Bachelor of Communication

2023 Deakin University Handbook

Year

2023 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Communication
Course Map

This course map is for new students commencing from Trimester 1 2023. 

Course maps for commencement in previous years are available on the Course Maps webpage or please contact a Student Adviser in Student Central.

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
OnlineYes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code109272D Burwood (Melbourne)
Deakin course codeA318
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

The first available intake into this course will be Trimester 1, 2023

Course sub-headings

Course overview

In a complex and changing world, effective communication is one of the most powerful tools to connect with people, pursue truth and inspire change. When you study a Bachelor of Communication at Deakin, you’ll learn how to craft content that resonates with your audience across print, digital, audio and video platforms. Whether you’re breaking a critical news story, writing a press release, creating a national campaign or running a high-profile event, you’ll create persuasive messages that move people to action.

Learn how the principles of ethical communication and technology apply in the modern media landscape and develop the critical thinking and practical production skills to target key audiences effectively. Harness your passion for creativity, communication and visual language to shape public opinion and thrive across a wide range of roles in the rapidly evolving media and communications sector.

Want to turn your passion for words into a meaningful career?

How we communicate has the unique power to connect, teach and inspire change. When you study a Bachelor of Communications at Deakin you’ll master your craft, utilising creative practice and technology to shift public perception and make an impact on the world around you. You’ll explore and utilise different communication mediums, developing specialist skills on your journey to becoming a well-rounded and in-demand communications professional.

Specialise in areas you love – from advertising, digital and social media, journalism and public relations – and personalise your degree with complementary study areas, such as integrated communication, creative advertising, photojournalism and Indigenous studies.

As technology and new trends transform culture, organisations and the media landscape, you’ll be encouraged to explore new mediums and utilise the latest technology to create high-impact content.

You'll learn what the modern media industry looks like, executing digital strategies with the latest communication technologies. Some of the key areas you’ll explore:

  • implementing social and digital media content strategies
  • how to engage audiences with podcasts and videos
  • strategic communication planning for advertising, digital and public relations
  • campaigns copywriting and ideation
  • creating inspiring campaigns or events and managing reputations

Our accomplished industry practitioners will inspire and support you on your journey towards building a sustainable creative career doing what you love. You’ll spend your days learning in speciality spaces – from our industry-standard newsroom to the studio – shining a light on stories that matter.

The combination of practical assessments, industry events and internship opportunities mean you’ll graduate with a portfolio of work and a strong network ready to thrive in your future career. Develop the leadership skills and entrepreneurial mindset to manage projects and drive engagement with audiences.

Our flexible approach allows you to personalise your learning to your interests and future career and study in a way that suits you. Feel encouraged to fit your learning in with your busy life, whether you want to slow down or speed up your studies, study on-campus or online.

Study a Bachelor of Communication and work towards a future career that challenges and excites you.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Communication is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA). Graduates are eligible for accelerated membership of the PRIA, ensuring you remain connected and up to date with current industry standards.

Career opportunities

With humans constantly processing more information than ever before, communication play a pivotal role in shaping what people care about. Clear and compelling communication is an influential tool that is highly sought-after across sectors and industries, impacting everything from public opinion, education, politics and social justice issues.

When you study a Bachelor of Communication, you walk away with a diverse range of in-demand and highly transferrable skills that employers are looking for.

You’ll have the critical skills to work across industries, worldwide. Your future career could see you working in private, public, or non-profit sectors, be it a newsroom, a top agency or digital start-up, or even as an entrepreneurial self-starter. Our graduates go on to excel in roles such as:

  • account manager
  • advertising art director
  • brand specialist
  • copywriter
  • digital creative
  • digital marketer or media specialist
  • editor
  • journalist
  • marketing communications strategist
  • media researcher or planner
  • public relations professional
  • publisher
  • social media manager

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

Pathways

Further studies are available at Honours and Postgraduate level. Many students choose to enter into the Bachelor of Communication (Honours) or the Master of Communication.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, the type of fee place you hold, your commencement year, the units you choose and your study load.

Tuition fees increase at the beginning of each calendar year and all fees quoted are in Australian dollars ($AUD). Tuition fees do not include textbooks, computer equipment or software, other equipment or costs such as mandatory checks, travel and stationery.

