Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication)

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Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication)


Program summary

Leading-edge communication for a changing world

Learn leading-edge communication skills and develop yourself as an agent of social change. The program brings together a range of complementary disciplinary perspectives including ethics, publishing, journalism, public relations, and social media. You will learn how people are influenced and persuaded by communication, whether through spoken, written, visual, or other means. As a professional communication student, you will be exposed to literary, technical, Indigenous and sustainability perspectives on communication. As a graduate you will be in demand in almost every area of contemporary work.

In this program you will:

  • Be equipped to expertly use various communication methods and professional techniques.
  • Give you the edge and prepare you for the evolving contemporary professional workplace.
  • Gain a foundation in sophisticated written and spoken language skills alongside nuanced listening and analytical skills.
  • Focus on technical, cultural and practical aspects and applications of language in diverse occupations and socio-cultural contexts.

Career opportunities:

  • Social media specialist
  • Content strategist
  • Communication manager
  • Editor
  • Speech Writer
  • Professional Negotiator
  • Professional Speaker
  • Technical writer

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (4) 48 units

CMN101 Introduction to Creative Entrepreneurship
CMN106 Contemporary Communication Theory and Trends
CMN107 Introduction to Professional Communication
COR109 Communication and Thought

Developing and Graduate courses (12) 144 units

CMN204 Social Media: Content Curation and Creation
CMN213 Editing for the Communications Professional
CMN228 Media Publishing: Law & Ethics
CMN252 Public Relations Writing
CMN276 Social Media
CMN309 Transmedia Storytelling Campaigns
CMN313 Creativity, Design and Communication Project
CMN314 Global Communication
CMN315 Communication Research
EGL201 Reality Bites: An Exploration of Non-Fiction
EGL206 Reading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writing
SUS202 Communicating Sustainability

Elective courses (8) 96 units

Select 8 courses (96 units) from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law) or (Science, Health, Education and Engineering). 2 electives (24 units) must be developing and graduate (200/300 coded) level courses. Students are strongly encouraged to use their electives to complete an additional major or minor.

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

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level courses, including core courses
Program Notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 units per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of academic calendar dates
  • 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 Student visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses

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:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • 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 / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling in askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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