Department of Media

The Department of Media combines industry focus, theoretical strength and internationally significant research to equip graduates with skills and advanced knowledge across a range of media forms.

As well as drawing on the world-class research of academic staff in areas including social media, film, immersive media, design, journalism and games, the Department works with industry to combine knowledge and application.

  • Our teaching

    You can study Media as a stand-alone degree, part of a double degree or a major in another degree. Students in the Media degree have a range of major options to choose from – including Immersive Media, Social Media and Digital Promotion, Marketing, Journalism,

    Film Studies, Photographic Imaging, and production-focused majors in Visual Design and Story Production. Majors in Popular Music or Sonic Arts are also options. Or you can enrol in the degree without nominating a major, and select from the wide range of electives available to put together a program that best suits your interests.

    Study undergraduate media  Study Postgraduate media

  • Our people



    Dr Kathryn Bowd

    Head of Media Department

    Postgraduate Coordinator

    Research and teaching expertise in journalism, particularly journalism practice and non-metropolitan media

    Dr William Andrade Lecturer in the Media Department

    Dr Saira Ali

    Lecturer Media Studies

    Dr Kim Barbour


    Student Support Academic Mentor

    Research expertise in persona studies and social media use using qualitative methods, and teaching expertise in digital storytelling, popular culture, and media and communication studies

    Dr John Budarick

    Lecturer in the Media Department

    Research and teaching expertise in media theory, media and migration and racism, with focus on journalism.

    Mr Steve Cook


    Student Support Academic Mentor

    Research experience in applied mobile ubiquitous platforms, VR (Virtual Reality) and SVEs (Shared Virtual Environments 

    Mr Jim Edson

    Technical Officer & Demonstrator, Media

    Responsible for technical support in B. Media production-based courses

    Equipment management

    Website development

    Music and audio production specialisation

    Dr Aaron Humphrey

    Lecturer in Media and Digital Humanities

    Research and teaching expertise in digital design and visual communication. Particular expertise in comics and graphic narratives, multimodal communication and user experience design

    Dr Michelle Phillipov

    Program Director, Master of Media (Strategic Communication)

    Research and teaching expertise in food media, screen and sound industries, and work-integrated learning

    Associate Professor Peter Pugsley

    Associate Professor - Reader in Media

    The research focus is on Asian media cultures, particularly Asian film.

    Mr Darren Taljaard Lecturer Media Studies


  • Our research

    The Department of Media's research spans a wide range of media-focused areas.

    All academic staff within the Department are active researchers whose research contributes to their teaching as well as to the broader body of knowledge in their areas. Department staff have national and international research profiles in their individual fields of expertise, and most are actively engaged with industry.

    Broad research fields within the Department include screen and sound industries, popular culture, immersive media, journalism, visual communication, social media, film, digital games, Asian screen media, persona studies, diaspora and migrant media, user experience design and big data and surveillance.

    Further adding to the research profile of the Department are higher degree students who are undertaking PhD and Research Masters research projects on a wide variety of media-related topics.


The Sia Furler Institute for Contemporary Music and Media

The Institute was founded in 2017, by the University’s Elder Conservatorium of Music.

It was inspired by the spirit and work of Sia Furler, one of Australia’s most influential modern-day creative forces. You can study a music major through the institute. 

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