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Bachelor of  Communication

Program code: 2236
QTAC code: 741001
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold

OP

10
/

Rank

79
/

IB

28
Minimum selection threshold

Location

St Lucia

Duration

3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Communication is an expanding area of employment and the Bachelor of Communication teaches you how to fit into a wide range of careers in government, business or the community sector.

  • This program allows you to build a strong foundation in valuable professional skills such as writing, critical thinking, industry engagement, and practice and production.
  • Develop industry-focused communication tactics by working with real organisations, gaining first-hand experience in strategic industry practice.
  • Study a wide range of communication forms, including emerging media platforms and technologies, social media and mobile media. You will also have the opportunity to learn screen, audio and written communication forms.
  • Major in Public Relations, Digital Media or both, and choose from a range of minors. This includes Advertising, Event Management, health Communication, Interaction Design, Journalism, Writing, Public Relations and Digital Media.

Understand the creative and critical processes of media and communication, and how you can use them to find professional success in industries, government and communities.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ is a leader in communication studies – our research ranked 27th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more
  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Student organisations such as the Journalism and Communications Students (JACS) Association and UQ JACdigital media channels provide opportunities for students to network, socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom.

  • In the classroom

    Link up with industry

    This program will enhance your knowledge and practical skills as you learn to put theory into practice through work-integrated learning with media experts across television, radio, print and online journalism.

  • Teaching spaces

    State-of-the-art facilities

    Students have access to audio-recording and digital radio studios, video production studio and post-production suites. Communication and journalism students can also participate in free workshops conducted by the School’s Media and Production Support (MaPS) Team.

  • Why study

    Hear about our program

Majors for this program

Majors for this program

There are 2 majors available in the Bachelor of Communication.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates of this program gain the ability to reach the right people with the right message, build community and stakeholder engagement, and develop a communication campaign from concept to delivery.

Our courses combine practice and theory and provide a platform for further study or employment in a vast range of industries within areas such as:

  • public relations
  • media management
  • corporate communication
  • public affairs
  • media production and analysis
  • social media management
  • organisational communication
  • community engagement.

Graduates may also choose to enrol in an honours year to further their research ambitions and make significant contributions to communication-related research and publications.

Summary

  • Program code
    2236
  • QTAC code
    741001
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Communication in 2019:

OPRankIB
10 79 28

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2019

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Communication:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest2 / 97 1 / 99
Median10 / 79 10 / 81
Lowest11 / 77 10 / 79

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Communication are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Communication. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Communication in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education studyN/P N/P
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study0 0%
(C) Work and life experience0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
16 16.33%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5 <5
International students70 71.43%
Total98 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

Notes:
"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Communication:

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Communication have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Communication.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Digital Media

The Digital Media major offers a sequence of courses dealing with contemporary media practices, institutions and technologies. Students will learn a combination of critical analytic, research, production, management and planning skills related to contemporary media industries. The major is distinctive for its emphasis on a combination of critical perspectives, research and analytic frameworks, and content and platform management. The major prepares students to work in industry roles that require a combination of digital analytics, social engagement and content production skills. The major approaches media as technologies for orchestrating social, cultural and political life. Across the major courses focus on the continuous evolution of media technologies and industries, the interactive and data-driven platforms that now form the basis of everyday media infrastructure, significant domains of cultural production such as news and television, and the role media plays in the formation of identity.

Public Relations

The Public Relations major will teach you all the skills and knowledge expected of a well-rounded PR professional. As a student in the Public Relations major, you'll learn about topics like the planning, designing and execution of public relations campaigns; public relations writing and production; and crisis communications and issues management. The major also emphasises professional accountability and examines the legal and ethical principles that frame professional communication practices in Australia. Students can also undertake these majors as minors, along with: Advertising Event Management Health Communication Interaction Design

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Government assistance

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Communication are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,848
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Communication for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Communication need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Communication is 741001. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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