Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication)

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Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Bachelor's Degree, single major

Awarded by
Awarded by

RMIT University, Australia

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 8 to 24 months

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Headquarters

Application Dates
Application Dates

30 Aug to 30 Oct 2022 (Category B, Jan 2023 intake)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$15,194 to S$48,278.40

* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline

Awarded and developed by: RMIT University, Australia

Becoming leaders in global media & communication

The programme is an interdisciplinary communication degree designed to provide you with a professional education, including aspects of advertising and public relations.

The programme aims to develop your knowledge of broader communication theories and issues, enhance your professional skills and locate your knowledge and skills within an Asian Media and Culture context.

It integrates the skills that industry requires with a flexible approach to the technologies that allow information delivery to be increasingly immediate, sophisticated and accessible.

The teaching practices provide students with opportunities to learn by doing in an authentic workplace environment, guided by academic staff who are also industry practitioners.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will:

  1. Analyse critically and apply a diverse and industry-related knowledge and skills to the field of media and communication in global context.
  2. Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and initiative when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the professional communication field.

Further Studies & Career Prospects

Graduates may further their studies in the Master of Advertising or the Master of Communication.

Successful students will have the skills, industry-related knowledge and confidence to work in areas related to the communications industries, including:

  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Newspaper and magazine editing
  • Corporate communications
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Specialist writing
  • Communication research
  • Market and audience research

Why study at SIM x RMIT University

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SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore.
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Excellent value with lower tuition costs in SIM.
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RMIT has 5-Star QS ranking for excellence in higher education and is 11th highest ranked university in Australia (QS World University Rankings 2023)
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RMIT courses are co-designed with industry to give you the practical skills needed to succeed in the workforce.
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Intake Dates

January 2023 Intake Category B

PROGRAMME DURATION

18 months (01 Jan 2023 to 30 Jun 2024)

APPLICATION PERIOD

30 Aug to 30 Oct 2022 (local and international applicants)

July 2022 Intake Category A

PROGRAMME DURATION

24 months (01 Jul 2022 to 30 Jun 2024)

APPLICATION PERIOD

18 Jan to 30 Apr 2022 (local and international applicants)

Nov 2022 Intake Category C

PROGRAMME DURATION

8 months (Nov 2022 to Jun 2023)

APPLICATION PERIOD

28 Jun to 29 Aug 2022 (local and international applicants)

The maximum period allowed to complete the programme is:

  • Category A: 36 months 
  • Category B: 27 months 
  • Category C: 12 months 

Students who fail to complete the programme within the candidature period will not be entitled to any refund.

Students who exceed their candidature period will not be allowed to remain in the programme, unless an extension to the candidature period is approved by the University. 

Curriculum

Structure

  • The mode of delivery is classroom learning. 
  • Learning approaches include interactive lessons with case studies, online components, lectures with presentations, work integrated learning, self-managed learning activities and other forms of learning approaches which prepare students for their professional practice. 
  • This programme is taught by teaching faculty from RMIT University, as well as local academics and practitioners in the industry.
    View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 404 KB)
  • For modules taught by RMIT teaching faculty, classes are conducted on an intensive mode: lectures are scheduled over 2 weeks consecutively. 
  • Modules delivered by local academics are run on a regular mode, with classes scheduled over 6 to 12 weeks, at least 3 to 4 times a week for a 4-month and 2-month duration. 
  • The average teacher-student ratio is 1:57. 
  • Classes of 3 hours duration per session with 10 to 15 minutes break and are scheduled on weekday mornings or afternoons at SIM. 
  • Class requires a minimum of 50 students to commence. 
  • In the event that the above minimum number is not met, the intake will not commence. Students will be informed within 30 days before class commences.  

