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M35 Bachelor of Communications

The School of Communications and Contemporary Arts offers a course designed to enable students to succeed in today’s rapidly changing society. Its undergraduate program focuses on the theoretical and practical dimensions of communication and includes nine major streams of study comprising Advertising,  Journalism, Mass Communication, Media & Cultural Studies, Performance Writing & Criticism, Public Relations, Screen Studies and Scriptwriting. The School offers students a caring, supportive environment with expert staff who are committed to quality teaching and research. The undergraduate program comprises 24 units and normally requires three years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) to complete. However, exemptions may be granted to students who have successfully studied in another program allowing for more rapid completion of the course.


Standard University Admission requirements apply.

This course is available on Mt Lawley Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

The Bachelor of Communications aims to provide graduates with a range of Communications skills, and to prepare them for work in Communications professions. Students specialise by taking either one or two majors from a choice of:



Mass Communication

Media & Cultural Studies

Performance Writing & Criticism

Public Relations

Screen Studies

The course studies both theoretical and practical elements of Communications.


The Bachelor of Communications degree is a 24 unit, 360 credit point, three year full-time award which may be studied in part-time mode.


The degree has three main components:

  1. a foundation program of four units and four electives, completed in first year
  2. a Major program consisting of eight units in a specialised area (listed above)
  3. a supplementary program consisting of eight units comprising:


  • a second Major from the Bachelor of Communications or from outside the School
  • a Minor study from outside the School, plus electives;
  • an elective program of eight units.


Whatever pattern students choose:

  • normally no more than ten of the units studied should be at first year level;
  • at least four units must be at third year level;
  • the Screen Studies major is only available to Screen Academy students.
Students must complete the following core units:
CMM1101 Reading Media Texts 15
CMM1108 Communications and Digital Technology 15
CMM1109 Cyberculture Studies 15
CMM1113 Media and Social Context 15
Students must complete 60CP from the following:
CMM1104 Writing for the Media 15
CMM1105 Study Skills 15
CCA1103 Creativity: Theory, Practice and History 15
CMM1112 Communication Strategies 15
FAV1101 Introduction to Digital Video 15
IMM1121 Digital Photomedia 15
IMM1122 Publishing on the World Wide Web 15
PHO1105 Photo Work 15
Elective 1 from outside school (15CP)
Elective 2 from outside school (15CP)
In the second year, students embark on their Major programs. Major programs consist of 120CP (8 units) worth of study. Students must complete one or two Major programs within the School of Communications&Contemporary Arts.
MAADVTAdvertising Major
MAJOUJournalism Major
MACMASMass Communication Major
MAMECLMedia and Cultural Studies Major
MAPWCPerformance Writing and Criticism Major
MAPRPublic Relations Major
MAAAAEScreen Studies Major
MAAABMScriptwriting Major
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 30/09/2006 VET: 30/09/2006