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Diploma in Communication/Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production)

Approved Abbreviation: DComm/BScrMedArtProd


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6015.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096974G


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


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is Term 2, 2019 or later.

For commencement Year 2017 to Term 1, 2019 - 6015.1 - Diploma in Communication/Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production)

The B Screen Media (Arts and Production) offers studies in a range of screen media skills and production practice fields. These include media, communications and arts as well as practical studies in media arts production, digital journalism, with study options also including sound technology and web and motion design. Teaching includes both theory and practice with reference to real world contexts highlighting future career opportunities in a convergent digital media world. Students undertake a major in Media Arts Production that covers a variety of digital platform production practices including short film, documentary, experimental, transmedia and TV. The interdisciplinary sub-major in cultural and social analysis offers contemporary debates and methodologies in cultural studies and social theory. Topics include popular culture, cinema studies, everyday urban life, cultural and social impacts of scientific theories and new technologies and multiculturalism.

Through self-directed, team-based and problem-based learning strategies requiring active participation in the community and professional contexts, graduates learn to reflect and value ethical and intellectual conduct as well as respect for diversity and social justice principles. Students are encouraged to find their areas of interest through project work, and will exit the course with a portfolio of production outcomes that reflect their skills and expertise for employment in the communication industries as a screen production professional.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Communication exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production).

Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production)

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Course Advice

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

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) or
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, OR
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band OR
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass OR
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher OR
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement OR
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 260 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

The early exit College Diploma consists of 100 credit points which includes three College Preparatory units.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Bankstown, Penrith and Nirimba Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Year 1

Preparatory units

700056Academic English (WSTC Prep)
700192Texts and Communication (WSTC Prep)
700176Tertiary Study Skills in Communication (WSTC Prep)

Students must pass the following University level units

700178Writing Ecologies (WSTC)
700179Foundations of Media Arts and Production (WSTC)
700180Media Cultures and Industries (WSTC)
700269Data, Mediation and Power (WSTC)
700182Introduction to Journalism (WSTC)
700183Visual Storytelling (WSTC)
700135Everyday Life (WSTC)
700187Web and Time-based Design (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Communication following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress onto Year 2 may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year Two units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year 1 before progressing to the Year 2 units.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production).

Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production)

Parramatta (Victoria Road) Campus

Students must complete the Media Arts Production major.

M1094Media Arts Production

Students must also choose two Cultural and Social Analysis sub major Level 2 or level 3 units in Year 2 and Year 3 Spring session.

SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis

Year 2

Autumn session

101979Understanding Visual Culture
101928Media Law and Ethics
102406Screen and Sound Practices 1
101935Documentary Media

Spring session

102407Screen and Sound Practices 2
102317Visual Effects

One Cultural and Social Analysis sub-major Level 2 or 3 unit

Choose one of

102017Journalism: Research and Investigation
100953Photo Journalism
102759Sound Design and New Electronic Media
102705Communicating for Sustainability

Year 3

Autumn session

102057Digital Journalism Production
102408TV Production 1

Choose one of

101938Media Arts Project
101173Internship
102780Personal Branding Strategies: Build and Manage Your Career Profile

Spring session

101931Media Memory
102409TV Production 2

One Cultural and Social Analysis sub-major Level 2 or 3 unit

Choose one of

101939Transmedia Production
101173Internship
102780Personal Branding Strategies: Build and Manage Your Career Profile

Replaced Units

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

101538 - Sound Synthesis and the Sound Environment



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