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

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Communication and Media (Dean's Scholar)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4.5 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 / 751360


The Dean's Scholar double degree aims to provide an enriched educational experience for high-achieving, motivated students. This degree is for students hoping to make a contribution to fields of study through teaching or research, or as professionals.

This double degree program enables students to combine the humanities and social inquiry focus of the Bachelor of Arts with critical perspectives on media industries and practices offered by the Bachelor of Communication and Media. There are strong complementarities between the two degrees due to their inter-related perspectives and focus on global media and internationalisation.

This double degree program enables students to combine the prescribed core and at least one major in the Bachelor of Communication and Media with a wider range of subjects, including one or more majors from the Bachelor of Arts. This is a good combination for students who wish to enhance their employment opportunities with both a major program of study and a broad selection of subjects. Students have combined majors in Digital Communication with English Literatures, or Journalism with Politics. Students in this degree combination also have more room to add both a major and a minor program of study from the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts or another Faculty. Students taking advantage of this could major in Marketing Communication and Advertising but add a major in French and some general subjects in the environmental sciences. These are excellent pathways for students seeking to work in an international context.

Dean's Scholar Degrees

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

Dean's Scholar students benefit from:

  • Access to shared study and workspace;
  • Yearly text book/resource allowance for full-time students;
  • Limited printing privileges;
  • Specialised subjects LHA 102 Dean's Scholars Seminar and LHA 302 Dean's Scholars Research Project.
  • Opportunities to attend academic and higher degree research workshops and seminars;

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

To remain in the program, Dean's Scholars must maintain an average of 75% in each year of study. If the student's average falls below 75%, the student will be transferred into the BA/BCMS (794).

Dean's Scholars are able to use the University's student exchange program to undertake a period of study overseas. Several students have successfully competed for places in the Australian National Internship Program or the University Capitol Washington Internship Program. These programs are highly coveted and place students in political offices in Canberra or Washington D.C. where they gain practical experience related to the theoretical components of the degree.

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

The course learning outcomes in each of these degrees complement and consolidate outcomes in the partner degree. Applied across two discipline areas, the outcomes are achieved at a broader and more comprehensive level.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Handbook page of each individual degree for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes. Further information about major learning outcomes for the BA is available under the relevant BA major page in the Undergraduate Course Handbook.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Communication and Media, a candidate must successfully complete at least 216 credit points, comprised of:

  1. LHA 102 Dean’s Scholar Seminar and LHA 302 Dean’s Scholar Research Project (12 credit points in total);
  2. The core subjects for the Bachelor of Communication and Media (48 credit points);
  3. One of the majors for the Bachelor of Communication and Media (48 credit points);
  4. At least one of the majors listed for the Bachelor of Arts;
  5. A second major (minimum 48 and maximum 60 credit points), or a minor (minimum 24 credit points), from within the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts; and 
  6. Electives to bring the total credit points to 216. These electives must be subjects that are not already counted towards the requirements of the BCM;
  7. No more than 90 credit points in 100-level subjects; 
  8. A  clear pass must be achieved in the core 300 level subjects. 


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 .


Students completing this degree will complete at least two majors. One chosen from the Bachelor of Arts and one from the Bachelor of Communication and Media.

As part of their Bachelor of Arts Component, students in this double degree will also choose either a second BA Major, or a BA Minor.  


Minors available for each degree are outlined on the course handbook pages: 

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Communication and Media

Students can take a minor study as part of their degree program provided they meet the requirements set. Minor studies consist of a minimum of 24 credit points, of which at least 12 credit points are completed at 200 level or higher.

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

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

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 can do an Honours degree in either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Communication and Media. This requires additional study (one year full-time, or two years part-time).

Honours may be undertaken by students who meet the requirements for enrolment.

Students should consult the single degree entries for Honours requirements. See Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Communication and Media (Honours).

Other Information

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

Last reviewed: 19 February, 2019