Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production)

Approved Abbreviation: BScrnMed(Arts&Prod)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1791.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089386G

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 2017 or later.

Commencement Year 2016 - 1791.1 Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production)

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.

The Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production) offers studies in a range of screen media skills and production practice fields. These include media, communications and arts as well as practical studies in media arts production, digital journalism, with study options also including sound technology and web and motion design. Teaching includes both theory and practice with reference to real world contexts highlighting future career opportunities in a convergent digital media world. Students undertake a major in Media Arts Production that covers a variety of digital platform production practices including short film, documentary, experimental, transmedia and TV. The interdisciplinary submajor in cultural and social analysis offers contemporary debates and methodologies in cultural studies and social theory. Topics include popular culture, cinema studies, everyday urban life, cultural and social impacts of scientific theories and new technologies and multiculturalism.

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. Students are encouraged to find their areas of interest through project work, and will exit the course with a portfolio of production outcomes that reflect their skills and expertise for employment in the communication industries as a screen production professional.

  • Director of Academic Program - Jacki Montgomery

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


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.

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.

Alternate Entry Pathway:

The exceptional merit pathway (EMP) will offer those students who demonstrate an aptitude and ability in Screen Media to receive a direct offer. Students will be required to present a portfolio, and take part in one or more workshops and/or submit a written assessment, in addition to participating in an interview, during one of a series of on-campus Young Creatives events. Successful completion of the EMP requirements will result in a direct entry offer for the following year. Though a non-ATAR pathway, eligibility to accept the direct offer will be contingent on the successful completion of the HSC. Students who participate in this program but do not qualify for a direct offer would be eligible for a conditional offer, with the additional requirement of an ATAR of 55+.

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 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students must enrol in and complete the Media Arts Production major and the Cultural and Social Analysis sub-major.

M1094Media Arts Production

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

SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis

The Cultural and Social Analysis sub-major requires the completion of two Level 1 units, 101979 - Understanding Visual Culture and 100897 - Everyday Life, which are included in the recommended sequence listed below. Students must also choose two Cultural and Social Analysis sub-major Level 2 or Level 3 units in Year 2 and Year 3 Spring session to meet the requirements of this sub-major.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

100556Introduction to Journalism
101926Media Cultures and Industries
101920Writing Ecologies
101979Understanding Visual Culture

Spring session

102421Data, Mediation, Power
101921Visual Storytelling
101927Foundations of Media Arts and Production
100897Everyday Life

Year 2

Autumn session

101928Media Law and Ethics
102406Screen and Sound Practices 1
101935Documentary Media

Choose one of

102061Feature Writing
102558Music Production
102062News Reporting
102697Pitch: Podcasting Essentials
102266Researching the Visual

Spring session

102407Screen and Sound Practices 2
102317Visual Effects

One Cultural and Social Analysis sub-major Level 2 or 3 unit

Choose one of

102705Communicating for Sustainability
102017Journalism: Research and Investigation
100953Photo Journalism
102759Sound Design and New Electronic Media
101922Web and Time-based Design

Year 3

Autumn session

102057Digital Journalism Production
102408TV Production 1

Choose one of

101938Media Arts Project
102780Personal Branding Strategies: Build and Manage Your Career Profile

Spring session

101931Media Memory
102409TV Production 2

One Cultural and Social Analysis sub-major Level 2 or 3 unit

Choose one of

101939Transmedia Production
102780Personal Branding Strategies: Build and Manage Your Career Profile

Media Arts Production Major

M1094Media Arts Production

Cultural and Social Analysis sub-major

SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis

Replaced Units

The units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2019 or earlier.

101526 - Introduction to Sound Technologies

101538 - Sound Synthesis and the Sound Enviroment

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