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Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Creative Industries

Approved Abbreviation: BComm/BCrInd


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1840.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 095718J


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.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2017 - 2020 - please refer to: 1840.1 Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Creative Industries

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 communications careers, 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).

  • Director of Academic Program - Jacki Montgomery

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 Communication and the Bachelor of Creative Industries are accredited by professional organisations including the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and the Media Foundation of Australia (MFA).

Admission

Students are admitted on the basis of their ATAR score.

Applicants wishing to pursue a specialisation in Music will be selected by one of three methods:

1. Attain an HSC Music result in band 4 or above. No audition is required.

2. Hold the following AMEB or equivalent (e.g. Trinity College) qualification:

a. PASS standard (minimum) of 6th Grade Performance (instrument or voice) AND

b. PASS standard (minimum) of 4th Grade musicianship and/or theory.

No audition is required.

3. Attend an audition in person as a performer and/or composer. Applicants applying as a composer will need to bring recordings and/or scores of original compositions to the audition. After applying to UAC or Directly to Western applicants are required to book an audition online.

Online audition booking system

If not auditioning, applicants wishing to pursue a Music specialisation will need to upload their supporting documentation (e.g. AMEB certificates demonstrating level of achievement in performance and musicianship and/or music theory).

All applicants

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

100556Introduction to Journalism
100706Advertising: An Introduction
100212Public Relations Theory and Practice
101907Introduction to Literary Studies
102436Creative Writing: The Imaginative Life
102825Introduction to Screen Media
102913Introduction to Culture and Society
200585Organisational Behaviour
200977Fundamentals of Australian Law
101922Web and Time-based Design
102263Image Design
102558Music Production

Equivalent Unit

The unit listed below counts as an Introduction to Major Pool Unit for students who passed this unit in 2021 or earlier.

100897 - Everyday Life

Majors

Communication

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

M1121Advertising
M1067Journalism
M1135Screen Media
M1122Public Relations

Creative Industries

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

M1121Advertising
M1113Creative Writing
M1131Culture and Society
M1109Digital Cultures
M1053English
M2511Enterprise Innovation
M1116Graphic Design
M1067Journalism
M2515Law and the Creative Industries
M1135Screen Media
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.

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

101920Writing Ecologies
101926Media Cultures and Industries
102836Introduction to the Creative Industries

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
102836Introduction to the Creative Industries

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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