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Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production)

Approved Abbreviation: BScrnMed(Arts&Prod)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1791.3

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 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: 1791.2 Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production)

For Commencement Year 2016, please refer to: 1791.1 Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production

The Bachelor of Screen Media degree is hands-on and future-focused. This comprehensive program mirrors the growth of screen content as an industry, an art form and a means of global communication. You will learn to apply independent thinking and creativity to the latest storytelling techniques, and develop your craft in high-end studio and editing facilities. Award-winning academics will work with you to develop conceptual, storytelling and technical skills that cover the breadth of film, television, online and interactive media. You’ll develop the skills to oversee the complete production of a screen media project, from developing creative ideas, to identifying funding sources, organising workflows, scoping production, collaborating with the different roles on a set, producing and editing content, and finally, marketing the finished product.

This program integrates theory and practice in a way that helps build critical thinking and creative problem-solving, which will enhance your approach to creating unique content and responding to real client briefs. In your first year, you will develop fundamental skills and knowledge in screen media. In your second and third years, you will build on your screen media skills and choose either the Design stream (to enhance visual and interactive skills) or the Journalism stream (to complement your investigative, storytelling and documentary skills). Throughout the degree, you will have opportunities to attend industry events and network with Australia’s most successful practitioners. When you graduate, you will be equipped with a web-based professional portfolio to showcase your skills and expertise, and will be prepared for a bright future in the screen content/communication industry.

  • Director of Academic Program - Jacki Montgomery

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


Students are admitted on the basis of their ATAR score.

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.

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 Screen Media major.

M1135Screen Media

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

Students must follow either the Journalism stream or Design stream from year 2 onwards.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

102825Introduction to Screen Media
102826Screen Media Fundamentals
102261Graphic Design: Understanding the Principles

Spring session

102827Digital Narrative
102828Animation and Visual Effects
100556Introduction to Journalism
101922Web and Time-based Design

Year 2

Autumn session

102829Narrative: Fictional Screen Media
102830Documentary: Factual Screen Media

Design Stream:

102265Graphic Design: Interactive Digital Media

Journalism Stream:

102061Feature Writing
102062News Reporting

Spring session

102831Episodic Screen Media
102832Immersive Screen Media

Design Stream:

102267Interactive Design: Apps
102269Data Visualisation

Journalism Stream:

102063News Teams

Choose one of

100953Photo Journalism
102017Journalism: Research and Investigation

Year 3

Autumn session

102833Screen Media: Capstone Development
101928Media Law and Ethics

Design Stream:

102272Interactive Design: Games
102273Motion Design

Journalism Stream:

102057Digital Journalism Production

Spring session

102834Screen Media: Capstone Production

Choose one of

102780Personal Branding Strategies: Build and Manage Your Career Profile

And two elective units

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