Swinburne University of Technology, based in Melbourne, has an international reputation for quality research that connects science and technology with business and the community. Our standing in prestigious world academic ranking lists reflects our commitment to high-quality teaching and research and graduate outcomes.

Some of these rankings and ratings include:

  • Swinburne was ranked among the world’s top 250 universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024.
  • Swinburne once again ranked in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2023, placed at number 43 out of more than 600 institutions. 
  • The QS World University Rankings 2024 ranked Swinburne in the world’s top 300 universities, placing us in 285th of universities worldwide.
  • Swinburne was ranked one of the world’s top 300 universities by the prestigious 2023 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). 
  • Swinburne was recognised as having one of the best design schools in the world by the QS World Rankings of Universities by Subject 2023. We were listed in the top 150 for the Art and Design subject area.‌
  • Swinburne was ranked number 199 in the 2022–2023 US News Best Global Universities, up from 241 in 2021.

Media, communications & advertising

Swinburne provides a Bachelor’s degree course for those interestered in a career in advertising that includes:

Media & Communications: Immerse yourself in the latest tech, surround yourself with the brightest minds and kick-start your career with the Bachelor of Media and Communication. Our refreshed course prepares you for today’s media sector from day one. Through collaboration, you’ll master the skills demanded by today’s dynamic environment, engage in cross-disciplinary media labs and co-create for endless possibilities. Through industry projects, work placements, and internships, we’ll nurture your professional growth and help you discover your true passions.

The Advertising Major: Gain vital skills to succeed in the creative world of advertising. Explore effective design and strategy, advertising development and implementation. Learn how to create ads that hit the mark with audiences.

Industry partnerships and Advertising: The Swinburne Advertising major is proud of its many partnerships over the years, bringing real world authentic learning to your student experience. Our thanks go to many agency partners including M&C Saatchi, Leo Burnett, AJF Partnership, DDB, Deloitte Digital, Bastion Creative, Special Group Australia, WPP AUNZ & Cox Inall Ridgeway, and business partners including Carlton & United Breweries, Cricket Australia, 7-Eleven, Lion Dairy, McDonalds Australia, Suzuki Australia, Tourism Australia, Cancer Institute NSW and Bonds Australia, along with a long list of Industry Executives, and Alumni that join us on campus each and every year.

Getting you job-ready is at the heart of what we do.

Learn from experienced teachers who remain connected to their industries. Make contacts, receive valuable career advice and become immediately competitive in the global job market.

Our courses are well recognised by professional organisations. We have close ties with industry and provide invaluable workplace experience. Industry representatives shape our curriculum, providing guest presenters, team projects and six- to 12-month paid professional placements for students.

All of these experiences empower you with a greater chance of employment – even before you graduate. Our Work-Integrated Learning program offers six- and 12-month paid work placements, during which you could find yourself working with prospective employers and developing valuable industry networks.

Flexible learning options

We understand that studying full-time isn’t practical or feasible for everyone. That’s why we let you choose how and when you study. Depending on your course, you can study online or part-time. This means the amount of time spent on campus is kept to a minimum. To help you balance work, life and study, you can spread the load over Summer and Winter terms too. 

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Article contributed by David Reid, Advertising Lecturer at Swinburne and one of the founders of the Advertising Capstone Challenge.


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