||Overview of Media
The media industry requires a large network of skilled technical support workers to deliver its filming, broadcasting and staged projects or events.
Media professionals, depending on their specialisations, can take on roles such as scriptwriting, cameraman, director, television or radio producer and special effects technician. Most media courses also include financial, business and writing modules as presentation, budget and report writings are critical in clients' meetings.
Students who are keen on the behind-the-scene aspects of media studies can opt to undertake a media certificate or media diploma course, lasting from one to two years, from a range of echnical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions and universities.
The basic entry requirement to a media course under a TAFE and media degree programme is a Year 12 qualification, with a pass in English.
Higher education is usually not required for such technical specialisations although it is important for media professionals to keep themselves updated on the latest software and technological products in the industry.
Media studies degrees, usually a three-year programme, are offered to provide a balance in theoretical and practical knowledge for media professionals who aim to be more heavily involved in strategic planning.
Media students are expected to understand fundamental communication and media theories, on top of acquiring technical knowledge of video cameras, post-editing skills and lightings. Students are also expected to product short videos or radio segments as part of their graded assignments.
Postgraduate media degrees or media graduate diplomas are offered as coursework or research programmes and usually last one year (full-time).
Careers in the Media
Depending on your interest within the media industry, you can specialise in television production, radio production, sound and lighting production or concert and sound staging, among other roles.
Skills needed in the Media
Financial budgeting knowledge, critical analysis skills, and strong communication abilities are all important skills.
PR, Journalism & Communications
Public Relations (PR)