Course

Bachelor of Communication

Approved Abbreviation: BComm


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1696.2

CRICOS Code: 074452D


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing 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 2013 or later.

Commencement Year 2012 - 1696.1 Bachelor of Communication

Commencement Year 2010 and 2011 - 1613.4 Bachelor of Communication

The Bachelor of Communication encompasses a range of studies in the fields of communication, media and design including specialised studies in the major fields of Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Media Arts Production. Teaching includes both theory and practice with reference to real world contexts highlighting future career opportunities in a convergent digital world. Through classwork, independent study and engagement with the multicultural nature of our communities, students develop an understanding of the local and international relevance of their chosen studies, with opportunities to develop and produce a range of media outcomes as applied research and professional projects throughout their studies. 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.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Rachel Bentley

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Milissa DeitzenquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta CampusFull TimeExternal See above
Parramatta CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
The Bachelor of Communication is accredited by professional organisations including the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and the Media Federation of Australia (MFA).

Admission

Students are admitted on the basis of their ATAR score.

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/

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

http://pubsites.uws.edu.au/international/

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Communication is a three year degree with an additional year for Honours. The course has four major sequences in Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Media Arts Production from which students select one at the end of their first year and each of the major sequences is also available as a sub-major.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

101920.2Writing Ecologies
101927.1Foundations of Media Arts and Production
100706.2Advertising: An Introduction
101926.2Media Cultures and Industries

Spring session

101925.1Mediated Mobilities
100212.2Public Relations Theory and Practice
100556.2Introduction to Journalism
101921.1Visual Storytelling

Year 2

Autumn session

101928.3Media Law and Ethics

Two units from a selected major

And one elective

Spring session

101929.1Professional Writing and Editing

Two units from a selected major

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

101930.2Communication Research Project

Two units from a selected major

And one elective

Spring session

101931.1Media Memory

Two units from a selected major

And one elective

Majors

Students must select from one of the following majors

Note: The following Majors and Sub-majors have inherent requirements, M160 - Chinese, M1062 - Japanese, SM1078 - Chinese, & SM1080 - Japanese, Please see the link below:

Inherent Requirements

M1064.1Advertising
M1067.1Journalism
M1066.1Media Arts Production
M1065.1Public Relations

Sub-majors

Students may also elect to take a sub-major in one of the four major sequences

SM1085.1Advertising
SM1088.1Journalism
SM1087.1Media Arts Production
SM1086.1Public Relations

Please note the Media Arts Production major/sub-major is only available at the Penrith campus. Students based at Parramatta campus are required to submit rule waivers to complete the units from this major/sub-major at the Penrith campus.

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points). The University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Sub-Major elective studies may include the following major areas

Note: The Sub-majors in a Language have inherent requirements - Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian. Please see the link below:

Inherent Requirements

SM1077.1Arabic
SM1078.1Chinese
SM1070.1Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1071.1English
SM1072.1History and Political Thought
SM1049.1Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1112.1Indonesian
SM1073.1International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074.1Islamic Studies
SM1080.1Japanese
SM1075.1Linguistics
SM1076.1Philosophy
SM1069.1Psychological Studies

Note: not all Sub-majors are available on all campuses, and enrolment may be subject to pre-requisite unit study. Students are advised to seek advice from their Academic Course Adviser for Sub-major elective options.

Search for a sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)



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