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Practice-based learning

UTS Communication combines theory and practice into our courses, to produce work-ready graduates. Here’s just some of what we offer in our practice-oriented learning approach:

  • Assignments based on authentic professional projects relevant to the industry that students wish to enter, providing material for a portfolio after graduation.
  • Journalism students participate in UTS News Day where they research, produce and report stories for TV, radio, online and press.
  • Public Communication students get the opportunity to respond to a client brief and develop a communication strategy for real clients. Projects can be tailored to students' particular fields of interest in public communication. The industry collaboration gives students experience in working with clients and producing a major piece of communication.
  • Sound and Music Design students complete a Professional Practice subject which exposes them to site visits, guest lectures, workshops and, where possible, short-term work experience placements.'
  • The elective subject Professional Internship (open to students in the Journalism, Writing and Cultural Studies, Public Communication and Media Arts and Production majors) places students into the communication industry, blending theory and practice to develop graduates into professionals. Internships are offered through industry contacts in many undergraduate and postgraduate communication course areas
  • Media Arts and Production students complete a short media work in either sound, video, interactive media, installation, performance or film, adding to their professional portfolio of creative work they can show industry bodies, employers and clients when they graduate.
  • Social Inquiry students undertake a workplace or community-based placement in their final year, putting into practice their thematic insights, research capacities and communicative skills developed throughout the degree.
  • Information and Media students can choose the elective subject Professional Information Project in their final session, where students plan, carry out and evaluate a major professional information activity for a client.

The UTS model of learning

With our global, practice-based learning model, UTS is a recognised leader in teaching and learning. UTS has a five star rating from QS, in recognition of world-class achievements across a broad range of areas, internationally renowned research and teaching, and cutting edge facilities. Many of our lecturers are leaders in their areas of expertise, and many are active in professional practice. This means you’ll be exposed to the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills in your field.

Learning the theory is important, but the real value lies in knowing how to apply it. Our courses introduce you to professional practice in your communication field as well as the key ideas, concepts, and issues in the humanities and social sciences. Assessments are based on real-world case studies and we encourage students to take advantage of our strong industry partnerships to undertake work experience as part of their degree. This practical approach means our students graduate with the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience sought by employers worldwide. What you learn at UTS will not only help you land a graduate job — it will build the skills you need to adapt and grow throughout your career.