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The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle , Fremantle ,Australia

Bachelor of Communications & Media / Arts

Communications and media are an exciting and inescapable part of modern life. With the advent of social media, the 24-hour news cycle and the development of citizen journalism, as well as the multiplatform delivery of film and screen production, the traditional media landscape has changed beyond recognition. This has presented new opportunities and avenues of communication for filmmakers, journalists, photographers and other media practitioners.

The Bachelor of Communications & Media component of this double degree effectively prepares you for a wide range of jobs. Our degree provides you with a unique opportunity to learn about journalism, film and screen production, digital communication, photography and much more. This program teaches you how to develop communication and media strategies and skills using contemporary techniques suitable for many types of workplaces.

You will complete a Major in either Journalism or Film and Screen Production or Photography. You then have a lot of choice – you can complete a second Major in one of these three areas or a Minor. Or you can complete a second Major or Minor in a complementary area of study from a range of humanities, science and social science disciplines. See the Program Regulations below for specific details.

The Bachelor of Arts component will develop your ability to analyse, interpret, deliberate, draw conclusions, communicate, work as a team member and problem-solve. You will be able to consider multiple perspectives and handle ambiguity and uncertainty. These are the skills needed in the 21st century workplace and they will complement your study of the Bachelor of Communications and Media perfectly.

Campus Information

Fremantle Campus

Our foundation Campus is located in the historic West End of the port city of Fremantle, south of Perth. Housed within beautifully restored heritage buildings, it provides a ‘town university’ of great character. The iconic Campus is close to the Fremantle Harbour, cafe?s, shops and the famous ‘Cappuccino Strip’, and all major transport hubs.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
GTE/Possible Interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Communications specialists are needed in many organisations and as a result communications and media graduates are in demand. Combining your professional skills and technical knowledge with the versatile skills gained by completing your Bachelor of Arts, will make you a resourceful and capable asset to many workplaces.

Journalism Major
Career opportunities include journalist, digital marketer, communication consultant, sports reporter, social media marketing specialist, media and communications advisor, PR advisor, events coordinator, campaign officer, research officer, editor, travel writer, and videographer.

Film and Screen Production Major
Career opportunities include director, writer, film maker, producer, social media content creator, editor, sound recordist, special effects supervisor, production manager and videographer.

Photography Major:
Career opportunities include photographer working in many areas such as news, sport, travel, fashion, science, portraiture, or advertising; photojournalist, advertising art director, multimedia specialist

Bachelor of Arts:
Career opportunities are diverse and depend on the Major you choose.

PSW Opportunity

Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane: 

Regular 2 years post study work visa for international students completing Bachelors and Masters degrees (minimum 92 weeks), 3 years for Masters by Research and 4 years for PhD. graduates 

Other Locations (Regional centres and other regional areas):

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional
2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa
(Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa) 

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Academic requirements for this program are outlined below. We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

  • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).
    OR
  • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.
    OR
  • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

Applicants with Higher Education Study

  • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    OR
  • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

  • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

  • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required.
    OR    
  • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    OR
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.