Bachelor of Communication (Dean's Scholars)

  • Effective from: 2017
  • Approved Abbreviation: BComm(DeansSchol)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1736
  • AQF Level: 7

This program applies to students who commenced in 2017 or later.

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

Commencement Year 2015-2016 - 1736.1 Bachelor of Communication (Dean's Scholars)

The Bachelor of Communication (Dean’s Scholars) 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.

This degree is exclusively for high-achieving students, and will continually challenge you to do even better and build on your academic success. Students in the Dean’s Scholars program are automatically enrolled in The Academy at Western Sydney University, which offers interdisciplinary leadership programs, professional development and local and international internship and engagement opportunities for students.

  • Director of Academic Program - Jacki Montgomery

Study Mode

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

Program Advice

Dr Myra Gurney

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
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Part Time Internal See above

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Communication (Dean’s Scholars) is 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.

Admission

Students are admitted on the basis of their ATAR score. ATAR score of at least 90 required.

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.

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

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

The Bachelor of Communication (Dean’s Scholars) is a three year degree. The course has four major sequences in Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Screen Media, from which students select one at the end of their first year.  Each of the major sequences is also available as a minor.

Majors

Students must select from one of the following majors.

Minors

Students may also elect to take a minor in one of the four major sequences.

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

Elective Minors

Students in Advanced programs may use elective subjects toward obtaining an additional approved minor in Applied Leadership or Critical Thinking.

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Minor elective studies may include one of the following.

Inherent Requirements

The following minors have inherent requirements that must be met in order to complete the minor:  Arabic, Chinese and Japanese. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for these majors and minors online.

Inherent Requirements

Arabic, Minor
Chinese, Minor
Creative Writing, Minor
Culture and Society, Minor
Digital Cultures, Minor
English, Minor
History and Political Thought, Minor
Indigenous Australian Studies, Minor
International English, Minor
International Relations and Asian Studies, Minor
Islamic Studies, Minor
Japanese, Minor
Linguistics, Minor
Musicology, Minor
Music Performance Studies, Minor
Philosophy, Minor
Psychological Studies, Minor

Replaced Majors and Minors

The majors and minors listed below count towards completion of this program for students who began studying these majors and minors prior to the years indicated below.

M1094 Media Arts Production, Major, replaced by Screen Media, Major in 2021 (listed above).

SM1113 Media Arts Production, Minor, replaced by Screen Media, Minor in 2021 (listed above).
SM1070 Cultural and Social Analysis, Minor, replaced by Culture and Society, Minor in 2020 (listed above).
SM1072 History and Political Thought, Minor, replaced by History and Political Thought, Minor in 2020 (listed above).
SM1120 International English, Minor, replaced by SM1132 International English, Minor in 2018.
SM1132 International English, Minor, replacedy by International English, Minor in 2020 (listed above).

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
COMM 1032 Writing Ecologies 10
COMM 1039 Introduction to Screen Media 10
MKTG 1001 Advertising: An Introduction 10
COMM 1020 Media Cultures and Industries 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMM 1012 Data, Mediation, Power 10
MKTG 1009 Public Relations Theory and Practice 10
COMM 1018 Introduction to Journalism 10
DESN 1018 Visual Storytelling 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
COMM 2024 Media Law and Ethics 10
Select two subjects from a selected major 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMM 2032 Professional Writing and Editing 10
Select two subjects from a selected major 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
COMM 3008 Communication Research Project 10
Select two subjects from a selected major 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMM 3022 Media Memory 10
Select two subjects from a selected major 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
COMM 1012 Data, Mediation, Power 10
MKTG 1009 Public Relations Theory and Practice 10
COMM 1018 Introduction to Journalism 10
DESN 1018 Visual Storytelling 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
COMM 1032 Writing Ecologies 10
COMM 1039 Introduction to Screen Media 10
MKTG 1001 Advertising: An Introduction 10
COMM 1020 Media Cultures and Industries 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
COMM 2032 Professional Writing and Editing 10
Select two subjects from a selected major 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
COMM 2024 Media Law and Ethics 10
Select two subjects from a selected major 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
COMM 3022 Media Memory 10
Select two subjects from a selected major 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
COMM 3008 Communication Research Project 10
Select two subjects from a selected major 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Equivalent Core Subject

The subject listed below counts towards completion of this program for students who passed this subject in 2020 or earlier. 

COMM 1015 Foundations of Media Arts and Production, replace by COMM 1039 Introduction to Screen Media

Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Search for minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

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