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Communications

Bachelor Degree

B-MASCOMS

Course
Bachelor of Communications
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Duration
3 years full-time
Credit
600
Location
Curtin Perth, Curtin University Malaysia, Curtin Mauritius, Curtin Singapore

Outline

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

Study at Curtin

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.

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide

(Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)

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.

Course structure 

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 streams in which to specialise, one media stream and one design or business stream; or two media streams.

Media streams

Design or business streams

Why study

  • This course will give you opportunities to work with commercial-level equipment and gain access to industry so you are career ready.
  • You can create and study a degree which suits your interests. Choose from a broad range of streams.
  • Flexible course – in many cases you can change streams without adding extra time to your degree.
  • You can build a portfolio of work and meet industry professionals.

How this course will make you industry ready

 

  • Training for traditional and emerging media and communication roles.
  • Access to commercial level equipment to produce work for print, radio, television and online media.
  • Opportunities to connect with industry professionals.
  • Graduate with a portfolio of work.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information

Careers

  • 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

Industries

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

What you'll learn

  • explain critical theories relating to media-based communications in corporate applications and apply them to a range of roles and functions
  • apply critical thinking and creative approaches to resolve issues and meet challenges in their own professional and creative practice
  • access, evaluate and synthesise appropriate information in order to realise media-based communication objectives
  • communicate ideas to a range of audiences by developing and applying media-based strategies
  • utilise media production technologies and apply them to create effective media-based materials to meet required outcomes
  • apply learning strategies to build on skills and understandings in order to adapt to continually changing industry and corporate needs
  • recognise the significance of global media to business and be able to apply international standards and practices in their creative practice
  • value the cultural and intercultural nature of corporate media and communications and represent this knowledge at a personal and professional level
  • demonstrate professional behaviour and standards and work collaboratively to apply them in all aspects of media and business-related activities

Admission criteria

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.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    No prior study in a particular subject is required. 

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    No prior study in a particular subject is required. 

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    No prior study in a particular subject is required. 

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Open University Australia units may be used to meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about this pathway option.
  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    No prior study in a particular subject is required. 

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $6,680*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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On Campus

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All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: B-MASCOMS
  • Last updated on: December 13, 2019