University of Technology Sydney

C10366v2 Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production) Bachelor of International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor Communication (Media Arts and Production) (BComm)
Bachelor of International Studies (BIntSt)

UAC code: 609310 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 087764C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Notes

This course information relates to students commencing a combined degree with the Bachelor of International Studies in 2022. Students who commenced a combined degree with the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies prior to 2022 should refer to the Handbook for the year they commenced their degree.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Honours
Other information

Overview

Designed for people passionate about films, filmmaking, and media production, the Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production) at UTS equips students with the practical production skills and conceptual backing needed to enter the creative industries with a competitive edge. This hands-on course, designed and taught by leading practitioners in the Australian film and television industry, sees students produce a portfolio of media works encompassing short drama, documentary, animation, sound and the media arts.

This degree combines a professional degree with language and culture studies, enhancing professional training and career options by providing students with the opportunity to undertake studies at an overseas University.

Located in the creative precinct of inner-city Sydney, UTS students have access to a wide variety of industry-standard equipment and facilities. Collaborating on a range of projects, students develop life-long creative partnerships from within a cohort of like-minded practitioners, whilst experimenting with their creative vision. They not only learn contemporary facets of media production, but also classic techniques and concepts rooted in the foundation of cinema and storytelling. Using industry-based production models, this course allows students to experience and specialise in a variety of roles such as cinematography, scriptwriting, directing, producing, sound, editing, and more. UTS student productions have been screened internationally, won awards at film festivals, and have been developed further into series.

Career options

To increase career flexibility, students can add a second major from five of the other majors offered in the Bachelor of Communication, and build further skills and portfolios that equip them for a range of work options in media and communication. These courses give students practical and transferrable skills for the expanding media industries.

Graduates leave as multifaceted media practitioners with a strong understanding of both form and function. They find work in all areas of media including film, TV, broadcast, music videos and content creation for advertising, marketing, and new digital media forms such as apps and social media. Practice-based learning ensures students develop a portfolio of work to show future employers or concepts that can be taken into the media market. Careers include traditional roles such as director, producer, scriptwriter, cinematographer, documentary maker, editor, sound designer and post-production specialist, to newer roles such as multimedia designer, social media specialist, multimedia and digital content producers and many more.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

Com.1.1 Act in a professional manner appropriate to communication industries
Com.1.2 Apply theoretically informed understandings of communication industries to independent and collaborative projects across a range of media
Com.2.1 Employ appropriate research and inquiry skills to independently gather, organise and analyse information across diverse platforms
Com.2.2 Act as reflexive critical thinkers and innovative creative practitioners who evaluate their own and others' work
Com.3.1 Demonstrate a strong awareness, knowledge of, and sensitivity to, diversity, equity and global contexts
Com.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
Com.5.1 Analyse and act ethically in the personal, political and professional contexts of civil society
Com.6.1 Exemplify effective and appropriate communication in different communication industry contexts
Com.6.2 Utilise digital literacy and production skills across a range of media
INT.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.2.1 Evaluate critically theoretical and specialised knowledge of contemporary societies, cultures and workplaces.
INT.2.2 Analyse, generate and communicate creative solutions to work-related problems within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages and histories to practice in Australian and internationally.
INT.5.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.
INT.5.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production) (144 credit points)

  • Core subjects (24 credit points)
  • Major subjects (48 credit points)
  • Second Major or Electives (48 credit points)
  • Electives (24 credit points)

International Studies (96 credit points). Students select the language they will study at the time of enrolment, and either the Language, Culture and the Professional World Language pathway or the Language, Culture and Global Exchange pathway. Information relating to entry into the International Honours pathway can be found in the Information for Students section.

Overseas study

In the International studies component students have the following options:

1. Language, Culture & the Professional World: includes an internship and option of a short study abroad experience (2-6 weeks) overseas.

2. Language, Culture & Global Exchange: includes an internship and a 6-month global exchange at any UTS partner university.

3. International Honours: includes a full year at a relevant partner university where students complete an honours level research project.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students undertake practice-based learning and develop a range of media projects across moving image, sound and digital media. This occurs in every subject in the Media Arts and Production major. Students attend relevant production workshops in the use of cameras and audio and related equipment, as well as video editing, sound editing and digital software and technology. Students develop a creative media production portfolio throughout the major, culminating in the media arts project produced at the end of their studies. They may choose to supplement their learning with professional placements relating to the media arts and production sector. Students may also publicly exhibit their work through regular screenings and events.

Students can also elect to undertake a professional internship in industry.

Course completion requirements

STM91104 Communication core 24cp
MAJ09481 Media Arts and Production 48cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp
CBK92096 Second Major/ Electives 48cp
CBK92057 Country and Language choice 96cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10366

Course program

The typical course program is shown below for students commencing in Autumn session with the German Language and Culture major, and completing the Language, Culture & the Professional World pathway or the International Honours pathway.

All students choose a second major stream when enrolling in their first session. This 18-credit-point stream consists of three major subjects from another major. Students can choose any second major (excluding Media Arts and Production).

Students who choose not to continue with their second major choice can continue in their course by choosing 30 credit points of electives (i.e. five subjects). Students wishing to complete 30 credit point of electives should request this via erequest.

It is recommended that students who elect to complete the Language, Culture & Global Exchange pathway complete 999781 International Research Methods in Year 3 Autumn, so that they can undertake their Exchange session during Year 4 Autumn.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
52650 Screen Story   6cp
52651 Exploring Media Arts   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92090 Stream choice 18cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52652 Drama Production   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92090 Stream choice 18cp  
Summer session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
52653 Creating Documentary   6cp
52654 Experimental Media   6cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Spring session
52655 Media Arts Specialist Modules   6cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92084 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92084 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
999781 International Research Methods   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
52656 Creative Project Development   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92084 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Spring session
52657 Media Arts Project   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92084 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  

Honours

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) (C09047) is available with an additional year of full-time study for eligible students.

Students who complete the subjects in the International Honours pathway are eligible for transfer into the Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production) Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) exit course on completion of all coursework. This transfer is managed by the Student Centre and occurs just prior to graduation.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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