Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts and Production)

  • Effective from: 2021
  • Approved Abbreviation: BScrnMed(Arts&Prod)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1791
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089386G

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: 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.

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

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.

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

Students must enrol in and complete the Screen Media major.

The Screen Media major requires the completion of eight subjects 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

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
COMM 1039 Introduction to Screen Media 10
COMM 1041 Screen Media Fundamentals 10
DESN 1009 Graphic Design: Understanding the Principles 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMM 1037 Digital Narrative 10
COMM 2051 Animation and Visual Effects 10
COMM 1018 Introduction to Journalism 10
DESN 1021 Web and Time-based Design 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
COMM 2053 Narrative: Fictional Screen Media 10
COMM 2052 Documentary: Factual Screen Media 10
Students must follow either the Design stream or Journalism stream 20
Design Stream:  
Graphic Design: Interactive Digital Media  
Journalism Stream:  
Feature Writing  
News Reporting  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMM 3047 Episodic Screen Media 10
COMM 3048 Immersive Screen Media 10
Students must follow either the Design stream or Journalism stream 20
Design Stream:  
Interactive Design: Apps  
Data Visualisation  
Journalism Stream:  
News Teams  
Select one of the following:  
Photo Journalism  
Journalism: Research and Investigation  
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
COMM 3049 Screen Media: Capstone Development 10
COMM 2024 Media Law and Ethics 10
Students must follow either the Design stream or Journalism stream 20
Design Stream:  
Interactive Design: Games  
Motion Design  
Journalism Stream:  
Digital Journalism Production  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMM 3050 Screen Media: Capstone Production 10
Select one of the following: 10
Internship  
Personal Branding Strategies: Build and Manage Your Career Profile  
Two elective subjects 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240