ECU's School of Communications and Arts is one of the largest and most comprehensive schools of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
We were ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Communications and Media Studies in the 2014 QS World University rankings.
Based in the creative hub of Perth's Mount Lawley, with some courses in Joondalup, we offer a diverse range of programs, including communications, media, design, arts and the humanities.
Here you can study anything from animation to broadcasting, design to languages, or photomedia to scriptwriting. No matter how you want to communicate with the world – and make a career out of it – we've got it covered.
As a Communications and Arts student, you'll be expected to exhibit your creative work in a number of ways.
For example, film and video students have film screenings, while contemporary fashion and textiles students put on fashion shows, and journalism students have their own magazines, often illustrated by design students.
At the end of your degree, you may also participate in our graduation shows. These shows attract thousands of people to our Mount Lawley campus, including industry professionals who are searching for upcoming talent.
Our School of Communications and Arts is also home to the WA Screen Academy. The Academy was ranked second in the world's top ten film schools in the 2013 international film school survey, carried out by online magazine The Reelshow.
Graduates from the WA Screen Academy also claimed thirty per cent of last year's nominations for the prestigious WA Screen Awards.
ECU graduates received three of the four nominations for Best Student Film and Best Sound – Short Form and two nominations in the other short form categories, including Best Short Film Drama, Best Direction, Best Script and Best Editing.
Academy Director, Dr Cathy Henkel said, "The results speak for themselves. The critical success of our students, combined with a strong industry focus in the course, including an emphasis on practical experience and industry engagement, makes for an effective cocktail of learning and outcomes."
With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.
Our course structures allow you to specialise in one area, or gain expertise in multiple areas. We know that the more multi skilled you are, the more likely you'll succeed in today's complex technological and creative culture.
To increase your chances of finding employment, we mix practical, hands-on experiences and industry placements with a solid theoretical background.
To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 12 study areas across ECU – Communications & Arts is one of those study areas.
Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Communications or a Bachelor of Creative Industries.
For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major, like Advertising, Photomedia or Visual Arts.
Postgraduate degrees are also available through coursework or research. For example, you can study our Research Master's degree for a Master of Arts (Performing Arts).
Our double degrees combine core disciplines to provide greater opportunities for graduates.
At the School of Communications and Arts, we strive to produce graduates who have an informed, critical and creative approach to understanding media, design and visual culture.
Central to this approach is an emphasis on hands-on experiences, where students benefit from using our state-of-the-art facilities.
Our students have access to the very best in digital and analogue professional video, audio and photographic equipment.
As a Communications and Arts student, you'll have 24/7 access to our artists' studios, edit suites, computer labs with printing facilities and the latest software.
Publically exhibiting creative work is a fundamental part of our communications and arts degrees.
It's a large part of the learning process and helps prepare you for a career as an artist, designer, or communicator.
Exhibitions can be on campus, in public, on-line or in magazines, and include film and video festivals, art, performance and photography exhibitions, competitions and broadcast media.
Existing Design Studio in the School of Communications and Arts.
Our new communications and arts hub at Mount Lawley Campus will feature:
In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for the quality of our teaching and for the starting salaries they've secured since graduating.
We've now achieved 5-star ratings for teaching quality for the past seven years, while consistently rating highly on overall graduate satisfaction and generic skills development during that time.
So when you graduate with a Communications, Creative Industries or Arts degree at ECU, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work - and you may be rewarded with a better salary too!
ECU Communications (Broadcasting & Journalism) student, Aine Ryan talks about her experience.
"ECU provides an amazing learning experience."
"I’m surrounded by people like myself that are filled with creativity and want to build on and share their passions. The course structure is perfect for me as it lets me combine units from all the areas I’m interested in. The positive and energetic atmosphere of the university creates a unique and enjoyable way to study. The wide range of units lets you explore new and exiting areas of your chosen field and with the support from lecturers and fellow students, you receive an amazing learning experience."
"The undergraduate broadcasting course is extremely practical."
"ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus has a really laid back atmosphere, and from my experience all lecturers have been extremely good – both friendly and knowledgeable. The students in my year in the Broadcasting course are a really close-knit group of people. It’s so cliché but it really is a family, and they’ve made my uni experience so much better."
Journalism and Broadcasting student
We have an active student community at ECU. Most faculties or schools have interest groups or events that relate to your area of study.
You can also make connections and join conversations on our social media pages.