Bachelor of Communication

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Communication at Western

Your first year of study covers general communications theory and practice, giving you a solid understanding of how the different disciplines overlap and connect. Second and third year allows you to focus on your chosen Communication major. Working in the classroom and in the field with expert industry partners, you’ll get the kind of hands-on practical experience that employers love to see.

Our students travel the globe – on study tours and to gain work experience. We’ve taken students to Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Vanuatu, Fiji, Taiwan, China and to the United Nations Leadership Symposium to work on films, communication campaigns, news reports, sustainability and leadership initiatives.

We'll help you build a portfolio, develop your professional brand, understand project workflows and client needs, and establish the contacts you’ll need to kick-start your career.

Bachelor of Communication students talk about their experience at Western.

Alternate entry pathway

The exceptional merit pathway (EMP) will offer those students who demonstrate an aptitude and ability in the area of Communications to receive a direct offer, view the handbook for more information. 

Professional accreditation

The Media Federation of Australia (MFA), established in 1997, is the peak body representing media communication agencies to government, industry, media owners and the general public. The MFA membership represents over 90% of all media agency placed media billings in Australia.

The Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) is the national industry body for public relations and communication professionals in Australia. PRIA represents and provides professional support and recognition to practitioners and consultants nationwide.

Course structure

The course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.

The Advertising major gives students a thorough grounding in general principles of communication as well as practical skills in advertising. The major offers a balance of advertising theory and practice and focuses on real, project-based outcomes.

Areas of study include advertising strategy, advertising creative and art direction, client and account management, digital and social media contexts, advertising campaigns.

The Journalism major combines an understanding of how the news media work with practical experience in broadcast, print and online journalism.

Students develop journalism skills suitable for newspapers, magazines, internet, radio and TV, corporate and community media.

The major in Media Arts Production is designed to provide students with production skills, complete with practical hands-on experience together with a theoretical foundation in the moving, visual media.

Please note: This media arts production major is only offered at Parramatta South.

 

The Public Relations major covers the skills and knowledge required in the profession of public relations, including event management, issues and crisis management and campaign development.

The major focuses on the role of the public relations practitioner or adviser and provides a theoretical framework of the industry. Students engage with both theory and practical projects and complete an internship placement.

Fees and delivery

Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.

Student contribution calculator [XLS, 133 KB]

Delivery: On campus, online

Fees: AUD $26,760*

Delivery: On campus, online

HSC True Reward

At Western, we recognise that you are much more than your ATAR. Our unique Early Offer Program - HSC True Reward, focuses on your HSC subject results that reflect your strongest skills and relevant to the degree you want to do. 

 

 

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"Pick a course which generally interests and excites you. My course allows me to engage with both theory and creativity."

— Chloe Sheridan. Bachelor of Communication (Dean's Scholars).

Professional recognition

Recognised by the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the Media Federation of Australia.

Industry placements

Get real-world placements at companies like the ABC, News Corp Australia, SKY News, Fairfax Community News, OMD, Ikon Communications, Carat Media, The Public Relations Institute of Australia, Channel Ten, Salmat, OHD, Zenith Optimedia, Nine Network and 360 PR.

World-class facilities

Access Western’s new, start-of- the-art design, photography and journalism studios and facilities.

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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.