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Diploma in Communication/Bachelor of Creative Industries

Approved Abbreviation: DipComm/BCreatInd


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6009.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096971K


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 2017 to 2020 please refer to 6009.1 - Diploma in Communication/Bachelor of Creative Industries

The Bachelor of Creative Industries is an interdisciplinary degree, with a core drawn from communication, design, law and business. It brings together major studies in creative disciplines, including Design, Creative Writing and Journalism, with studies in the business and legal aspects of working in the Creative Industries. Graduates will have the skills to manage creative enterprises and turn innovative new ideas into commercial operations. This degree offers creative people a deep understanding of how creative industries operate along with business and legal acumen. The Bachelor of Creative Industries is built around collaboration and co-working with creative industries located in Greater Western Sydney (GWS).

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 Bachelor of Creative Industries.

Bachelor of Creative Industries

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
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

Accreditation
The Bachelor of Creative Industries (PR) is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).

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.

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

Full-time

Year 1

First Term of Study

700324Communication Practices (WSTC Prep)
700056Academic English (WSTC Prep)
700180Media Cultures and Industries (WSTC)

Second Term of Study

700178Writing Ecologies (WSTC)
700252Enterprise Leadership (WSTC)

And one of the following Introduction to Major units:

700325Introduction to Screen Media (WSTC)
700196Image Design (WSTC)
700088Advertising: An Introduction (WSTC)
700031Organisational Behaviour (WSTC)

Third Term of Study

700269Data, Mediation and Power (WSTC)
700183Visual Storytelling (WSTC)
700253Financing Enterprises (WSTC)

And one of the following Introduction to Major units:

700182Introduction to Journalism (WSTC)
700090Public Relations Theory and Practice (WSTC)
700288Introduction to Literary Studies (WSTC)
700135Everyday Life (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 One before progressing to the Year Two 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.

Students must complete

  • Twelve compulsory core units (six having been completed in year one)
  • Two units from the Introduction to Major units pool
  • One Major or two Sub-majors

Note: The recommended sequence is subject to variation based on the student’s nominated specialisation.

Majors

M1121Advertising
M1131Culture and Society
M1109Digital Cultures
M1053English
M2511Enterprise Innovation
M1116Graphic Design
M1067Journalism
M1122Public Relations
M1135Screen Media

Sub-majors

SM1123Advertising
SM1138Culture and Society
SM1117Digital Cultures
SM1071English
SM1118Graphic Design
SM1088Journalism
SM1122Public Relations
SM1143Screen Media

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.

Western Sydney University Units

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

Bachelor of Creative Industries

Year 2

Autumn session

102836Introduction to the Creative Industries
101928Media Law and Ethics

Two units from a selected major or sub-major

Spring session

102431Creative TEAMS 1

Two units from a selected major or sub-major

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

200911Enterprise Innovation and Markets
102432Creative TEAMS 2

Two units from a selected major or sub-major

Spring session

102433Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship

Two units from a selected major or sub-major

And one elective



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