BP221 - Bachelor of Communication (Media)

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Plan: BP221ACC - Bachelor of Communication (Media)
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 Communication (Media)
Award abbreviation: BComm(Media)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2.5 years full time (6 semesters including Spring & Summer in the 1st year)
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/mediacommunication
ASCED code: 100700
CRICOS code: 055813G

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Communication Media program produces critically informed contemporary media professionals who are creative and multi-skilled communicators able to deliver innovative content for a wide range of existing and new platforms including film, television and radio, social and mobile media, and the web.

The program integrates practical production, conceptual analysis, creative practice and critical reflection with solid professional industry knowledge.  In a range of learning environments including studios, lectures and workshops you will  be actively engaged in the production process, such as writing, scripting, sounds and images recording and editing, broadcasting and online publishing, as well as how to analyse media in broader historical, critical, theoretical and cultural contexts.

Ultimately the program will provide you with a broad knowledge of a wide range of media including traditional and emerging forms. It will also provide skills and knowledge that will help you to determine your specific career directions and to facilitate lifelong learning.

Our graduates are fluent with technology and the evolving media environment and are creative thinkers and problem-solvers employed across a wide range of industry sectors. Industries that program graduates have moved into include film and television, radio, screen culture, internet and mobile media production, government and education. Roles include producers, directors, cinematographers, screenwriters, production managers, sound recordists, post production supervisors & editors, marketing and publicity, presenters, station managers, journalists, film festival directors, curators, film and television critics, distributors, web developers, cross-platforms content developers, social media producers, media sellers & buyers.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation

Credit arrangements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for a higher level qualification.

The following credit arrangements are in place:

Program CodeProgram TitleAmount of Credit GrantedEntry/Selection RequirementsCommencementDuration of program after exemption
AD017Associate Degree in Screen and Media Production144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years

Minimum GPA of 3 will be given guaranteed entry

Less than GPA of 3 may still apply and will be given a guaranteed interview

International Students: Feb/Jul144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years
C6151Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Screen Plan)144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years

Minimum GPA of 3 will be given guaranteed entry

Less than GPA of 3 may still apply and will be given a guaranteed interview

International Students: Feb/Jul144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years
C6151IMAdvanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Plan)144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years

Minimum GPA of 3 will be given guaranteed entry

Less than GPA of 3 may still apply and will be given a guaranteed interview. Students will go through the competitive process.

International Students: Feb/Jul144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years
C6125Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting96 credit points equivalent to 1 year

Minimum GPA of 3 will be given guaranteed entry

Less than GPA of 3 may still apply and will be given a guaranteed interview

International Students: Feb/Jul192 credit points equivalent to 2 years

Pathway

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

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs, including honours or master by coursework in the School of Media and Communication, subject to each program's entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Year 12 Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in any English.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 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 – Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus Certificate
     

Selection tasks:
All non-Year 12 applicants must submit a personal statement outlining: 

  • your reasons for wanting to study this program
  • your awareness of significant trends in contemporary media
  • details of any professional or community media production experience
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to attend an interview.

If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only, e.g. ATAR.

For more details, please check VTAC Guide and/or RMIT website.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in media.

The Media program has established industry links with a wide variety of relevant professional and community organisations.  Students commonly work with community media organisations such as 3RRR, SYN-FM, 3PBS, Channel 31, ABC radio and various community groups (such as Oxfam, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, etc.) Courses within the degree also utilise a wide variety of guest lecturers from various media industries. The Australian Film Institute Research Collection is administratively housed within the School and located in the RMIT Library.

Industry practitioners are actively involved in teaching. They engage as sessional lecturers, guest lecturers and tutors. The program's Adjunct Professors are industry leaders who provide guidance for staff and students and help build external links with the Program. Current Adjunct Professors are the acclaimed film, television and cross-platform producer, Sue Maslin, and award-winning producer and director, Robert Connolly.  

A Program Advisory Committee comprising senior industry figures representing the film and television, radio and multimedia industries also meets regularly to ensure the Media Program’s relevance to industry.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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

Online learning tools and content
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Course guides will identify print and electronic resources available to help you complete all your learning and assessment tasks. There are also specific resources available on campus that will assist you in the program. The University Library has a large collection of Media related books, journals and electronic resources, as well as an extensive audio-visual collection largely developed with the collaboration of Media staff.

The Australian Film Institute Research Collection – the largest collection of its kind in the country – is managed by the School of Media and Communication and provides a unique resource for students within the Media Program.

You also have access to specialised media labs, production equipment and resources throughout the degree.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • 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
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

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