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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Creative Industries

Approved Abbreviation: BA/BCrInd


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1842.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 095720D


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


Arts graduates who previously would have planned a career in fields such as publishing 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 Arts program with studies in emerging creative industries, allowing students who are interested in pursuing careers which require the diverse skill set of an Arts graduates 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).

Students in this double degree also have the opportunity to complete a semester of study overseas and receive advanced standing towards their BA majors and sub majors subject to Western Sydney University limits on advanced standing. Students are encouraged to do so but must discuss this with a BA course advisor first.

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
The Bachelor of Creative Industries (PR) is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia. (PRIA).

Admission

Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

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

  • 40 credit points of Arts core units
  • 40 credit point Arts Core Sub-major
  • 80 credit points of Creative Industries core units (which includes one Introduction to Major Pool unit)
  • 80 credit point Arts Major
  • 80 credit point Creative Industries Major

Arts Core units

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102735Foundations of Academic English
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Equivalent Core Units

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2019 or earlier.

100846 - Analytical Reading and Writing

100958 - Australia and the World

100960 - Contemporary Society

100968 - Texts and Traditions

Arts Core Sub-majors

Students must select one sub-major from the list below

Note: Not all submajors are available on all campuses

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1116Creative Writing
SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1071English
SM1072History and Political Thought
SM1128Immersion Language
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1112Indonesian
SM1120International English

Please note: SM1120 International English has been replaced by SM1132 International English for students who commence this course from the 2019 academic year. Continuing students enrolled in SM1120 are able to remain in and successfully complete the unit requirements of this specialisation.

SM1132International English
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1080Japanese
SM1119Linguistics
SM1065Musicology
SM1047Music Performance Studies
SM1076Philosophy
SM1115Psychological Studies

Important Note

Students cannot undertake a Major in the same subject area as their Core Sub-major for this double degree.

There are also several Arts / Creative Industries specialisations which share multiple common units, and as such these specialisations are incompatible and cannot both be undertaken in this double degree program. Students may select one of the following majors, but not both:

  • M1114 Musicology or M1117 Music
  • M1115 Music Performance or M1117 Music
  • M2514 Innovation and Change or M2511 Enterprise Innovation

Introduction to Major Unit Pool

Students select one of the following units as their Introduction to Major Unit – one 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
100556Introduction to Journalism
102263Image Design
101907Introduction to Literary Studies
102558Music Production
200585Organisational Behaviour
100212Public Relations Theory and Practice
101922Web and Time-based Design

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

102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
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 Creative Industries Introduction to Major Unit

Spring session

102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
200912Enterprise Leadership

One Arts Major Unit

Year 2

Autumn session

One Arts Sub-major Unit

One Creative Industries Major Unit

Two Arts Major Units

Spring session

200910Financing Enterprises

One Arts Sub-major Unit

One Creative Industries Major Unit

One Arts Major Unit

Year 3

Autumn session

200911Enterprise Innovation and Markets

One Arts Sub-major Unit

One Creative Industries Major Unit

One Arts Major Unit

Spring session

102431Creative TEAMS 1

One Arts Sub-major Unit

One Creative Industries Major Unit

One Arts Major Unit

Year 4

Autumn session

102432Creative TEAMS 2

One Arts Major Unit

Two Creative Industries Major Units

Spring session

102433Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship

One Arts Major Unit

Two Creative Industries Major Units

Spring (Mid-Year) Commencement

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

Full-time

Year 1

Spring session

BA Core unit (Level 1)

BA Core unit (Level 1)

BA Core unit (Level 1)

One Creative Industries Introduction to Major Unit

Autumn session

BA Core unit (Level 1)

200912Enterprise Leadership
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 Arts Major Unit

Year 2

Spring session

200910Financing Enterprises

One Arts Sub-major Unit

One Creative Industries Major Unit

One Arts Major Unit

Autumn session

One Arts Sub-major Unit

One Creative Industries Major Unit

Two Arts Major Units

Year 3

Spring session

102431Creative TEAMS 1

One Arts Sub-major Unit

One Creative Industries Major Unit

One Arts Major Unit

Autumn session

200911Enterprise Innovation and Markets
102432Creative TEAMS 2

One Arts Sub-major Unit

One Creative Industries Major Unit

Year 4

Spring session

102433Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship

One Arts Sub-major Unit

Two Creative Industries Major Units

Autumn session

Two Arts Major Units

Two Creative Industries Major Units

Arts Majors

Students cannot undertake a Major in the same subject area as their Core Sub- major for this double degree.

Note: Several specialisations are available in both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Industries major pools; whilst students must select 2 different majors for this double degree, the program has been structured so that, after selecting the Bachelor of Arts major, students may choose to also undertake another of the Arts majors in the Creative Industries should they wish to (M1053 English, M1113 Creative Writing, M1052 Cultural and Social Analysis or M1109 Digital Cultures) Students completing another Arts major for the Creative Industries component must complete the corresponding Introduction to Major unit in their first year.

The Bachelor of Arts major to be selected from the list below

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: Not all majors are available on all campuses

M1097Anthropology
M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1113Creative Writing
M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M2510Economy and Markets
M1053English
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M2513Global Business
M1077Heritage and Tourism
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1093Indonesian
M2514Innovation and Change
M1108International English

Please note: M1108 International English has been replaced by M1129 International English for students who commence this course from the 2019 academic year. Continuing students enrolled in M1108 are able to remain in and successfully complete the unit requirements of this specialisation.

M1129International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese
M1119Linguistics
M1114Musicology
M1115Music Performance
M2512Organisations and Work
M1083Peace and Development Studies
M1058Philosophy
M1110Psychological Studies
M1073Sociology

Creative Industries Majors

The Bachelor of Creative Industries major to be selected from the list below

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

Replaced Unit

The unit listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2019 or earlier.

101526 - Introduction to Sound Technologies



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