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/about/schools-colleges/media-and-communication
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.  You will be actively engaged by undertaking activities in a range of learning environments including studios, lectures and workshops. Activities include: 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. 

COMM2629 Media 6 is designed as the capstone experience of this program. In this  course you will gain insight into specific national and global media and cultural industries. You will draw upon the skills and experience you have gained throughout the degree in order to begin your transition to a professional career and/or postgraduate study. At the end of the course your portfolio will demonstrate your abilities to operate and innovate within a rapidly changing media environment. 

Your program includes the opportunity to take a Minor stream of study. A Minor is a grouping of courses that runs parallel with your core courses, developing your ability to see professional practices within wider social, cultural, political, technological and economic contexts. Employers look to graduates not only for technical skills, but also for an ability to analyse and conceptualise. The range of Minors on offer to you include: Approaches to Pop Culture, Asian Media and Culture, Cinema Studies, Literary Studies and Contemporary Politics and Communication. 

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 broadcaster, director, producer, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, post-production supervisor, production manager, art director, casting agent, marketer, publicist, radio and podcast presenter, radio programmer, journalist, film festival director, curator, film and TV critic, distributor, website developer, content developer, social media producer, writer, media seller and buyer, and digital media strategist.

The delivery of this program is blended comprising of face-to-face learning supplemented by online learning.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this 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

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification. 

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country Equivalency web page on the RMIT website.

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

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

The Bachelor of Communication (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, and Dr Murray Pomerance, a screen studies scholar and writer with a global reputation. 

An Industry Advisory Committee comprising senior industry figures representing the film and television, radio and multimedia industries also meets regularly to ensure the Bachelor of Communication (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

Library Resources and services 

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.   

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

Contact Ask the Library for information on Library resources and services: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.  Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.

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.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

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 from Student Support.

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