University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Communication

University of Newcastle

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00109J

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.


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


  • Journalism
  • Media Production
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations
  • News and Digital Media Major
  • Media Production Major
  • Experience Creation Major
  • Public Relations and Strategic Communications Major

Standard 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.


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

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.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Callaghan International: $110,861
  • ATAR: 67
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Callaghan.

Fees are indicative and subject to variation. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection. Other costs may include cost of travel to/from placements and out of area accommodation if required.

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