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Undergraduate course information


All non-current school leavers are selected through an assessment of academic merit. For further information, see UTS: Communication's selection criteria.

Areas of study

The School of Communication offers a range of undergraduate degrees that equip students with critical thinking skills and the latest industry requirements for the communication industries.

Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • journalism
  • media arts and production
  • public communication
  • social and political sciences
  • creative writing
  • digital and social media
  • music and sound design

Course structure: Bachelor of Communication (all majors)

Students must complete 144 credit points consisting of 24 credit points of core subjects, a 48-credit-point major and potential 48-credit-point second major (subject to application) and 24 credit points of cross-disciplinary electives. Students who do not meet the requirements to study the second major instead complete a further 48 credit points of electives.

These courses can be combined with international studies, law, or creative intelligence and innovation

Students who excel in their degree have the option of studying the Bachelor of Communication (Honours) (C09047).

Course structure: Bachelor of Music and Sound Design

Students must complete 144 credit points, comprising a 48-credit-point major, 24 credit points of professional subjects, 24 credit points of core subjects and 48 credit points of electives.

This course can be combined with international studies.

Students who excel in their degree have the option of studying the Bachelor of Communication (Honours) (C09047).

Core subjects

Core subjects are designed to give students the essential skills and knowledge required by every communication graduate. Through the core subjects, students examine the foundations of communication and develop their professional practice or craft through new technologies as well as existing traditional mediums. Each core subject engages students in critical examinations and reflections of key communication concepts.

Bachelor of Communication: majors

Each major integrates theory and practice and is designed to provide the specialist skills and knowledge required by an entrant to a particular industry or creative practice. Major subjects maintain a critical focus on industry while allowing students to develop the well-rounded expertise needed by practitioners in the next decade.

Journalism: Journalism education at UTS is based on the principle that professional journalism is founded on the public's right to know. This major develops professional skills across all media and critically engages with the intellectual, ethical and political foundations of journalism and is designed to meet the essential practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed for a career in journalism.

Media Arts and Production: This major prepares students for a wide range of roles within the media and cultural sectors. Students study the history, contemporary issues and theory of media and culture while developing advanced technical and conceptual skills in film, video, new media and sound. The professional areas within the degree include film, video, television, multimedia, sound, radio, performance and installation, and the interplay among these media forms.

Public Communication: The critical and theoretical approach offered in this major develops ethical and responsible communication professionals. This major provides students with interdisciplinary knowledge of public communication processes and industries, and their social, economic and political contexts with specialised expertise in public relations and/or advertising.

Creative Writing: Creative writing at UTS is a practice- and disciplinary-based program focusing on narrative, poetics, reading and literary theory. This major develops creative writing across several genres, fosters independent and professional writing skills via workshop and lecture study, and engages critically with the broader cultural context in which creative writing is produced and read.

Social and Political Sciences: Social and political sciences is where social and political theory and practices of research and communication converge. This cross-disciplinary major investigates society, explores current issues, and questions implications of change and progress in the global community. Students undertake professional studies as well as social, cultural and communication theory and practice so they can ask questions, research issues, develop advocacy skills and effectively develop communication strategies.

Digital and Social Media: The rapidly evolving digital communications industries require practitioners who are technologically literate, culturally sophisticated, innovative and resourceful. This major develops imaginative, synthetic and analytical capacities, as well as practical skills across diverse technological platforms.

Bachelor of Music and Sound major, Professional Development stream

This course is designed to develop practitioners in music and sound design with a strong base of artistic, professional and theoretical skills. The UTS Bachelor of Music and Sound Design (C10276) is the first of its kind to combine the domains of music, sound and screens (film, TV, internet, games, online). Subjects focus on developing real-world skills for the digital sound industry.

The course appeals to students with an interest in popular music, sound design, creative arts, or interactive multimedia. It offers a contemporary music and sound design degree that focuses on the production and analysis of sound for various media, including interactive environments.

Students graduate with a portfolio of sound works demonstrating their creativity and professionalism. The course also involves input from leading industry figures, including sound designers, songwriters, producers, and other professionals from the creative industries.

Bachelor of Communication: double major and electives

The Bachelor of Communication allows students to undertake a double major, for example, in both Journalism and Public Communication, or Public Communication and Creative Writing. Aside from broader discipline knowledge, students can also attain greater depth through the elective structure which allows them to tailor their degree more individually, developing skills where they are most interested and most likely to be seeking employment.