Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Creative Industries

  • Effective from: 2021
  • Approved Abbreviation: BComm/BCrInd
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1840
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 095718J

This program applies to students who commenced in 2021 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

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.

Program Advice

Dr Nicole Bridges

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal 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).

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 program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below 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

Admission

Students are admitted on the basis of their ATAR score.

Applicants wishing to pursue a major 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 major 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 may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local 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 students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the 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.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students must complete

  • 80 credit points of Communication core subjects (which includes one Introduction to Major Pool subject)
  • 80 credit points of Creative Industries core subjects (which includes one Introduction to Major Pool subject)
  • 80 credit point Communication Major
  • 80 credit point Creative Industries Major

Introduction to Major Subject Pool

Students select two of the following subjects as their Introduction to Major Subjects

  • One subject which corresponds to the Communication major selected and
  • One subject which corresponds to the Creative Industries major selected
Subject Title Credit Points
MKTG 1001Advertising: An Introduction10
COMM 1010Creative Writing: The Imaginative Life10
HUMN 1066Introduction to Culture and Society10
LAWS 1003Fundamentals of Australian Law10
DESN 1011Image Design10
COMM 1018Introduction to Journalism10
LANG 1015Introduction to Literary Studies10
COMM 1039Introduction to Screen Media10
PERF 1014Music Production10
BUSM 1026Organisational Behaviour10
MKTG 1009Public Relations Theory and Practice10
DESN 1021Web and Time-based Design10

Equivalent Subjects

The subject listed below counts towards completion of the Introduction to Major Pool Subject for students who passed this subject in 2021 or earlier. 

HUMN 1017 - Everyday Life, replaced by HUMN 1066 Introduction to Culture and Society

Majors

Communication

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

Creative Industries

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

Note: Each major must have no more than three Level 1 subjects (including the introduction to major subject) and a minimum of three Level 3 subjects)

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

Recommended sequence subject to variation based on the students nominated Creative Industries major.

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
COMM 1032 Writing Ecologies 10
COMM 1020 Media Cultures and Industries 10
COMM 1036 Introduction to the Creative Industries 10
Select one Communication introduction to major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMM 1012 Data, Mediation, Power 10
BUSM 1010 Financing Enterprises 10
DESN 1018 Visual Storytelling 10
Select one Creative Industries Introduction to major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
COMM 2024 Media Law and Ethics 10
Select one Communication major subject 10
Select two Creative Industries major subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
BUSM 1008 Enterprise Leadership 10
COMM 2032 Professional Writing and Editing 10
Select one Communication major subject 10
Select one Creative Industries major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
Select two Communication major subjects 20
Select two Creative Industries major subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMM 3011 Creative TEAMS 1 10
Select two Communication major subjects 20
Select one Creative Industries major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 4
Autumn session
BUSM 1006 Enterprise Innovation and Markets 10
COMM 3012 Creative TEAMS 2 10
Select one Communication major subject 10
Select one Creative Industries major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMM 3022 Media Memory 10
COMM 3010 Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship 10
Select one Communication major subject 10
Select one Creative Industries major subject 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points320

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
COMM 1012 Data, Mediation, Power 10
BUSM 1010 Financing Enterprises 10
DESN 1018 Visual Storytelling 10
Select one Creative Industries Introduction to major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
COMM 1032 Writing Ecologies 10
COMM 1020 Media Cultures and Industries 10
COMM 1036 Introduction to the Creative Industries 10
Select one Communication introduction to major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
BUSM 1008 Enterprise Leadership 10
COMM 2032 Professional Writing and Editing 10
Select one Communication major subject 10
Select one Creative Industries major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
Select two Communication major subjects 20
Select two Creative Industries major subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
BUSM 1006 Enterprise Innovation and Markets 10
COMM 3011 Creative TEAMS 1 10
Select one Communication major subject 10
Select one Creative Industries major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
COMM 2024 Media Law and Ethics 10
COMM 3012 Creative TEAMS 2 10
Select one Communication major subject 10
Select one Creative Industries major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 4
Spring session
COMM 3022 Media Memory 10
COMM 3010 Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship 10
Select one Communication major subject 10
Select one Creative Industries major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
Select two Communication major subjects 20
Select two Creative Industries major subjects 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points320