Bachelor of Communication

University of Newcastle

Study a Bachelor of Communication degree to develop cutting-edge skills to produce ground-breaking, thought-provoking and engaging work in diverse media industries. This degree provides a solid foundation and in-depth understanding of both communication theory and practice. With a range of course options in communications students learn to push their individual creative boundaries, as well as embrace the fluid transformations across today's complex communication landscape. Choose from four major area/s of study and develop strong work-ready skills; writing, creating and producing creative content for television, film, print, radio and digital media. Communication studies at UON integrate intensive practical experience and industry opportunities, preparing students for a range careers that contribute to cultural enrichment and commercial success. This degree gives students the analytical skills and knowledge to work creatively in all forms of media including production, print, broadcast, film, the internet, public relations and policy development. Students will learn to push their individual boundaries and work as part of a team contributing to the dynamic cultural and creative industries both in Australia and around the globe. Students develop critical and analytical awareness of the cultural, economic and social significance of communication in a complex and rapidly changing global media environment. Graduates will be enabled to successfully navigate and leverage the changing information landscape. Depending on the chosen major/s, students study courses in various sectors of media production and theory including: cultural studies; magazine and broadcast journalism; media interviewing; media production; photomedia; professional writing; public relations practice; screenwriting.

Course Fee:

International: $99,666

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; or approved TAFE studies, or another preparatory program, such as Newstep, Open Foundation or Yapug; Selection via ATAR or equivalent.


240 units including 80 units of core courses; 80 units of courses in a major; and 80 units of electives.

Subjects you can Study:

Journalism; Media Production; Media Studies; Public Relations

Study Pathways:

Credit may be available to students who have completed a TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma. Honours is available as an extra year for meritorious students. Postgraduate coursework and research degrees are also possible.


Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) for students in the Public Relations major.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan 60 Yes Part time 6 years
Callaghan 60 Yes Full time 3 years

Since our foundation as an independent university in 1965, the University of Newcastle has specialised in delivering world-class education to talented students from all walks of life. 

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