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3 year(s) full-time


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10 - 15 hours per week per course

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Key features

  • Learn how to deliver effective communication strategies across a range of traditional and emerging media platforms with a focus on journalism, social media and content creation.

  • Develop the critical and analytical thinking skills required for strategic planning and communication management.

  • Choose a degree developed in consultation with industry experts and learn from academics who are leaders in their field.

  • Apply your knowledge in the workplace while you study and improve your communication skills before you graduate.



Study on demand – a 100% online communication degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, engage with content from day one of your course, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Powerful communication is about crafting the right message, at the right time to disseminate knowledge and information to a variety of audiences, across various channels and media. 

This degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to create and deliver effective communication strategies across a range of traditional and emerging media platforms.

Along with your flair for writing, you’ll learn to build effective social media strategies, manage reputations in a crisis, as well as evaluate and improve communication practices. You’ll be able to swiftly apply your skills well before you graduate and will come out as a savvy communication professional ready to build your career in this fast-paced and dynamic industry.

Study Communication on Demand

Dr Sally Lewis, Program Director: Communication and Media and Richard McInnes, Online Educational Designer: UniSA Online give an insight into what the Communication degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

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Why Bachelor of Communication

Why this Degree

Communication is at the core of how we live today in an increasingly connected world – and skilled communicators are essential in every organisation.

Taught by academics with strong industry connections, you'll learn to develop effective communication strategies and engaging content for both traditional and new digital mediums.

Your understanding of media management, audience behaviour and professional writing is underpinned by a theoretical understanding of public communication and technical skills in writing and editing.

This degree will prepare you to work across a vast, technologically diverse media landscape. You’ll explore current and emerging trends in the field – so you can be confident that what you’re learning will prepare you for the workforce, no matter what industry you choose to work in.

Your career


Communication gives students a wide range of employment options, both in terms of the type of work they undertake and the industry sectors in which they can be employed. From healthcare, financial services, IT, community organisations to not-for-profit and government, the opportunities are endless. And the industry is constantly changing. A decade ago, the role of a social media manager might not have even existed. Today, however, almost every organisation is involved in social media in one way or another.

A UniSA Online Communication degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Communication officer:
    plan and write content for promotional publications and material.
  • Content creator and writer: write for a range of channels and mediums including web, blogs, news, social media, search engine optimisation, publications and advertising.
  • Digital and social media manager:
    develop and implement marketing strategies for an organisation’s social media sites.
  • Media liaison officer:
    liaise between organisations to communicate and coordinate activities.
  • PR coordinator:
    understand and support client needs – and use all forms of media and communication to build, maintain and manage their reputation.
  • Marketing and communication officer:
    coordinate advertising and public relations activities for businesses.
  • Online editor:
    plan, create, edit and publish content online.

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Four start dates in January, March, June and September
  • Learn in bite-sized 10-week blocks
  • 24/7 access to learning resources
  • Online student support services seven days a week
  • All content available from the start of your course
  • Flexible around your life
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • One minute online credit check

Why UniSA Online?

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Our graduates get jobs

You will be studying with a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career, or take it to the next level. In fact, we’re ranked in the top ten in Australia for online students who find full time employment1.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

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Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support to help with your studies

Every UniSA Online student will have have access to dedicated support by our Student Adviser team, who have specific knowledge about the degree you're enrolled in. It’s what makes the UniSA Online study experience unique from other online providers. You can be confident that by studying with UniSA Online, you’ll be supported by people who genuinely care about your success.

Online tutor support seven days a week

UniSA Online tutors are available to answer your questions seven days a week – even on week nights. Our tutors specialise in online teaching, and will provide highly personalised support tailored to your needs. They’ll provide guidance on your assignments, as well as provide advice on writing and referencing. If you’ve got a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response in 24 hours.

24/7 tech support

You don’t need to be a tech expert to study online. Our IT Help Desk are on available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, connection to UniSA wireless, student email and other UniSA Apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support via a range of channels including online enquiry, email and phone.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop-shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

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What others are saying

"Studying online suited me perfectly as I continued to work full-time in the retail industry. The flexibility of online study allowed me to study from the comfort of my own home, and pursue an education that I otherwise would not have experienced - all of which have now helped me further my career."

Artyom Zinoviev

Graduate Diploma (Communications & PR)


Artyom Zinoviev

Graduate Diploma (Communications & PR)

The Bachelor of Communication offers a real balance between theoretical practice and hands on experience. Whether you are interested in becoming a Communications Officer, Social Media Co-ordinator or Media Advisor, this degree will give you the skills you need to embark in a career in communications.

Dr Sally Lewis

Program Director and Lecturer: Bachelor of Communication


Dr Sally Lewis

Program Director and Lecturer: Bachelor of Communication

Industry facts


Employment for sales, marketing and public relations professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 14,000 (12.1 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Employment for advertising, public relations and sales managers in Australia is projected to increase by 6,500 (5.2 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Between now and 2020, the total Australian media and entertainment market will reach $47.4 billion1.

1PwC Media and Entertainment Outlook report 2016

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will develop expertise in core communication areas such as public relations, marketing, communication research, promotional communication and strategic communication planning.

Courses you’ll study include:

  • News Reporting
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Introduction to Social Media
  • News and Social Media Connections

You will graduate with specialist knowledge in journalism and social media, with the skills to deliver effective communication strategies across a range of industries and media platforms.

This degree allows you to apply what you’ve learned to real-world scenarios – you’ll complete a comprehensive, industry-standard communication plan in your final year.

Tailor your degree to your interests and broaden your career prospects through your choice of electives - you can select two electives from a range of UniSA Online degrees.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.

We have some great tools that will help you organise your study schedule. Your personalised learning planner allows you to keep on top of assessments and study workload while managing work and personal commitments.



All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports

What courses you'll study

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

Second year
Elective 1
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Elective 2
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Third year
Elective 3
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Elective 4
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IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java, and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

Online Course Facilitators

I have extensive experience in developing and delivering many communication courses for the online environment, and have taught at UniSA for more than six years both on-campus and online. Prior to this, I worked as a communication manager for more than 10 years in central and state government in the UK and Adelaide.

Finding and integrating engaging and interactive technologies into the curriculum makes my role as an online academic more stimulating and rewarding, particularly when I see the quality of student engagement increase as the teaching period progresses.

Fae Heaselgrave

Online Course Facilitator

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Fae Heaselgrave

Online Course Facilitator


Previously a Communications Manager for over a decade and an active member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, I have taught at a number of Australian tertiary institutions in Australian and Vietnam. I am also a current PhD candidate exploring the changing communication needs of academics. I am excited to be an Online Course Facilitator in Communication, bringing a commitment to student-centred learning and high quality teaching to the role.

Kim Burley

Online Course Facilitator

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Portrait image for Kim Burley

Kim Burley

Online Course Facilitator


How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your eligibility
    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to request a call back, continue your application or save it for later.

  2. Receive your conditional offer
    Once you complete the eligibility checker, you’ll receive an email with your conditional offer to start studying with UnISA Online. It will have all the information you need to complete your application.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents
    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

That’s it! Once you hit submit, your application will be assessed within three business days.

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