Course

Diploma in Communication/Bachelor of Communication

Approved Abbreviation: DipComm/BComm


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6007.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096970M


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


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 media 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.

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 Communication.

Bachelor of Communication

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
College AdminAdminApp@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above

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

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 at IELTS 6.0 equivalent 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 at IELTS 6.0 equivalent 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.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Nirimba, Bankstown and Penrith Campus

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

Full-time

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)
700088Advertising: An Introduction (WSTC)
700090Public Relations Theory and Practice (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 Two 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 One before progressing to the Year Two units.

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.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Communication.

Bachelor of Communication

Parramatta (Victoria Road) and Penrith Campus

Year 2

Autumn session

101928Media Law and Ethics

Two units from a selected major

And one elective

Spring session

101929Professional Writing and Editing

Two units from a selected major

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

101930Communication Research Project

Two units from a selected major

And one elective

Spring session

101931Media Memory

Two units from a selected major

And one elective

Majors

M1121Advertising
M1067Journalism
M1094Media Arts Production
M1122Public Relations

Sub-majors

SM1123Advertising
SM1088Journalism
SM1113Media Arts Production
SM1122Public Relations

Note: Please plan enrolment in sub-major units carefully - units at Level 2 and Level 3 may have pre-requisites. Students should consult their Academic Course Advisors if they require further information.

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

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

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