Assessment & Attendance

  • Assessment components vary from module to module and its requirements may include written submissions such as essays, literature reviews, class tests, online publications; oral presentations; assignments and projects and other forms of assessment appropriate to the objectives of the programme. 
  • The assessments dates are normally scheduled on weekly and monthly basis. The assessment dates and components are subjected to changes by RMIT University. 
  • There are no exams for this programme. 
  • Students are allowed to repeat a module once only. 
  • Attendance requirement: 
    • Local students: 75% 
    • International students: 90% 

Requirements to Graduate

Students will be considered as being eligible for the award of Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) when they have satisfactorily completed all academic requirements of the programme as detailed in the Programme Structure.

The degree may be awarded with Distinction based on the student’s academic performance. A degree conferral ceremony is held in August or September each year in Singapore. 

Modules

This 2-year full-time programme comprises of modules bearing a total of 288 credit points. The modules to be offered would be pre-determined and are subjected to changes by the university. 

  • COMM2894 Contemporary Asian Modernities
  • COMM2891 Asian Media and Communication
  • COMM2283 Foundations of Public Relations
  • MKTG1315 Introduction to Advertising
  • COMM2732 Making Media
  • COMM2440 General News Reporting
  • COMM2847 Professional Communication Foundations
  • GRAP2504 Creative Advertising
  • COMM2846 Issues, Risk and Crisis Communication
  • MKTG1462 Public Relations Research Methods
  • COMM2439 Professional Writing
  • COMM2294 Communication Strategy and Planning
  • COMM2899 Asian Mobilities: Practices, Experiences and Impacts
  • COMM2731 Interdisciplinary Communication Project
  • MKTG1458 Applied Public Relations Research: Insights to Action
  • GRAP2693 Art Direction
  • GRAP2694 Copywriting
  • COMM2444 Exploring Asian Popular Culture
  • COMM2490 Client Management
  • COMM2730 Influence and Impact in Public Relations
  • COMM2727 Professional Communication Studio
 

View list of modules and outlines (PDF 553 KB)

View details on programme structure (PDF 696 KB)

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Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

Applicants must have successfully achieved one of the following qualifications:

  • 3 GCE ‘A’ level passes; or minimum of 3 H2 level subjects with a pass or above.
  • An approved Polytechnic Diploma from any of the local polytechnics.
  • An approved Diploma or Advanced Diploma from Singapore Institute of Management or other institutions.
  • An approved Degree from RMIT University or other institutions.

All other qualifications not listed will be considered by RMIT University on case-by-case basis.

Exemptions

Applicants with polytechnic diplomas and other academic qualifications approved by RMIT University will be granted exemptions to the programme. 

The total number of credit points that a student is required to complete will vary depending on their prior qualification. 

Category A (24 months) : Nil
Category B (18 months) : 96 credit points
Category C (8 months) : 192 credit points

View list of approved qualifications and categories grouping (PDF 1 MB)

Equivalent International Qualifications

Those with no Singapore qualification, but meet the RMIT University Criteria from their country of education study may also be eligible to apply.

 

View International Admission Criteria (PDF 564 KB)

English Language Requirements

Applicants who have achieved one of the following qualifications/studies, where English is the language of teaching and assessment no more than two years prior to the RMIT program commencement date (unless otherwise advised), will meet the English language entry criteria to the program(s): 

  • GCE ‘A’ levels at a Singaporean high school with 
    • Minimum C or better in General Paper at AS / H1 Level; or 
    • Minimum C grade in H2 subject (excluding language subjects and Mathematics and Music) for A level English – Singapore H2 (previously known as “A level” subject); or 
  • SIM diplomas as approved by RMIT; or 
  • Other RMIT approved local diplomas with duration less than 3 years; or 
  • Candidates with 3-year full-time diploma qualification from a Singaporean Polytechnic, Lasalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts or B.C.A Academy, within 5 years prior to the commencement of the RMIT programme; or 
  • A minimum of one-year full-time study in an award equivalent to an Australian diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree; or 
  • One semester full-time of a postgraduate qualification (equivalent to an Australian graduate certificate or higher). 

