The Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) is a postgraduate research degree suited to high-achieving students to extend the skills and knowledge obtained through their undergraduate degree. The honours programme offers a blend of creative, academic and research options, and students undertake a 1 semester individual research project.
Programme Code: AK1261
Duration: One year full time / Two years part time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 3 March 2014
AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.
In order to be admitted to the Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) an applicant must have completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies with a B grade average or higher in papers at level 7, or equivalent.
A Postgraduate Research Proposal (PGR1 form)
Paper choice is flexible but includes a core research methods paper and at least one paper that contextualises developments in media and communication studies. Further choices include other contextually oriented papers and a range of creatively focused papers.
You will complete a dissertation, in consultation with the programme leader and a supervisory team. The dissertation can be produced either in a traditional academic format or in parts as a creative research component (such as a screenplay, an in-depth journalism piece, digital media artifact, radio programme, or public relations campaign).
Dissertations that include a creative component will also include an analysis that places the creative work in its critical, theoretical, historical and personal context.Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points in total.
148112 Dissertation (A) (30)
ELECTIVE PAPERS: 45 points from
149106 Cooperative Education (30)
149108 A Political Economy Approach to the Media (15)
149110 Media Communication Reading Paper (15)
149111 Media, Culture & Society (15)*
149112 New Media & Society (15)
149114 Time, Temporality and Globalisation (15)
149116 Selected Topics in Media Communication Practice (15)
149138 Celebrity Culture & the Social Organisation of Fame (15)
Including no more than 30 points from
149117 3D Animation (15)
149118 Asia-Pacific Journalism (15)
149120 Interactive Media (15)
149121 Investigative & Agenda-Setting Journalism (15)
149122 Critiquing Creative Organisations (15)
149123 Moving Image (15)
149124 Public Relations Concepts and Critique (15)
149125 Radio (15)
149126 Screenwriting (15)
149127 Television (15)*
149128 The Creative Industries, Culture and the Market Place (15)
149135 Documentary Studies (15)
149142 Journalism and Media Relations (15)
149143 Journalism Law and Ethics (15)
149144 Journalism Theory and Practice (15)
149145 Managing Communication and Public Relations (15)
149146 Digital Visual Communication (15)
149147 Web Media (15)
149149 News Editing and Design Workshop (15)
149150 Public Affairs Reporting Workshop (15)
149151 Advanced Screen Post Production (15)*
149152 Advanced Non Fiction Screenwriting (15)*
149153 Producing for the Screen (15)*
149154 International Public Relations (15)
or any other postgraduate paper with the approval of the programme leader
*Not open for enrolment in 2013