Get to know the School of Media and Communication at Murdoch

Murdoch students in the Media Arts Centre

If you’re an imaginative ideas-driven person, join our School of Media and Communication to kick-start your dream career.

Do you know what the most watched TED Talk of all time is? It’s about creativity and imagination, presented by the great Sir Ken Robinson.

We all love to devour these topics but what does it mean for you in choosing a future career? While everyone has a deep well of thoughts and ideas bubbling inside, some of us feel creativity and the ability to freely throw around those ‘what ifs’ is something we need in our life’s work. If this sounds like you, read on and get to know our School of Media and Communication.

What’s special about the School of Media and Communication at Murdoch?

Exploring ideas is one thing; bringing them to life and applying them to paid employment is another.

At Murdoch, we get it. The truth is, the world needs us. We need art and beauty and entertainment. We need those who’ll question the status quo. We need people who know how to communicate and cut through conflict and misinformation. In fact, the world needs these skilled professionals now more than ever!

At our school, we make sure you’re ready to take off running. How? Firstly, our students are taught much-needed theory and background knowledge. Secondly, we provide opportunities for you to be wildly creative. Thirdly, we arm you with up-to-date practical skills to succeed in the media and communication industry.

Here are just some of the unique features of the school:

Media Arts Centre

At our impressive Media Arts Centre, you’ll get hands-on experience thanks to the television and podcasting radio studios, newsroom, sound stage, digital post-production facilities, sound-mixing studio, video editing suites, drawing  and games labs. Find out more.


Our award-winning consultancy provides students with opportunities to work on real client projects and develop a healthy portfolio, bridging the gap from being a student to becoming a professional. Find out more.

Read more about these facilities and how Murdoch will provide you with a great head-start in your chosen career.

Meet your academics

We have an inspiring and clever team with decades of experience. You’ll be in lecture theatres, classrooms, labs and studios with people who have been in your shoes and know how to bring the seeds of talent into full bloom.

What have they been up to in their working lives?

  • Award-winning investigative journalism.
  • Award-winning cinematography with the BBC and ABC.
  • Sound system design at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
  • Music video production team for John Butler Trio and Eskimo Joe.
  • Artist with pieces shown in exhibitions across the world.
  • BBC Radio engineering.
  • Strategic communications and PR professionals.
  • Photography and graphic design professionals.
  • Researching culture and literature in Australia and Asia, and
  • Researching podcasting, social media, and women’s fiction.

Under their expert guidance, you’ll make use of our state-of-the art facilities and learn the ropes of the industry. Find out more about our research projects and meet our team.

Read about Keely’s experience: Diary of a Murdoch Communication student

A fork in the road: your life, your career path

What lies ahead is an exciting adventure that’s really up to you and your ambitions. There are literally dozens of career options possible with the degrees we offer in our school.

Which path will you take? Producing a stirring documentary like Planet Earth? Investigating political scandals and keeping our elected officials honest? Designing artistic video games? Crafting communication strategies that come together like pieces of a puzzle? Here’s how to get there.

Bachelor of Communication majors:

  • Global Media and Communication
  • Journalism
  • Strategic Communication
  • Web Communication

Bachelor of Creative Media majors:

  • Games Art and Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Screen Production
  • Sound

We also offer minors that are highly topical in the modern day, including Social Media and Science Communication. And if you’re torn between majors, looking for a competitive advantage, or want to expand your career options? Combined degrees are a great choice.

Read more about job options or explore our postgraduate courses if you’re ready for the next step in your career.

Building a brighter future, together

From our foundation in 1974, Murdoch been a university of difference. We’ve long been associated with social justice and inclusion, and providing pathways into university education for those who had previously been excluded.

Equity, diversity and inclusion are key Murdoch values, and together they form one of the core pillars of our university’s strategy. No matter who you are, you’ll be welcome in our community. For our school in particular, this nurturing environment means students feel free to express themselves creatively whether that be through words, sound or screen.

So, as the poet Mary Oliver wrote, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

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21 Nov 2023

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