanded course in media studies was taught to the senior secondary students in the 80s. This course will later be called the Victorian Certificate of Education. Through VCE, students in the secondary school level, who have an inclination towards Communications and Media Studies, will further develop their skills for the course at an earlier age. It will also help the students which of the branches of Media Studies they would like to major in.
Once you’ve graduated from Communication and Media Studies, you have a higher advantage of entering the fields of Marketing, Public Relations, Media Management, Publishing, Advertising, and Journalism, etc. On the other hand, you can also choose to deepen your knowledge of your chosen course. Instead of joining the workforce right after graduation, you can choose to study further courses like Executive Master of Arts (a course offered in University of Melbourne). This course will help the students to further hone their leadership qualities and features modules on Professional Skills, Discipline, and Applied module. According to the University of Melbourne website, this course is “the first program of its kind in Australia” which was developed in coordination with the government as well as certain agencies in the industry.
Taking a course in Communications and Media Studies can’t go wrong especially if you have a knack for film making, creative writing, languages, and art history, among others. Remember, however, that having graduated from this course won’t always guarantee a career in the industries mentioned above. So be sure to study hard and graduate with a great record. After all, there are also several other students who are as interested in this course as you are.