Bachelor of Media and Communications

Why study the Bachelor of Media and Communications at UNE?

This course provides up-to-date knowledge of the rapidly changing field of media and communications. It includes film studies, from Australian cinema to Hollywood; television studies; news media; children's media; advertising; digital and social media; screen adaptations; creative and professional writing; and publishing and editing. Students choose to major in 'Media and Culture' or 'Writing and Publishing'. The course develops skills in media research, writing and digital communications, which are relevant to further studies and today's changing workplaces.

No core, prescribed or listed units of the Bachelor of Media and Communications are offered in Trimester 3. For the Media and Culture major and the Writing and Publishing major, students can commence the course in Trimester 3 by taking electives, if they are available.

Graduates who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Media and Communications may, on the recommendation of the head of school, continue to an honours year. The honours program shall include advanced coursework and a dissertation.

Career Opportunities

Examples include journalism, radio and television, marketing communications, advertising, public relations, corporate writing, public sector research and administration, communications strategy.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2016 ATAR / OP

72.55 / 12

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation BMediaComm
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 038717E
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
2016 ATAR 72.55
2016 OP 12
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on-campus by Early Entry or through UAC or QTAC

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New domestic students to UNE apply to study off-campus direct to UNE

Former and current domestic UNE students apply to study on campus or off campus direct to UNE

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Academic Colours

White (BCC 1)

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level and at least 36 credit points at 300-level, with a maximum of 12 credit points at 400-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 24 cps
One Approved Major 54 cps
Elective Units 66 cps
Total 144 cps

Approved Majors

Media and Culture
Writing and Publishing

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements including one approved major shall be awarded the Bachelor of Media and Communications.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Arts on completion of 48 credit points. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Diploma in Arts must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Bachelor of Media and Communications. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Advanced Diploma in Arts on completion of 72 credit points, including 36 credit points at 200/300-level. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Advanced Diploma in Arts must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Bachelor of Media and Communications. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Procedures.

Course Aims

This course equips students with broad and coherent knowledge and skills in the rapidly changing field of media and communications. Students may choose a 'Media and Culture' or 'Writing and Publishing' major. They learn methods and techniques of film studies, television studies, news media, digital and social media, adaptation, creative and professional writing, and editing and publishing. The course enables students to apply knowledge and skills in professional work or further studies in media and communications.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent and in-depth knowledge of the disciplinary field of media and communications across local and global contexts, including the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques studied in this field;
  2. demonstrate knowledge and applied understanding of the disciplinary methods of media and communications, including its rationales, themes, concepts, theories and interdisciplinary dimensions;
  3. identify and apply appropriate research methods for gathering, interpreting, analysing and evaluating ideas and information from a variety of sources, and for developing and synthesising knowledge;
  4. select and use appropriate communication technologies, forms, styles and techniques to investigate problems and present ideas and arguments coherently for specific purposes and types of intended audience;
  5. adapt and apply knowledge and skills with initiative, to plan and develop projects, solve problems and make decisions in scholarship and/or professional practice; and
  6. work independently and collaboratively, with an understanding of social, cultural and ethical contexts in further learning and professional practice related to media and communications.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

The course equips students with advanced knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary field of Media and Communication Studies and its underlying principles, concepts and methods. Students develop the skills needed to analyse and contribute to local, national and international practices of media representation and communications, with an understanding of diverse cultural contexts and perspectives.

Communication Skills

The course develops advanced skills of writing, reading, listening and communicating ideas and arguments in diverse genres and contexts, and in forms ranging from print and screen to convergent digital media.

Problem Solving

The course enables students to identify, investigate and solve problems independently by exercising cognitive and technical skills of critical thinking, analysis and judgement.

Information Literacy

Students graduate from this course with a demonstrated ability to gather, analyse and evaluate information and ideas from a wide range of sources.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

The study of media representations, cultural perspectives and communication ethics provides students with a basis for ethical conduct and socially responsible participation in further learning and professional practice.

Lifelong Learning

The attainment of disciplinary knowledge and skills in media and communications provides graduates with the capacity for independent lifelong learning.

Independence and Collaboration

The course provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply constructive principles of team work and social interaction in diverse social contexts of communication. Students also engage in independent study throughout the course.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on-campus by Early Entry or through UAC or QTAC

For more information, click here

New domestic students to UNE apply to study off-campus direct to UNE

Former and current domestic UNE students apply to study on campus or off campus direct to UNE

For more information, click here

International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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