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Communications and Arts

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.

Showcasing creativity

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.

Film school ranked #2 in world

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 Franco Di Chiera 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."

Access to scholarships

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.

Why Study Online

Why Study Online?

At ECU we understand that everyone is different.

Different work arrangements, different family responsibilities, different locations or different learning styles.

That's why we offer the flexibility of studying many of our courses online.

Now you can study where you want, when you want.

Balance your study with family and work commitments. Or advance your career without leaving the workplace.

And just because you're not on campus doesn't mean we'll forget you. Online students get our full support too.

Why Postgrad Study

Why Postgrad Study?

Are you passionate about a particular area or field of work?

Have you just completed a degree and think you’d like to go onto postgraduate study?

Maybe you've been working as a professional and you’d like to gain a competitive advantage or change career direction?

Whatever your reason or background, we offer a wide range of postgraduate courses at ECU.

And because we understand that your life is already busy, we offer the flexibility and convenience of part-time and online study options too.

Your Degree

Your Degree

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.

Study areas, degrees and majors

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).

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

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.

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Virtual fly-through of Spectrum, as designed by Interior & Spatial Design graduate, Lisa Hannaford.


Spectrum Project Space

The School Of Communications and Arts runs its own gallery. Spectrum Project Space is where staff and students regularly celebrate their creativity through public exhibitions. Take the tour or see what's been happening by choosing a link below.

The Payoff

The Payoff

In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for their overall satisfaction, the quality of our teaching and for the generic skills they developed during their studies.

We've now achieved 5-star ratings for the past six years.

There is a high demand for generic skills in the workplace, with employers increasingly recruiting graduates who can demonstrate more than technical skills. This includes the ability to manage your time, being culturally aware, being a team player and being flexible and adaptable in your work.

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.

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ECU Communications (Broadcasting & Journalism) student, Aine Ryan talks about her experience.

Hear from our students

Philip East

"I want to thank ECU for making university accessible to the broader Community, including mature age students like me."

"During my time at ECU I did some fascinating units such as Creativity, Media in Asia and Media & Nation before working on a Public Relations major, which has given me a broad array of work-ready skills. I got something meaningful out of almost all 24 units I did - they have helped me in my work as a Communication Officer in an Australian Government department and the volunteer work I do in Indonesia."

Philip East

ECU Communications graduate

Lara Jenaway

"It was an amazing opportunity to live and breathe the culture"

"Within the French course I was lucky enough to move over to France and become a teacher's assistant in English as a second language. It was an amazing opportunity to live and breathe the French culture and be fully immersed in the language. The opportunity has opened many doors for me career wise."

Lara Jenaway

ECU Arts student

Our student community

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.

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