Bachelor of Communication and Media - Bachelor of International Studies

Course summary

Develop specialised media skills and learn to understand and interpret complex global issues with a double degree in international studies and communication and media.

When you study the Bachelor of Communication and Media you will acquire a strong foundation in the national and international communication and media industry. With a focus on preparing you for global careers, this degree places an emphasis on high-level skills in media production, communication research and independent project work.    

Throughout your international studies degree, you will analyse national and global issues, learn about the forces shaping the modern world and the theories that underpin our understanding of important global issues. Students are encouraged to undertake study abroad to further expand their skills.

A double degree at UOW provides a world-class qualification in less time and at less cost than studying the two degrees separately. Having a double degree will give you a competitive advantage in a crowded job market.

Major options include:

  • Visual communication design
  • Digital and social media
  • Journalism
  • Screen media production
  • Marketing communication and advertising
  • Global sustainable development
  • International relations
  • International history
  • Course information

    Study area

    Communications & Media

    Campus

    Wollongong

    Course Code

    1791

    ATAR-SR

    72

    IB Score

    25

    Duration

    4.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

    Delivery

    On Campus

    Cricos

    094797B

    UAC Code

    751354

    Admission, Key dates, and Fees

    A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions Policy.

    For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

    Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

    Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

    NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

    Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

    Early Admission

    Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

    ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

    Guaranteed entry selection ranks

    The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 72 or an IB of 25. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

    Adjustment factors

    Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

    Other Admission Criteria

    VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

    HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

    WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

    CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

    If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

    Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

    FEES

    Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

    * Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
    These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
    In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


    ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

    The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

    English Test

    Overall Score

    Reading

    Writing

    Listening

    Speaking

    IELTS Academic

    6.5

    6.0

    6.0

    6.0

    6.0

    TOEFL (Internet-based)

    86

    18

    18

    17

    17

    UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

    Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


    CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

    If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

    Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

    FEES

    Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

    Overseas Health Cover:
    Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

    CAMPUS

    DELIVERY METHOD

    SESSION FEE*

    COURSE FEE*

    Wollongong

    On Campus

    $15,552 (2024)

    $139,968 (2024)

    Wollongong

    On Campus

    $15,552 (2025)

    $139,968 (2025)

    * Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
    These fees are subject to change from year to year. The fees outlined in your Letter of Offer of Admission to the University are correct at the point of offer, but are indicative and subject to change without notice. The indicative total course tuition fee is an estimate, based on normal course length and progression and current course fees.

    Admission Profile


    INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



    STUDENT PROFILE

    This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2023.

    Applicant background

    2023 intake

    2023 intake (%)

    Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

    -

    -

    Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

    -

    -

    Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

    -

    -

    Recent secondary education

    ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

    -

    -

    ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

    -

    -

    Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

    -

    -

    International students All other students.

    -

    -

    All students

    -

    -

    < 5: Number of students is less than 5
    N/A: Data not available for this item
    N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


    ATAR PROFILE

    This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

    ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2023

    ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
    Highest rank to receive an offer

    -

    -

    Median rank to receive an offer

    -

    -

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    -

    -

    < 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
    N/A: Data not available for this item
    N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

    More Information

    For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

    Key Dates

    SESSION

    CAMPUS

    SESSION DETAILS

    2024 Spring

    Wollongong

    Orientation: 15 July 2024
    Session: 22 July – 15 November 2024

    Applications Close

    • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 4 July 2024 (see UAC Key Dates).
    • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 May 2024*
    • International Applicants: 31 May 2024*

    *Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
    Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 4 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

    2025 Autumn

    Wollongong

    Orientation: 24 - 27 February 2025
    Session: 03 March - 27 June 2025

    Applications Close

    • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2024 (early bird), 30 January 2025 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
    • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 December 2024*
    • International Applicants: 30 November 2024*

    *Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
    Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 10 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

    Course Structure

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    Course Handbook

    Why choose this course

    When you study International Studies alongside Communication and Media at UOW, you step onto a world stage of global opportunities. You'll benefit from our expertise in international relations, our involvement in issues of global development and sustainability, and our focus on global media and communications.

    Career opportunities
    • Global Communications
    • Digital Publishing
    • Media Strategy and Planning
    • Public Relations
    • Copywriter
    • Market Research
    • Event Coordinator
    • Publicity Officer
    • Tourism Officer
    • Print/Television/Radio/Photo/Online Journalist
    • Government
    • Editor
    • Feature Writer
    • Reporter
    • Researcher
    • Advertising
    • Social Media Manager
    • Media Management Advisor
    • Communication Specialist
    • Corporate Communications
    • Content Development
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