Bachelor of Communication

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Bachelor of Communication


Program summary

Build the skills to change what people understand.

The world is experiencing unprecedented change and communication is at the forefront of this change. Taught by industry professionals, the Bachelor of Communication provides you with the essential combination of theoretical and practice-based digital, social media and communication skills across the communication industries. The program offers you an opportunity to gain both a breadth and depth of knowledge in the core communication disciplines, building your skills and preparing you to work in media, marketing and communication. The ability for you to select a combination of discipline study areas to suit your skills, interests and career aspirations means that you will graduate with a range of proficiencies and flexibility of employment choices in an industry characterised by rapid change.

You can choose to major in Creative Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing and benefit from the opportunity to work with real clients developing real communication solutions in our on-campus student communications agency Digitall, or through projects and work placements within industry. As you progress through your degree, your interest in the industry flourishes as briefs from your clients roll in. Real clients with real communication needs waiting to be met, with real deadlines for real markets. You’ll work in agency teams in Digitall. Each of you has a role to play in your team. One is creative director while another leads strategy and yet another liaises with your client and keeps your team on track. Ideas snowball, whiteboards fill with ideas, the best ones turning into communication campaigns that are ready to present to your client – ready to go to market. Imagine this experience on your resume!

Plus, you can travel overseas to global consumer marketplaces such as New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Vietnam on international industry study tours or undertake life-changing overseas study with a semester abroad at one of our global partner universities through the Study Overseas program.

This is a real-world education for a new world, one where you will create your own career. And we’ll help ensure that you hit the ground running.


Creative advertising; journalism; marketing; public relations.

Career opportunities

Depending on the major selected: journalism, professional writing, public relations, event management, advertising, corporate communication, creative writing, web editing.

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your Recommended Study Sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (6)

COR109 Communication and Thought
BUS105 Introduction to Marketing
CMN102 Creativity and Communication
CMN120 Public Relations: Contemporary Perspectives
CMN130 Introduction to Journalism
CMN140 Introduction to Creative Advertising 

Major or minor courses (14)

Select 14 courses toward 2 majors or 1 major and 2 minors from: 

*With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students may replace a specified communication major or minor with a study component^ that the Program Coordinator deems to be equivalent to an approved USC study component, completed or commenced at another university or comparable tertiary institution.

^A coherent set of courses that develop a particular academic theme which is formally recognised on the Official Statement of Academic Record.



Elective courses (4)

Select 4 elective courses from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering)

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses, including the core course
  • You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Required introductory courses may count toward some majors and minors
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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