ATAR cut-off
78.80 (Median ATAR)
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International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 11496
CRICOS code: 000326M

Study Communication at UON

Study communication and develop cutting-edge skills to produce groundbreaking, thought-provoking and engaging work.

You will learn to both push your individual creative boundaries, as well as embrace the fluid transformations across today’s complex communication landscape. Choose your 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 you for a range careers that contribute to cultural enrichment and commercial success.

Why study with us?

  • Become in-demand: 89% of UON Communication graduates secure jobs soon after finishing university, gaining work-ready reputations due to hands-on study and professional industry placements.
  • Strong job growth: According to Job Outlook Australia job growth is expected to continue across the range of communication careers: journalism, media, public relations, advertising and marketing.
  • Access strong industry ties with campus access to 2NURFM radio studios and business partnership networks with NBN Television, Newcastle Herald and ABC 1233.
  • Learn in cutting-edge communication facilities and dedicated creative spaces to develop well-honed practical skills and industry-level professional practices.

89% Employed ? within four months of graduation
Over 90% ? satisfaction with communication learning resources

Student work showcase

What you will study

Your studies and training will enable you to successfully navigate and leverage the changing information landscape. Develop critical and analytical awareness of the cultural, economic and social significance of communication in a complex and rapidly changing global media environment.

This degree provides a solid foundation and in-depth understanding of both communication theory and practice and allows you to specialise in one or two of four majors.

Depending on your chosen major/s, you could study:

  • cultural studies
  • magazine and broadcast journalism
  • media interviewing
  • media production
  • photomedia
  • professional writing
  • public relations practice
  • screenwriting

You can also take elective courses from a range of disciplines including history, English, religion or sociology.

For details, please refer to the Bachelor of Communication program handbook.

Advanced study options

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Communication you may undertake an additional year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) to complete an Honours degree. The Honours program is designed to further develop and encourage you in your area of specialisation and prepares you for a successful career in the communication industry. It also provides a pathway into research degree study.

Offered by the School of Creative Industries through the Faculty of Education and Arts, the Honours degree in communication aims to produce graduates who will have a well-developed capacity to think critically and creatively about society and culture and their relationship with research into professional communication practice.

When you study communication at the University of Newcastle, you will have the opportunity to learn in our purpose-built facilities including sound and recording studios of industry standard.

Communication (Honours) program handbook


If you are interested in studying a combined Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws degree you can graduate with two degrees in just five years of full-time study.

  1. Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Communication is designed to prepare you to work creatively and analytically across a wide range of sectors and industries. It also opens pathways for further study and research.

Communication employment outcomes span exciting, dynamic and growing fields across various industries around the world, including media, journalism, public relations, advertising and marketing. There is also a good chance of you securing a job after graduating with strong industry growth projections and 89% of graduates from last year getting a job within four months.

Careers by major

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Practical experience

Practical experience

The Bachelor of Communication degree has been designed to incorporate work placement or projects within industry as a significant component of your specialist major. Gain a wide range of practical skills and the confidence to pursue lifelong careers discovering and growing your creative potential.

Communication students are invited to take advantage of our business partnership networks with:

You  will also learn through hands-on study, using a range of purpose-built creative spaces and cutting-edge facilities.

Additionally, Bachelor of Communication students can enrol in international study which offers you the opportunity to undertake an international placement to expand the theoretical knowledge and skills developed in this program and apply knowledge and skills in an external and international context.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA)

Students who complete the Bachelor of Communication with the Public Relations major will graduate with a degree accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).