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Bachelor of Communication

Overview

Right people. Right message. Creative communication specialists are increasingly in demand in our fast-paced, ever-changing digital landscape.

With dramatic changes taking place in media industries, technologies and cultures, our Bachelor of Communication prepares you for a lifetime of creative and innovative use of media and communication.

You'll build a strong foundation in writing, industry engagement (including internships), practice and production skills, and critical thinking.

Your study covers a wide range of communication forms, including emerging media platforms and technologies, social media, mobile media, and screen, audio and written forms. You'll gain the skills to reach the right people with the right message, from concept to delivery. Plus you'll develop industry-focused communication tactics through working with real organisations, gaining firsthand experience in strategic industry practice.

The core set of courses introduce you to the central features of contemporary communication processes, and you then specialise by choosing a major in either public relations or digital media.

All courses combine practice and theory, giving you the skills to make your mark on the world.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
QTAC Code
741001
Program Code
2507
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$34960 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
741001
Program Code
2507
CRICOS Code
043736D
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Prepare yourself for an exciting career in media and communication, in both the private and public sectors.
  • Build a strong foundation in writing, industry engagement, production skills and critical thinking.
  • Develop expertise in multimedia and online content production, social media engagement and analytics, community and stakeholder engagement, and campaign development.
  • Be on the cusp of emerging media platforms and digital methods, and be in demand globally.

96 in the world for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2021

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Digital Media
  • Public Relations

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Studios
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to Strategic Communication
  • Media and Society
  • Connectivity and Culture
  • Multimedia

Dual programs

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Communication and engagement officer
  • Communications manager
  • Communications officer
  • Communications adviser
  • Public relations specialist
  • Public relations and social media manager
  • Digital media product manager
  • Digital media specialist
  • Digital content producer
  • Copywriter
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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
78.0028

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our guaranteed minimum ATAR (PDF, 1.38 MB) you could secure an offer for your preferred program.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Communication are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Communication for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest94.4594.45
Median82.3582.35
Lowest77.1578.1

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

66.32%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

<5<5
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
1414.74%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
00%

International students

7477.89%

Total

95100%

"<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.

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Digital Media

This major focuses on the continuous evolution of media technologies and industries.

It also covers 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.

You'll learn a combination of critical analytic, research, production, management and planning skills related to contemporary media industries.

Graduates will be candidates for work in the media industries, as well as the expanding array of organisations that have in-house media production and management.

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Public Relations

Be well-prepared for both the technical and advisory roles that are central to professional public relations practice.

You'll acquire skills in media management, learn to identify and manage organisational issues and crises, and develop industry materials and strategic campaigns for real client organisations.

Graduates will gain a critical understanding of the role played by public relations locally and globally, examined within ethical, socially responsible and legal frameworks. Work will typically be found in PR, government, corporate, the media and NGO sectors.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Digital Media

This major focuses on the continuous evolution of media technologies and industries.

It also covers 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.

You'll learn a combination of critical analytic, research, production, management and planning skills related to contemporary media industries.

Graduates will be candidates for work in the media industries, as well as the expanding array of organisations that have in-house media production and management.

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Public Relations

Be well-prepared for both the technical and advisory roles that are central to professional public relations practice.

You'll acquire skills in media management, learn to identify and manage organisational issues and crises, and develop industry materials and strategic campaigns for real client organisations.

Graduates will gain a critical understanding of the role played by public relations locally and globally, examined within ethical, socially responsible and legal frameworks. Work will typically be found in PR, government, corporate, the media and NGO sectors.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $34,960

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Communication for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

AUD $14,089

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Communication for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Communication is 2507.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Communication is 741001.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

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

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

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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