Media Arts and Production FAQ
View our frequently asked questions about the Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production).
What is the Selection Rank for Media Arts and Production?
To view the selection rank for Media Arts and Production, see the relevant course page.
What careers could I pursue as a Media Arts & Production graduate?
Media Arts & Production graduates can pursue a wide range of career paths. Careers include cinematographer, digital producer, director, arts and cultural administrator, documentary maker, editor, media artist, multimedia designer, producer, production manager, VFX specialist, program commissioning editor, radio producer, researcher, scriptwriter and sound designer.
Are there any HSC subjects I should study to prepare for this major?
UTS currently has no prerequisite HSC subjects for students to be admitted into the Communication course. However, students may find that humanities subjects such as Advanced/Extension English, History, Society & Culture and Languages may help them prepare for a degree in Communication.
Students wishing to study the Media Arts & Production major may find the subject ‘Industrial Technology – Multimedia’ useful. HSC Students may also want to start developing their media production skills by creating an audio-visual piece for their major work in Visual Arts, English, Drama or Dance. However, no prior skills are required to study Media Arts & Production, as students with a wide range of abilities are welcomed.
Students studying certain HSC subjects may also be eligible to receive Year 12 Adjustment Factors for specific Communication degrees. Explore our current list of Year 12 Adjustment Factors.
Is there a lot of group work involved in Media Arts & Production?
Assessments in the Media Arts & Production major are a combination of individual and group assignments.
Collaboration in the media production industry is vital, which is why UTS aims to expose students to what it’s like working as part of a crew or team. In most subjects, students will have the opportunity to complete individual assessments as well as work as part of a team on a larger project. By working in a team, students get experience in a variety of roles and learn how to collaborate effectively.
Can I do an internship as part of this major?
Media Arts & Production students have the option to complete a minimum 80-hour internship as part of the course. This highly valuable experience provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience and industry connections. Students in the past have interned at organisations such as the ABC, Channel 7, Animal Logic and various production houses.
Students generally source their own internship, to ensure they get experience in a role or organisation they are interested in, however, UTS Careers can assist students in finding one. Students can also find internships through the UTS Communication Society’s career Facebook group.
What type of works do Media Arts & Production students make?
Students in the Media Arts & Production major learn a variety of filmmaking skills throughout the degree and showcase these skills through a range of hands-on projects. Depending on the subject, students may make a short film, documentary, animation, audio-visual installation, sound piece, music video and more.
In the final Media Arts & Production subject, students create a major work of their choosing. For examples of past projects, view some of our student works.
Are graduates prepared for a career in the TV/film industry?
Students in the Media Arts & Production major learn a variety of filmmaking skills such as scriptwriting, cinematography, producing and post-production, to help prepare them for a career in today’s television and film industry.
Many of our graduates go on to have highly successful filmmaking careers, such as Genevieve Clay-Smith, an award-winning filmmaker and entrepreneur. Genevieve is the Co-Founder and CEO of non-profit Bus Stop Films, as well as the Co-Founder & Creative Director of Taste Creative. Genevieve was the also the winner of The Australian Financial Review & Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014 and was named 2015 NSW Young Australian of the Year.
Tyson Donnelly is another a UTS Media Arts & Production alumni. Tyson has worked as a senior compositor and visual effects (VFX) specialist for a range of blockbuster films such as Star Wars, Insurgent, Avengers, The Lego Movie, The Hunger Games, X-Men and Iron Man.
UTS Media Arts & Production alumni Kate Dennis has also made a name for herself in the television industry, having directed a number of major shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale, GLOW, Offspring and Suits.
Upon graduation, students wishing to pursue further study in media production can enrol in our new Master of Media Practice and Industry, a degree that focuses on developing transcendent and customisable skills to facilitate ethical and sustainable media practice within the current industry.
What software is available to Media Arts & Production students?
Students studying Media Arts & Production have access to a media lab and post-production editing suites that have the latest industry-standard software such as the full Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Avid ProTools, Apple Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Dragonframe and more.
Do I need to buy or hire my own equipment for this degree?
No, students do not have to buy or hire any of their own equipment.
Media Arts & Production students have free access to the MediaLab portable equipment store, which has an extensive range of professional production equipment, such as cameras, microphones and lighting. This enables students to produce broadcast quality projects and to graduate experienced and competent working with the latest production technologies. The equipment store staff are experienced media production professionals who work enthusiastically with our students to ensure they select the right equipment to meet their production needs.
Will I get the chance to make my own film?
Yes, students in the Media Arts & Production major get the opportunity to make their own film.
Students learn a variety of filmmaking skills throughout the degree and showcase these skills through a range of hands-on projects. Depending on the subject, students may make a short film, documentary, animation, audio-visual installation, sound piece, music video and more. In the final Media Arts & Production subject, students create a major work of their choosing. For examples of past projects, view our student showcase.
Can I study both Media Arts & Production and Music & Sound Design?
No, the Bachelor of Music and Sound Design is a standalone degree, whereas Media Arts & Production is a major within the Bachelor of Communication. However, students studying Media Arts & Production learn some music and sound design skills and software, such as sound recording and post-production. Students also have the opportunity to collaborate with Music & Sound Design students as part of their major work.
Is there the opportunity to spend time overseas as part of this degree?
Find out more about our overseas study opportunities for students.
Is radio an elective that I can study as part of this degree?
Radio is currently not an elective Media Arts & Production students can study, however, students interested in radio production can gain hands-on experience by volunteering at 2SER, a community radio station. 2SER is jointly owned by UTS and Macquarie University and is located at the UTS Broadway campus.
After graduation, could I work in another country in a media production role?
Yes, Media Arts & Production graduates can definitely pursue work overseas, like many of our alumni have. Adding a Diploma in Languages or a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies to their Communication degree may help students prepare for a career abroad.
Can I go to a film school or a university that offers film studies as part of Global Exchange?
UTS has exchange partner agreements with more than 240 universities in over 40 countries. Many of these universities offer highly ranked film and media programs, such as the University of Texas (USA), University of North Carolina (USA), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Coventry University (United Kingdom), Ryerson University (Canada) and City University of Hong Kong.