2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Communication and Media (Dean's Scholar) | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Communication and Media (Dean's Scholar)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 753111


The Bachelor of Communication and Media degree offers students a strong foundation in the global communication and media industries. This degree has a focus on preparing students for global careers in digital and social media, visual communication design, journalism, screen media production, marketing communication, advertising and PR. Students will encounter key ideas in the study and practice of media and communications, and gain flexible and transferable skills that will prepare them for informed engagement with the changing world of global media culture.

Dean's Scholar Degrees

The Dean's Scholar Degree provides an academic space for high-achieving single degree Communication and Media Studies students. With a limited intake of students per year, it aims to provide an enriched educational experience for high-achieving, motivated students who are hoping to make a contribution to their field of study through teaching or research, or by working as professionals in their chosen area of study.

Dean's Scholars have the opportunity to attempt subjects not normally available to first-year students. They may be granted exemption from certain first-year subjects and may be permitted extended subject loads, enabling them to complete the degree in less than the normal time and enter Honours in their third year. 

The Dean's Scholar degree is not a scholarship. Students intending to apply for a place in this degree are encouraged to apply for the University's Undergraduate, Residential, Foundation or Equity and Merit Scholarships.

Dean's Scholar students benefit from:

  • Access to shared study and workspace;
  • Yearly text book/resource allowance for full-time students;
  • Limited printing privileges;
  • Opportunities to attend academic and higher degree research workshops and seminars.

The Heads of Students of the Faculty oversee the program and have regular meetings with the scholars. On successful completion of the first part of the course, Dean's Scholars will be guaranteed admission to Honours.

Dean's Scholars must undertake at least one major study from the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies as well as complete the core requirements of the degree. They may also take any of the major or minor study areas as set out in this Handbook under the entry for the Bachelor of Arts (702).

Dean's Scholars are able to use the University's student exchange program to undertake a period of study overseas. Several Dean's Scholars have competed successfully for places in the Australian National Internship Program or the University Capitol Washington Internship Program which places students in political offices in Canberra or Washington D.C. respectively.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate sound understanding of media and communication industries, practices, users, and regulation;
2 Demonstrate practical production skills appropriate to one or more of digital and social media, global screen media, visual communication design, journalism, and marketing communication and advertising
3 Communicate effectively and ethically across a wide range of contexts, and contribute at a high level to the circulation of ideas and information
4 Demonstrate the capacity to work independently and in teams, to manage continuous professional self-development, and to sustain professional relationships with integrity
5 Synthesise conceptual, analytical and practical production skills to address complex issues in media and communication
6 Develop novel solutions and resources that demonstrate expertise in media and communication;
7 Independently plan and execute a research or professional based project that demonstrates an understanding and critical analysis of the area of study.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Communication and Media (Dean's Scholar), a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points, comprised of:

  1. 12 credit points consisting of  LHA 102 Dean’s Scholars Seminar and LHA 302 Dean’s Scholars Research Project;
  2. The core subjects for the Bachelor of Communication and Media (48 credit points);
  3. At least one of the majors in the Bachelor of Communication and Media (48 credit points);
  4. Electives to bring the total number of credit points completed to 144; and
  5. Not more than 60 credit points in 100-level subjects.


  • Students must maintain an average mark of 75% or better;
  • If students wish to complete two majors, they should consult with their Head of Students to discuss options.

BCM (Dean's Scholar) Core Subjects

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
LHA 102 Dean's Scholars Seminar 6
LHA 302 Dean's Scholars Research Project 6
Plus all core subjects (48cp) from the Bachelor of Communication and Media
Plus all core subjects (48cp) from chosen BCM Major


Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject.

To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.


Majors are available in the following. Please see relevant pages for information.


Minors are available in the following:

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts (LHA) also offer a large number of other minors. 

Minor studies consist of a minimum of 24 credit points of which 12 credit points must be at 200 level or higher.

Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2018 General Schedule of Minors page.

Minors appear on the transcript (academic record), but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded on their transcript, students need to submit an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students' are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.


Students seeking to pursue an Honours degree ishould refer to the information on Bachelor of Communication and Media (Honours) handbook page.

Other Information

For further information email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 27 February, 2018