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

Approved Abbreviation: DComm/BScrMedArtProd


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6015.3

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 2021 or later.

For commencement Year Term 2, 2019 to 2020 - 6015.2 - Diploma in Communication/Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production)

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

The Bachelor of Screen Media degree is hands-on and future-focused. This comprehensive program mirrors the growth of screen content as an industry, an art form and a means of global communication. You will learn to apply independent thinking and creativity to the latest storytelling techniques, and develop your craft in high-end studio and editing facilities. Award-winning academics will work with you to develop conceptual, storytelling and technical skills that cover the breadth of film, television, online and interactive media. You’ll develop the skills to oversee the complete production of a screen media project, from developing creative ideas, to identifying funding sources, organising workflows, scoping production, collaborating with the different roles on a set, producing and editing content, and finally, marketing the finished product.

This program integrates theory and practice in a way that helps build critical thinking and creative problem-solving, which will enhance your approach to creating unique content and responding to real client briefs. In your first year, you will develop fundamental skills and knowledge in screen media. In your second and third years, you will build on your screen media skills and choose either the Design stream (to enhance visual and interactive skills) or the Journalism stream (to complement your investigative, storytelling and documentary skills).Throughout the degree, you will have opportunities to attend industry events and network with Australia’s most successful practitioners. When you graduate, you will be equipped with a web-based professional portfolio to showcase your skills and expertise, and will be prepared for a bright future in the screen content/communication industry.

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 Course EnquiriesAdminApp@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

Domestic students are required to have:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, OR
  • Completed an English unit at a pass level or above 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:

  • 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.

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 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 two College Preparatory units.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Term 1 Intake

Year 1

First Term of Study

700056Academic English (WSTC Prep)
700324Communication Practices (WSTC Prep)
700325Introduction to Screen Media (WSTC)

Second Term of Study

700193Graphic Design: Understanding the Principles (WSTC)
700326Screen Media Fundamentals (WSTC)

Third Term of Study

700187Web and Time-based Design (WSTC)
700182Introduction to Journalism (WSTC)
700327Digital Narrative (WSTC)
700328Animation and Visual Effects (WSTC)

Term 2 Intake

Year 1

First Term of Study

700056Academic English (WSTC Prep)
700326Screen Media Fundamentals (WSTC)
700324Communication Practices (WSTC Prep)

Second Term of Study

700182Introduction to Journalism (WSTC)
700327Digital Narrative (WSTC)
700328Animation and Visual Effects (WSTC)

Third Term of Study

700193Graphic Design: Understanding the Principles (WSTC)
700187Web and Time-based Design (WSTC)
700325Introduction to Screen Media (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.

Qualification for this award then requires the successful completion of a further 160 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

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 Screen Media major.

M1135Screen Media

The Screen Media major requires the completion of eight units which are included in the recommended sequence listed below.

Students must follow either the Journalism stream or Design stream from year 2 onwards.

Recommended sequence

Year 2

Autumn session

101938Media Arts Project
101935Documentary Media

Design stream:

102265Graphic Design: Interactive Digital Media

Journalism stream:

102061Feature Writing
102062News Reporting

Spring session

102408TV Production 1
102780Personal Branding Strategies: Build and Manage Your Career Profile

Design stream:

102267Interactive Design: Apps
102269Data Visualisation

Journalism stream:

100953Photo Journalism
102017Journalism: Research and Investigation

Year 3

Autumn session

101939Transmedia Production
101928Media Law and Ethics

Design stream:

102272Interactive Design: Games
102273Motion Design

Journalism stream:

102057Digital Journalism Production

Spring session

102409TV Production 2
101173Internship

And two elective units



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