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Bachelor of Commerce / Media

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Explore commerce and media in a hands-on program that emphasises employability and career-readiness. The skills and knowledge you develop will prepare you for countless roles across media, communications, economics and global business. With integrated work experience and leading academics to support you, the future is yours to craft.
Commencing Terms
Term 1, 2 & 3
4 year(s)
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
UAC code 424100
Program code 3598
CRICOS code 110680M
Entry Requirements
ATAR/2023 lowest selection rank
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2024 Indicative first year full fee
2024 Indicative full fee to complete degree
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The UNSW Bachelor of Commerce/Media is a double-degree that can be completed in 4 years full-time, or the part-time equivalent.  

Through the Bachelor of Media, you can specialise in public relations and advertising, communications and journalism, screen production, cinema studies, or media studies.  As you hone your expertise, you’ll developing your creative thinking, problem-solving, and communication, and learn to drive change through ethical and persuasive communications.

Through the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), you’ll learn in the classroom and the boardroom. You’ll gain essential business knowledge and professional experience, and build a digital portfolio, to kick-start your career as you study. The program has been designed alongside industry to ensure you have what it takes to thrive in the careers of the future. 

Through this unique combination, you’ll graduate with the confidence to make an impact on the issues, and in the industries you’re passionate about, and the experience to succeed in diverse and innovate careers.  

Key features

Integrated First Year 
The BCom’s first-year courses are designed to reflect the nature of real-world business, and we call it the Integrated First Year. Traditionally, first-year business courses are a series of ‘introduction to’ or ‘fundamentals of’ courses, which are separate introductions to different business disciplines. However, we know that in reality, business problems are complex, multi-layered and span several disciplines. Our integrated curriculum reflects this. You'll gain a breadth of experience and nuance of understanding across a range of disciplines, preparing you to tackle real challenges in the workplace.  

Tailor your specialisations 
You can choose from 12 commerce specialisations, and four media specialisations, tailoring your degree to suit your passions, ambitions and the future of industry. You’ll have the flexibility to explore what interests you before deciding on your specialisations. See ‘What will I study’ for further information.  

MyBCom portfolio 
MyBCom portfolio is an award-winning interactive platform and assessment tool for BCom students. You'll use MyBCom to guide your commerce studies, develop a tailored career plan, and collate a portfolio of professional experiences to showcase future employers.  

Career focused studies   
Work experience is built into the BCom, meaning you can undertake internships in Australia or internationally as part of your degree. You’ll also have access to work integrated learning, such as industry consultancy projects, online practicums, placements or collaborating on real social entrepreneurship projects.  

The Bachelor of Media integrates practical skills and professional experiences from the outset. You’ll undertake internships, work with industry-standard studio spaces and technologies (including an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription while studying), and connect with experienced professionals.  

Expert guidance 
You’ll hone your skills under the direction of world-leading researchers, experienced practitioners, and inspiring industry guest speakers with diverse experience across media and business.   

Support and connections 
The UNSW Business School and Arts, Design & Architecture communities are passionate, supportive, and motivated. You'll learn among friends, future colleagues, co-creators, and experienced professionals.  

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • UNSW Business School has been ranked the #1 business school in Australia by AFR BOSS for the last two years in a row*.
  • Flexibility to design a degree that suits your unique interests in business and media
  • State-of-the-art design production facilities 

  • Access professional development opportunities unique to Business School students through Career Accelerator

  • Adobe Creative Cloud included while studying  

  • A supportive, diverse, and inclusive community 

  • Connect with a global alumni network

*AFR BOSS 2023 Best Business School Rankings


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Entry requirements

The degree’s admission requirements are based on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or an equivalent rank derived from the following: 

  • Australian interstate Year 12 qualifications (e.g., OP rank)

  • New Zealand NCEA Level 3

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications e.g., International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, GCE A-Levels

  • Post-secondary or tertiary qualifications

  • An alternative entry qualification

2023 Lowest Selection Rank
2023 A levels
2023 IB Diploma
2023 Lowest ATAR
    1. The 2023 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023.
    2. The 2023 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2023 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2023 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Assumed knowledge

Advanced Mathematics

Adjustment Factors

We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways

Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Admission pathways

If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into your chosen degree, you may be eligible for a pathway program with UNSW College. UNSW College provides alternative entry options using university-approved content so that you can start your UNSW journey with confidence. 

English language requirements

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Bachelor of Commerce/Media is a 4 year double degree program, consisting of 32 courses (making 192 Unit of Credit (UOC)). You’ll complete 16 courses for Commerce and 16 courses for Media.  

The program includes:

  • Commerce Integrated First Year Courses

  • One Commerce specialisation

  • Four Media foundation courses

  • One Media specialisation

  • Four Media expansion courses outside of your chosen media specialisation. 

Professional development courses and experiences:

  • Professional practice courses – Learn how to navigate different workplaces and get real-world work experience to explore your career options within the creative industry. 

  • Mandatory Work Integrated Learning – You must complete at least one course credit with a work integrated learning focus such as an internship or business practicum.

  • Final Year Synthesis – Synthesise your learning by applying and integrating the knowledge and skills gained throughout your Bachelor of Commerce (BCom).

  • myBCom – A digital portfolio that includes a personal career plan. You’ll build a work showcase for future employers, starting from your first year of study to graduation.

For further details see the Commerce/Design Handbook

Once you complete a bachelor’s degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for further study at a postgraduate level. If you’d like further information about this degree and its learning outcomes have a look our student handbook

Study areas

Future careers

This degree prepares builds towards your career from day one. You’ll graduate with a digital portfolio, practical experience, creative thinking, and industry connections that will set you up to pursue exciting and diverse careers that move with industry developments and technology, including:  

    • Accountant/auditor

    • Business analyst

    • Consultant

    • Customer experience designer 

    • Cyber security analyst

    • Data analyst

    • Entrepreneur/start-up founder

    • Economist 

    • Financial adviser

    • Human resource consultant

    • Investment banker

    • Digital media and marketing strategist 

    • Marketing/public relations 

    • Brand manager

    • Tax adviser

    • Advertising strategist 

    • Advertising account executive 

    • Communications officer 

    • Content producer  

    • Community engagement adviser 

    • Copywriter

    • Digital communications coordinator 

    • Digital marketing officer 

    • Government media adviser 

    • Journalist or feature writer 

    • Internal communications specialist 

    • Marketing executive  

    • Media account executive 

    • Media relations adviser 

    • Public relations consultant 

    • Social media manager  

    • Video presenter 

    • Animator 

    • App developer 

    • Advertising creative 

    • Cinematographer  

    • Digital editor 

    • Digital producer 

    • Filmmaker 

    • Game designer  

    • Interactive media designer 

    • Screenwriter 

    • Sound producer 

    • Television producer  

    • Video producer 

    • Website content manager 


Take your Commerce studies to the next level with an additional one-year Honours degree, where you'll gain advanced knowledge and research skills in your chosen area of business. You'll have the opportunity to be mentored by top-tier researchers and work on industry relevant projects while undertaking a significant research thesis. Graduate with advanced knowledge, analytical, problem-solving and research skills that are highly sought after in business and government. Learn more about BCom Honours


The Bachelor of Commerce can give you professional recognition and accreditation in industry governing bodies, including the Australian Human Resources Institute, Australian Securities and Investment Commission, CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, ACCA, Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) and Institute of Public Accountants.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree

Commonwealth Supported Place multiple Student Contribution Bands may apply for this double degree. See single degrees for the applicable fee bands.*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.


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