Note:

Applicants will be deemed to have met the English Language criteria with no time limitation; if they have completed one of the abovementioned qualification/studies and have a minimum of 6 years primary/secondary studies of which a minimum of 2 years of this study was undertaken at secondary / senior secondary level, and where the studies was taught and assessed entirely in English from Singapore or other English-speaking country recognised by RMIT. 

Learn more about recognised qualifications

All other applicants can meet the English language entry criteria through the completion of one of the following approved English language proficiency tests no more than two years prior to the RMIT program commencement date: 

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); 
  • TOEFL (internet-based test) – iBT: Overall score 79 (with minimum score of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE(A): 58 (no communication band less than 50); 
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): 176 with no less than 169 in any component; 
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) Advanced Plus or equivalent; OR 
  • The completion of other equivalent qualifications, as approved by RMIT University. 

COVID-19: Temporary Admissions Arrangement 

In response to COVID-19 which has caused a number of cancellations and delays in English language testing, RMIT will temporarily accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and IELTS Indicator for programs that require up to IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with no band less than 6.5 (or equivalent) for semester 1 and 2, 2022 intakes. The requirements are the same as for their respective traditional tests. 

RMIT will also temporarily extend the validity period for an approved English proficiency test for admission from two years to three years prior to the RMIT program commencement date semester 1 and 2, 2022 intakes (some exclusions apply where required for accreditation purposes). 

Learn more

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Fees & Financial Aid

Actual semester fees may vary depending upon exemptions granted and modules taken. Not all modules will be offered every semester.

First semester fees payable upon acceptance of offer. Subsequent semester fees payable before commencement of semester.

Payment can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500) and cheques.
 

Programme Fees 

Entry Route & Modules Required

Singaporeans & PRs

International Students

Category A
(288 credit points in 24 months)
Fees are payable over 8 terms 

S$45,582

S$48,278.40

Category B
(192 credit points in 18 months)
Fees are payable over 6 terms 

S$30,388

S$32,185.60

Category C
(96 credit points in 8 months)
Fees are payable over 3 terms 

S$15,194

S$16,092.80

  • The fees quoted are based on 12-credit module S$1,899.25 (Local student), S$2,011.60 (International student) and 24-credit module S$3,798.50 (Local student), S$4,023.20 (International student).
  • Above fees are inclusive of prevailing GST and exclude textbooks.
  • First semester fees payable upon acceptance of offer. Subsequent semester fees payable before commencement of semester.
  • Not all modules will be offered every semester.
  • For subsequent intakes, please visit website nearer the application period for updated information.
All fees inclusive of current 7% GST (exclude textbooks / course materials). Fees will be subject to revised GST of 8% effective on 1 Jan 2023 and 9% on 1 Jan 2024.
Refer to GST Notes under Fees Tab for more information.

GST Notes
• Fees published are inclusive of current GST of 7%. The parts of fees not invoiced, not paid and where services are not rendered in year 2022 are subject to the new GST rates effective on 1 Jan 2023 and 1 Jan 2024 respectively. Refer to IRAS website here for more details.
• For invoice generated in 2022 for services to be rendered in 2023, if payment is collected by 2022, 7% GST will apply.
• For invoice generated in 2022, if the payment is received in 2023 and service is rendered in 2023, 8% GST will apply. Credit note against original invoice and a new invoice bearing 8% GST will be issued.
• For invoice generated in 2022 and service is rendered in 2022, if payment is collected in 2023 (i.e. late payment), 7% still applies.
 

Mandatory One-time Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Student Development Fee 

A one-time payment applicable to all students embarking on a full-time Diploma or Undergraduate programme at SIM. This fee goes towards activities that will help in students’ personal growth and equip them with functional skills that enhance their employability. 

S$251.45

International Student Induction Fee 

A one-time fee payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience. 

S$428

Application Fee 

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed. 

Local applicants:
S$96.30

International applicants:
S$481.50 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)