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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBComn
CRICOS code018367K
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick)
Contact details


  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.
  • Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


This course is concerned with both new and traditional communications technologies such as print, film, television and electronic media. It explores the practical operations of mass communications technologies as well as their social and cultural aspects.


The structured nature of the program gives students the option of undertaking a second major to help prepare them for specific vocational opportunities in addition to the skills obtained through the more general learning and teaching objectives of their studies in the humanities and social sciences.


This course consists of major in communications, a first-year sequence in visual culture or film and television studies, an arts minor, and additional arts units to a total value of 144 points.

Areas of study

Arts sequences offered at Berwick include:

  • behavioural studies
  • film and television studies
  • journalism
  • politics
  • psychology
  • public relations.

Alternatively, students select a sequence of arts units taught at one of the other campuses of the University. Students who opt for this alternative should note that it will involve travelling to another campus to attend lectures, and close attention will need to be paid to the lecture timetable.

For information on arts majors and minors, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Students must complete the following:

(a.) a major in communications (48 points)

(b.) a first-year sequence in one of:

  • visual culture - VSA1000 Introduction to visual culture: Back to the future and VSA1010 Contemporary visual culture)
  • film and television studies - FTV1010 Contemporary television studies and FTV1050 Contemporary film studies

(c.) a minor in an arts discipline (24 points)

(d.) additional arts studies (12 points)

Students must complete a total of 96 points from arts.

Students complete a minimum of 36 points at a third-year level (across the duration of the degree).

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.


Bachelor of Communication