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Bachelor of Communication

This flexible degree allows you to tailor your study areas to suit your skills, interests, and career aspirations. Choose to major in Social Media or Journalism, with options to add minors in Strategic Global Communication and Creative and Interactive Advertising or select elective courses that engage your creativity and provide exposure to international skillsets and future work opportunities.

Explore majors and minors for the Bachelor of Communication.

In this program you will:

  • Gain a breadth and depth of knowledge in the core communication disciplines
  • Become well-grounded in key themes in global communication and multicultural discourses
  • Become job-ready for a range of media careers including roles in journalism, editing, marketing, corporate, social and community communication
  • Develop briefs and communication campaigns and work with real clients
  • Gain exposure to industry with work placement opportunities

Location

CRICOS code

058396G

Entry threshold

55.00 55.00 55.00 ATAR/Rank
ATAR/Rank

Duration

3 years 3 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$14,624 CSP
CSP
A$24,400 / A$73,200 Annual fee / Estimated total fee
Annual fee / Estimated total fee

QTAC code

011041 014041 015015

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Limited Major and Minor options available at UniSC Moreton Bay

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
24
Total units
288
Duration
3 years 3 years
CRICOS code
058396G
UniSC program code
AR342
Program coordinator
Program structure
Introductory courses (6) 72 units

CMN101 Introduction to Creative Entrepreneurship
CMN106 Contemporary Communication Theory and Trends
CMN107 Communication for the Creative Professional
CMN109 Editing for Professionals
CMN120 Introduction to Contemporary Global Media and Communication
CMN150 Digital Journalism

Graduate courses (1) 12 units

CMN314 Global Communication

PLUS select 1 course (1) 12 units from:

BCI302 Work Integrated Learning Project
BCI303 Work Integrated Learning Placement

Plus select 16 courses (192 units) towards 1 required major and 1 major from the specified list; or 1 required major and 2 minors: 

*With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students may replace a specified communication major or minor with a study component^ that the Program Coordinator deems to be equivalent to an approved USC study component, completed or commenced at another university or comparable tertiary institution.
^A coherent set of courses that develop a particular academic theme which is formally recognised on the Official Statement of Academic Record.

Required Major

Select 1 required major from:

Majors

Minors

^Not currently available at Moreton Bay campus.

Elective courses

Select up to a total of 12 to 36 units from the undergraduate elective course options. The number of electives will vary depending on the majors or minors chosen.

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Study sequences

Student profile

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 55.00
Moreton Bay 55.00
Online 55.00
Recommended prior study
English
Program requirements
Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 units per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Required introductory courses may count toward some majors and minors
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Communication programs - Inherent Academic Requirements

USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Advertising executive
  • Content strategist
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate communications officer
  • Creative director
  • Marketing officer
  • Public relations officer
  • Social media manager

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$14,624
Annual tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$24,400
Estimated total tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$73,200

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to USC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at USC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your USC experience today.

Need help with submitting your application?

USC has appointed representatives to assist you with submitting your application and provide information about the steps you need to complete to begin your studies. You can contact a USC Representative in your area.

Any questions? Contact us.

QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 011041
Moreton Bay 014041
Online 015015
Design and conduct a research project solving real-world problems for an industry partner
Work one-on-one with a supervisor
Tailor your degree with your choice of major and minors
Fiona Roberts Graduate

Student story

"I learned so much, not just about business communications, but about myself. It was all-encompassing and I was exposed to this amazing range of people and subjects."