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Students majoring in Media Production will adopt the knowledge and skills required to plan and coordinate the technical aspects of radio, television, stage, film and online media production. Activities within the Media Production major include script selection and writing coordination, directing and editing, audio and camera work, as well as staging. Specialist and generalist roles (able to do all or most production) exist in the industry, depending on the size and budget of the project, as well as the talent and work ethic of the prospective employee.
Practically-based, many of the aforementioned abilities adopted within this major will translate directly into the media production industry. Being a highly competitive field, however, students may require industry experience in order to expand their portfolio and gain employment on graduating. Students are encouraged to independently engage the extra-curricular opportunities presented to them throughout the degree, or undertake the placement course embedded into this major’s final year.
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Some jobs require additional qualifications at Honours level. Honours is a one year stand-alone program, completed after successfully fulfilling the requirements of the undergraduate degree. View Bachelor of Communications (Honours).
Some occupations require a higher level of completed study than an undergraduate degree, and for this reason it is worthwhile considering the range of postgraduate study options available. Postgraduate study may also be useful for specialising in a particular area, or to stimulate career change. Some of the postgraduate study options following the Bachelor of Communications include:
Postgraduate coursework programs can add further specialisations in areas including business, safety, quality assurance and teaching. To explore such options please visit the Postgraduate Handbook at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/postgraduate/
The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Communication majoring in Media Production. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.
- Audiovisual Technician
- Camera Operator
- Editor (Film & TV)
- Entertainment and Media Production Manager
- Film/Television Production Assistant
- Interactive Media Designer/Developer
- Lighting Designer
- Lighting Operator/Technician
- Media Consultant
Graduates are also able to use the transferable skills gained in their studies to work outside the Communication industries. In some instances, further study and/or work experience may be required.
As well as the jobs listed above, there are many positions outside the general field of Communication that graduates may pursue using the transferable skills gained in their studies. The list of job titles below shows examples of the type of jobs / careers graduates can diversify into; that might not necessarily be directly related to their degree.
- Events Manager
- Exhibitions Officer
- Festival/Events Co-ordinator
- Freelance Worker
- Generalist Programs
- Integrated Communications Specialist
- Internal Communications Officer
- Museum/Art Gallery Curator
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Media studies employment opportunities exist in a wide range of industries within small, medium, and large organisations, including advertising, marketing, publishing and entertainment. Not all jobs available in the creative industries are advertised in the usual job search sites. Professional networks and reputation are important to build for employment success. Forming contacts in the industries you are interested in will be important to securing work. Below are some examples of major organisations who recruit media studies graduates – either as specialists or generalist graduates.
- 20th Century Fox (International)
- Art Gallery of NSW (Australia)
- Australia Council for the Arts (International)
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (Australia)
- Australian Commercial Radio Stations (Australia)
- Australian Major Performing Arts Companies (Australia)
- Australian Museum (Australia)
- Australian National Maritime Museum (Australia)
- Australian Professional Theatre Companies (Australia)
- Australian Regional Gallery listing (Australia)
- Belgiovane Williams Mackay (International)
- Belvoir Street Theatre (Australia)
- Blue Gecko Design & Communication (Australia)
- Blue Tongue Entertainment (International)
- BMF Advertising (Australia)
- Carlson Marketing Group (Australia)
- Channel Seven (Australia)
- Channel Ten (Australia)
- Clemenger BBDO (International)
- Cornwell Design (Australia)
- Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Australia)
- Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) (Australia)
- Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (Australia)
- DreamWorks Animation (International)
- Electronic Arts (International)
- EMI (International)
- Euro RSCG 4D (International)
- Euro RSCG Australia (Australia)
- Fabio Ongarato Design (Australia)
- Fairfax Media (Australia)
- Federal Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) (Australia)
- FNL Communications (Australia)
- Fox World Australia (International)
- Fujitsu Australia (Australia)
- Furnace (Australia)
- Galleries and Museums (Australia)
- George Patterson Y&R (International)
- Hutchinson (3) (Australia)
- Marketforce (Australia)
- Mass Media (International)
- McCann Erickson (International)
- Mercer Bell (Australia)
- Moon Design (Australia)
- Museum of Contemporary Art (Australia)
- News Corporation (Australia)
- Oddfellows (Australia)
- Office for the Arts (Australia)
- Ogilvy (Australia)
- Optus (Australia)
- Paramount Pictures (International)
- Questacon (Australia)
- Reactive Media (International)
- RHI Entertainment Australia (Australia)
- Saatchi & Saatchi (International)
- SBS Television (Australia)
- Simon Richards Group (Australia)
- Singleton, Ogilvy & Mather (International)
- Sony (Australia)
- State Theatre Company (SA) (Australia)
- Telstra (Australia)
- Virgin (Australia)
- Vodafone (Australia)
- Walt Disney Pictures (International)
- Warner Bros (International)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- Australian Cinematographers Society (Australia)
- Australian Directors Guild (Australia)
- Australian Marketing Institute (Australia)
- Australian Screen Directors Association (Australia)
- The Australian Screen Editors Guild (Australia)
- Australian Video Producers Association (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs
Graduate Attributes and EmployabilityBachelor of Communication graduates majoring in Media Production will have the skills, abilities and knowledge sought after by a broad range of employers. On completion of the degree, graduates can expect:
- An in-depth knowledge and ability to appropriate to a person seeking entry to communication and cultural industries or seeking to undertake further study in the discipline.
- An ability to recognise the inter-related nature of communication practices and the inter-related nature of informing disciplines.
- The capacity to engage in constructive public discourse to sustain communities.
- An understanding of methodologies and theories of interpretation relevant to communication practice, research and creative endeavour.
- To critically reflect on the practice of communication, engage with and interpret complex text and seek creative solutions to multi-faceted problems.
- The ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively in communication productions, showing appropriate levels of independent initiative and professional judgement.
- The competence to research and interpret issues in a chosen field and to use information communication technologies in research, learning and communities of practice.
- The capacity to construct and present narratives and arguments with clarity and effectiveness in written, oral and multimedia forms.
- A knowledge of ethical, justice and equity issues relevant to society, communication and cultural industries.
- A level of cultural awareness, knowledge and sensitivity that will be required for constructive social action and to develop the skills and motivation necessary to support life long learning.