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Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Communications
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth, Curtin University Dubai, Curtin University Malaysia, Curtin Mauritius, +1


Gain experience in a variety of communications, including writing, design, public relations and photography.

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Amy Hetherington

I built my entire business around the fact that I have a multidisciplinary degree. Film, photography, writing, marketing and social media were all elements of my degree, so it’s definitely been worth it for me. More than that, my degree also developed my confidence in my skills and what I can offer people.

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Broad career options

A flexible degree with streams in media, design and business.

This broad-based degree will give you training for traditional media and communication roles, but will also prepare you for emerging job roles that may not yet exist in these fields.

You’ll cover a range of subjects in media, design and business, giving you foundational knowledge in media and corporate communications, and the scope to specialise in two fields of your choice.

During the course, you’ll develop your critical thinking and practical skills, using commercial-level equipment to produce work for print, radio, film, television and online media.

You’ll build an extensive portfolio of work and have opportunities to connect with industry professionals, so you can graduate ready for a range of positions in the communications industry.

In your first year you’ll be introduced to the different spokes of communications and study optional units that reflect or refine your learning in specific communication areas.

In your second and third years, you’ll choose two specialisations to study: one media specialisation and one design or business specialisation, or two media specialisations.

Media specialisations

Design or business specialisations

Why study

  • You can tailor the degree to suit your interests. This course offers more specialisations than other communications degree in Western Australia.
  • You will learn broad knowledge in communications, but also specialised knowledge and skills in your two chosen streams.
  • The course flexibility means you can usually change streams without adding extra time to your degree.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • You will develop skills and knowledge in traditional and emerging media and communication roles.
  • You'll develop industry-ready skills by using commercial level equipment to produce work for print, radio, television and online media.
  • You will build a portfolio of work and have opportunities to meet industry professionals.

Student profile

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Career information


  • Public relations officer
  • Market researcher
  • Media and communications consultant
  • Web communications consultant
  • Production coordinator
  • Web developer
  • Internet project manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Content creator
  • Media liaison officer
  • Filmmaker
  • Photographer
  • Advertising / creative advertising specialist
  • Cinematographer
  • Internet analyst
  • Website manager


  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Film and television
  • Radio broadcasting

What you'll learn

  • evaluate and apply theoretical frameworks to the fields of media and communication
  • exercise initiative and creativity in professional practice
  • develop effective communication and practical skills necessary for digital competence and media literacy
  • utilise knowledge and skills in media and communication to engage with the complexity of global conditions, as well as the social, cultural, political, economic and technological shifts around media
  • develop cultural capabilities to engage respectfully with First Peoples and people of all cultures, and demonstrate respect for Indigenous perspectives and all cultures in their community and professional practice
  • initiate, design, deliver and promote industry-standard outcomes relevant to the two chosen specialisations, and with ethical practices in mind

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

While not a formal requirement for entry, students are encouraged to have basic computing skills.

While not a formal requirement for entry, students are encouraged to have basic computing skills.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


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  • Last updated on: September 22, 2020