BH066 - Bachelor of Media and Communication (Honours)

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Plan: BH066 - Bachelor of Media and Communication (Honours)
Campus: City Campus

Overview

Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Media and Communication (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BMedia&Comm(Hons)
Total credit points: 96
Career: UGRD
Duration: One Year Full Time (Two Semesters)
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/mediacommunication
ASCED code: 100700
CRICOS code: 074925J

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Purpose of the Program

This program aims to develop research capable graduates who will be leaders in media and communication. The emphasis in honours is on research, whether within academic or professional contexts.

As an honours graduate you will be able to ask and respond to critical and creative questions relevant to communication, technology and media. You will engage with and respond to ideas from your disciplinary experience and extend these using your interdisciplinary and collaborative skills. You will have a knowledge of research as a creative and critical practice as it relates to your individual field and discipline. You will develop as an investigator who demonstrates academic rigour in your own and other disciplines. You will bring research and leadership to complex situations including the development of projects and learning, and research activities in individual or group pursuit. You will have a deep knowledge of your field and of research practice, and an enhanced capacity to identify and investigate problems in contemporary media, communication and creative fields. You will offer applied as well as theoretical approaches in responding to these.  

In your honours year, you will undertake an individually negotiated research project, as a capstone experience. This project will enable you to synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

This program will help you to negotiate and contribute knowledge to the immense changes occurring within contemporary media and communication systems in both academic and professional contexts.  You will engage in a model of ‘process based learning’ in an interdisciplinary research context, which will provide you with the relevant skills for managing such change within industry and research.

Research as a concept and practice underwrites all activities within the program with an emphasis on integrating theory and practice so that you will have a deep knowledge of the role, function, and importance of research to your future practice. Honours is also recognised as providing preparation for a higher degree such as a research Masters or Doctorate (PhD).

 

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Articulation and pathways

Pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

An honours degree is the most common pathway for students wishing to undertake postgraduate research. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, or other universities, including the Master of Arts by Research, Animation and Interactive Media Master of Arts by Research, Creative Writing Master of Arts by Research, Communication Studies Master of Arts by Research, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent in a relevant discipline, with a minimum GPA of 3.

Applications are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic achievement.

Applicants are also required to complete the personal statement part of the direct application, and address why you would like to do honours and, after finishing honours, what you hope honours will let you go on and achieve.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (paper Bsed): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Proficiency (CPE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate
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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs for the Bachelor of Media and Communication (Honours) program.  

However, research projects undertaken within the program are able to be aligned to industry in two ways. The primary way in which this occurs is through research projects that choose to investigate a problem with a specific industry sector or company as a partner. A second way in which this occurs is through research projects that investigate an industry relevant problem to produce a research report that engages with industry directly. 

Staff within the Honours program have a range of links to industry, including membership of relevant industry boards or councils, professional practices, research consultancies with industry, and membership of professional bodies. All honours staff are active researchers in their respective fields and disciplines. 

 

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

As a student in this program you need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  There may be costs for lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, and for consumables such as printer paper. Commercial internet service providers may also charge for internet access outside the university campus. There may be other relevant costs for your degree. Your program will advise you of these costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

RMIT Library
As a student enrolled at RMIT University you can use all the services provided by the Library. These include study spaces, books, journals and course-related materials such as DVDs, past exams, and newspapers. You can also request items from any library in the world through our document delivery service.

RMIT Library staff can show you how to find the information you need for your assignments and how to make the most of the library resources. You can speak to a librarian, work through web-based tutorials or use our online “Ask a Librarian” service. 

All students have unlimited access to our specialist electronic resources. These include e-books, e-journals and newspapers to make it easier for you to get the information you need, when you need it.  Our collections are continually updated to ensure the currency and accuracy of the resources you use.

Computers are available at every Library site. You can access the Internet, myRMIT and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides resources and opportunities to help you to achieve your study and career goals.
Services are available face to face and online for:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance - if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  The Ngarara Willim Centre offers ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.

You can find more information at http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students

 

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