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Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Creative Industries

Approved Abbreviation: BComm/BCrInd


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1840.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 095718J


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Communication graduates who previously would have planned a career in media, public relations, journalism or advertising companies now face a future where they will be required to continuously adapt and reapply their skills to changing work environments. This double degree brings together the existing Communication program with studies that explore emerging creative industries and allows students who are interested in pursuing careers, such as journalist, publicist or media buyer, to also engage with new paradigms of creative and cultural production, developing skills in entrepreneurship and working in collaborative projects with creative industries in Greater Western Sydney (GWS).

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Nicole BridgesEnquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
Professional accreditation from the PRIA for the PR Major is current for the Bachelor of Communication and The Bachelor of Creative Industries PR is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA). Professional accreditation from the MFA for the Advertising Major is current for the Bachelor of Communication and will be sought for the Bachelor of Creative Industries Advertising Major.

Admission

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students must complete

  • 80 credit points of Communication core units (which includes one Introduction to Major Pool unit)
  • 80 credit points of Creative Industries core units (which includes one Introduction to Major Pool unit)
  • 80 credit point Communication Major
  • 80 credit point Creative Industries Major

Introduction to Major Unit Pool

Students select two of the following units as their Introduction to Major Units

  • One unit which corresponds to the Communication major selected and
  • One unit which corresponds to the Creative Industries major selected

100706Advertising: An Introduction
102436Creative Writing: The Imaginative Life
100897Everyday Life
101927Foundations of Media Arts and Production
200977Fundamentals of Australian Law
102263Image Design
100556Introduction to Journalism
101907Introduction to Literary Studies
102558Music Production
200585Organisational Behaviour
100212Public Relations Theory and Practice
101922Web and Time-based Design

Majors

Communication

Major for Bachelor of Communication component to be selected from the below list

M1121Advertising
M1067Journalism
M1094Media Arts Production
M1122Public Relations

Creative Industries

Major for Bachelor of Creative Industries component to be selected from the below list

M1121Advertising
M1113Creative Writing
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1109Digital Cultures
M1053English
M2511Enterprise Innovation
M1116Graphic Design
M1067Journalism
M2515Law and the Creative Industries
M1094Media Arts Production
M1117Music
M1122Public Relations

Note: Each major must have no more than three Level 1 units (including the introduction to major unit) and a minimum of three Level 3 units)

Note: This double degree has been structured so that, after selecting the Bachelor of Communication major, students may choose to undertake one of the 3 remaining Communication majors for their Bachelor of Creative Industries specialisation should they wish to.

Recommended Sequence - Autumn Commencement

Recommended sequence subject to variation based on the students nominated Creative Industries specialisation.

Students selecting Law and the Creative Industries as their major are exempt from completing core unit 200909 Enterprise Law, as they must complete the alternate unit 200977 Fundamentals of Australian Law as their core unit and first Introduction to Major unit.

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

101920Writing Ecologies
101926Media Cultures and Industries
200909Enterprise Law

For students taking Law and the Creative Industries Major choose unit 200977 Fundamentals of Australian Law instead of 200909 Enterprise Law

200977Fundamentals of Australian Law

One Communication Introduction to major unit

Spring session

102421Data, Mediation, Power
200910Financing Enterprises
101921Visual Storytelling

One Creative Industries Introduction to major unit

Year 2

Autumn session

101928Media Law and Ethics

One Communication major unit

Two Creative Industries major units

Spring session

200912Enterprise Leadership
101929Professional Writing and Editing

One Communication major unit

One Creative Industries major unit

Year 3

Autumn session

Two Communication major units

Two Creative Industries major units

Spring session

102431Creative TEAMS 1

Two Communication major units

One Creative Industries major unit

Year 4

Autumn session

200911Enterprise Innovation and Markets
102432Creative TEAMS 2

One Communication major unit

One Creative Industries major unit

Spring session

101931Media Memory
102433Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship

One Communication major unit

One Creative Industries major unit

Spring (Mid-Year) Commencement

Recommended sequence subject to variation based on the students nominated Creative Industries specialisation.

Full-time

Year 1

Spring session

102421Data, Mediation, Power
200910Financing Enterprises
101921Visual Storytelling

One Creative Industries Introduction to major unit

Autumn session

101920Writing Ecologies
101926Media Cultures and Industries
200909Enterprise Law

For students taking Law and the Creative Industries Major choose unit 200977 Fundamentals of Australian Law instead of 200909 Enterprise Law

200977Fundamentals of Australian Law

One Communication Introduction to major unit

Year 2

Spring session

200912Enterprise Leadership
101929Professional Writing and Editing

One Communication major unit

One Creative Industries major unit

Autumn session

Two Communication major units

Two Creative Industries major units

Year 3

Spring session

200911Enterprise Innovation and Markets
102431Creative TEAMS 1

One Communication major unit

One Creative Industries major unit

Autumn session

101928Media Law and Ethics
102432Creative TEAMS 2

One Communication major unit

One Creative Industries major unit

Year 4

Spring session

101931Media Memory
102433Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship

One Communication major unit

One Creative Industries major unit

Autumn session

Two Communication major units

Two Creative Industries major units



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