ATAR cut-off
71.20
81.35 (Median ATAR)
N/A
About ATARs
International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 11496
CRICOS code: 000326M

Program handbook

Description

Communication is a global industry that has significant cultural and commercial impact throughout the world. You will need to display initiative and persistence, produce thoughtful and creative work, and be highly motivated. You will learn how to rely on your own efforts and how to both negotiate and contribute to working within team environments.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Acquiring discipline knowledge of communication theories for media industries.
  • Demonstrate written and/or oral skills appropriate for academic and professional practice.
  • Information literacy: expanding understandings of professional communication and media industry terminology, processes and practices.
  • Critically apply discipline knowledge: developing skills using communication processes and technologies to create professional media products/outputs.
  • Engage with ethical and interdisciplinary issues: develop an objective attitude to community dilemmas and sensitivity towards complex social issues.
  • Capacity for analytical thinking: critiquing communication environments and processes to address multi-faceted communication issues.
  • Critically reflect on professional judgement: applying creative problem-solving techniques including understandings of effective collaboration and teamwork.

Details

Information correct as at25th May 2017 8:55am
Program code11496
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
ATAR (2016)
LocationCut-offMedian
Callaghan Campus71.2081.35

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Assumed knowledgeA command of written and spoken English equivalent to that found in students exiting the New South Wales High School Certificate (HSC) at a pass level is assumed knowledge.
Term typeSemesters and Trimesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Business School
  2. School of Creative Industries
  3. School of Humanities and Social Science
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code000326M

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available here.  Admission information for international is available here. You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Check your eligibility here.

Entry to the University of Newcastle degree programs offered in Singapore are based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirement. More information regarding our partner PSB Academy at the following website: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/campus/singapore/

Mid-year admission:

In some instances, mid-year admissions may extend the duration of the program due to the requirement to complete sequential courses.  However, for many students, it will still be possible to complete within the 3 years minimum timeframe.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6.0.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 8 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.


Professional recognition

Public Relations Institute of Australia

The Public Relations major of the Bachelor of Communication was accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) in August 2012. Students who complete the Bachelor of Communication with the Public Relations major as revised in 2012 will graduate with a degree accredited by PRIA. The pre-2012 program structure does not have PRIA accreditation.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

240 units

Program duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program requirements

The degree is undertaken over three years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) and requires students to pass courses totaling 240 units. Most courses have a value of 10 units.

These 240 units must comprise the following:

  • 80 units of Core Courses (compulsory) as listed; plus
  • A major consisting of 80 units of compulsory or directed (chosen from a list). There are four majors from which to choose; plus
  • 80 units of elective courses, chosen from any unrestricted course offered at the University.

In addition:

  • No more than 100 units of all courses must be at 1000 level, and
  • At least 60 units of all courses must be at 3000 level.
  • A second major may be taken. In a program including a double major, each major must have at least 60 units that are not counted towards the other major.

Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Additional documents


Transition arrangements

The program was revised in 2016, and amendments were made for implementation 2017.  FMCS2000 was removed from the core and added to the Media Studies major.  CMNS2800 was removed from the Media Studies major and added to the core.  The following transition arrangements apply to students who commenced the program prior to 2017:

  • Students who commenced the Bachelor of Communication prior to 2017 who have completed FMCS2000 Media Structures and Practices will include this course in their core. CMNS2800 Creative Industries Entrepreneurship may be taken as an elective or, for students in the Media Studies major, as one of their Directed Courses.
  • Students who commenced the Bachelor of Communication prior to 2017 who have completed CMNS2800 Creative Industries Entrepreneurship AND FMCS2000 Media Structures and Practices will be able to include either in their core. The course not included in the student’s core will either be included as an elective or, for students in the Media Studies major, as one of their Directed Courses.
  • Students who commenced the Bachelor of Communication prior to 2017 who have not done FMCS2000 must do CMNS2800 as part of their core.
  • Students who enrol from 2017 will not be affected.

 


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete all the following core courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS1000Introduction to Digital Communication
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1230Foundations of Media Production
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1234Introduction to Communication Theory
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS2600Audience Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2720Media, Law, Ethics
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2800Creative Industries Entrepreneurship
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3270Communication and Discourse
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3310Communication, Creativity & Cultural Production
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Journalism major

Compulsory Courses

Complete all of the following compulsory courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS1280Introduction to Journalism
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2280Feature Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS2300Radio Journalism
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS3320International Media Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3333Television Journalism
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3420Journalism
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3500Communication Professional Placement
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3520Public Affairs and Communication
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Media Production major

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
AART1700Photomedia
  • Summer 3 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Winter - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1005Media Production: Cinematography
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS1130Media Production: Sound Production
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN1102Graphic Design in Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS2016Media Production: Social and Interactive Media
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS2035Media Production: Television
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2150Media Production: Radio
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2160Media Production: Documentary
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2400Media Production: Introduction to Radio
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2500Developing Multimedia Publications
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS3170Screenwriting (Documentary)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3180Screenwriting (Drama)Not currently offered10 units
CMNS3320International Media Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3440Media Production: Screen Drama
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3450Media Production Project
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units
CMNS3500Communication Professional Placement
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Public Relations major

Compulsory Courses

Complete all the following compulsory courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS1290Introduction to Public Relations
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2500Developing Multimedia Publications
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2710Public Relations Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3510Advanced Public Relations Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3520Public Affairs and Communication
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3530Public Relations Strategy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3540Public Relations Campaigns
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Media Studies major

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
FMCS1000Film, Media, Culture
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
FMCS1100Communication and Culture
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
FMCS1200Film and Television Studies
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
POLI1020Introduction to Politics
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS2500Developing Multimedia Publications
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
FMCS2000Media Structures and Practices
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
FMCS2200Popular Culture and Society
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
POLI2180Politics, Policy and Government
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCA2081New Media and SocietyNot currently offered10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS3320International Media Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
FMCS3000Perspectives on Film, Media and Culture
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units
FMCS3100Digital Culture
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
FMCS3110Social Media and Network Culture
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
FMCS3600Documentary Cinema
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCA3230Identity and Culture
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units

Electives

Complete 80 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

80 units

Suggested electives

Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.

A full list of courses that are available to study as an elective can be found in the course handbook.

CodeTitleUnits
ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal Studies10 units
DESN1101Design Fundamentals10 units
ECON1002Macroeconomics in the Global Economy10 units
ECON2001Intermediate Microeconomics10 units
ECON3005Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation10 units
ENGL1040Australian Popular Culture10 units
ENGL1650Fiction, Drama, Film: An Introduction10 units
FMCS2201Television Texts and Contexts10 units
FMCS3000Perspectives on Film, Media and Culture20 units
INFT1004Introduction to Programming10 units
INFT1201Digital Technologies for Media and Entertainment10 units
LING1110Foundations of Language10 units
LING2000Language and Society10 units
LING3310Language and Meaning10 units
MKTG1001Foundations of Marketing10 units
MKTG2010Marketing Research10 units
MKTG2101Consumer Behaviour10 units
MKTG3003Creating and Managing Brands10 units
MNGT1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation10 units
MNGT2003Entrepreneurial and Innovation Diversity10 units
MNGT2004Managing Innovation10 units
MNGT3007Social Entrepreneurship10 units
MNGT3008Advanced Innovation Management10 units
PHIL2920Philosophy and the Digital Generation10 units
SCIT3600International Study Experience10 units

Honours

An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.

For more information about Honours please follow the link below: 

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-communication-honours/handbook


Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online