Use the Fee estimator to see course and unit fees applicable to your course and type of place. Further information regarding tuition fees, other fees and charges, invoice due dates, withdrawal dates, payment methods is available on our Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Evaluate and apply knowledge of media and communication theories, frameworks, ecosystems, and creative practices to provide solutions to real-world contexts.

Communication

Work creatively, and professionally in written, oral, and multimedia formats to communicate with stakeholders, to achieve defined outcomes and to engage target media audiences.

Digital literacy

Locate, gather, synthesise, produce, and publish information using industry-standard software across a range of media forms and platforms to inform and engage diverse audiences.

Critical thinking

Exercise intellectual curiosity, reflexive self-awareness, and ethical judgement to critically analyse and evaluate data and information to inform decisions about communication and media industry practices.

Problem solving

Respond to complex and unpredictable challenges and situations that arise in a professional context and devise pragmatic and creative media and communication solutions that are strategic, legal, and ethical.

Self-management

Recognise and exhibit actions consistent with principles of autonomy, responsibility and accountability required to work effectively as a communication professional in a range of contexts.

Teamwork

Collaborate respectfully and effectively in a timely way with people from different backgrounds and disciplines to foster successful relationships and achieve shared goals.

Global citizenship

Apply relevant industry frameworks to inform ethical decision making that is respectful and inclusive of Indigenous voices and diverse cultures, and demonstrates an awareness of civic and social responsibility.

Approved by Faculty Board February 2022

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Communication, a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 3 credit points of communication thematic core units
  • 3 credit points of employability sequence units

Plus either:

OR

Remaining credit points may be used to undertake elective units.

One major must be taken from the majors offered in the degree in which you are enrolled. The other major and minor sequences may be taken from Bachelor of Creative Arts, Bachelor of Design, or Bachelor of Film Television and Animation major or minor sequences.

Students must also ensure that they have met the following course rules to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Communication:

  • a maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
  • a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

A major or minor sequence is a group of units in a particular area of study taken over the three levels of your course. Each unit is usually worth 1 credit point.

A major sequence is made up of 8 credit points, and a minor sequence is made of 4 credit points.

Students are advised to refer to the details of each major or minor sequence for availability as some may be offered in campus and/or online mode only.

Major sequences

Area of Study Availability

Advertising

Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Digital and Social Media Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Journalism

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Public Relations

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Please check the rules of each major sequence to see which units you need to complete to achieve the required credit points.

Students are advised to refer to the details of each major or minor sequence for availability as some may be offered in campus and/or online mode only.

Minor sequences

Area of Study Availability

Creative Advertising

 Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Digital Media

 Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Indigenous Studies

 Online

Integrated Communication

 Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Journalism

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Photojournalism

Burwood (Melbourne)
Public Relations  Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Social Media

 Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Strategic Advertising

 Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Please check the rules of each minor sequence to see which units you need to complete to achieve the required credit points.

Students are advised to refer to the details of each major or minor sequence for availability as some may be offered in campus and/or online mode only.

Course structure

Communication Thematic Core

ACC100Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: Communication in Everyday Life

ACC213Dilemmas, Defamation, Deception and Disinformation

ACC310Communication Futures

Employability sequence

AWL100Your Future Direction

Plus 1 credit point from:

AWL200Leadership and Transformation

AWL201Communication and Persuasive Presentation

AWL202Entrepreneurial Mindset

AWL203Expand Your Experience

Plus 1 credit point from:

AWL300Internship

AWL301Enhance Your Experience

AWL302Your Professional Story

Work experience

Prepare for your future by getting real world experience and the employability skills to succeed, while completing your degree. The Employability Stream is tailored to support you to be future ready. Deakin’s suite of Work Integrated Learning programs can connect you with internships, social impact programs and opportunities to extend your skills in settings across the globe.

Elective units may also provide additional opportunities for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

Details of major sequences

Advertising

Unit Set Code

MJ-A318001 (major)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Designed to inspire the next generation of ‘big idea’ thinkers, the advertising major gives you the skills to understand complex audiences, analyse media effectiveness and hone your creative thinking. Prepare for the challenges and excitement of developing incisive brand communication for the digital era as you work across real-world projects and connect with advertising practitioners.

Discover what makes a good ad by exploring the principles and practice of advertising. Experiment with future-focused approaches to brand communication, and critically evaluate the role and impact of advertising on society. From your first year, you will have the opportunity to connect with a network of advertising professionals who will become part of your learning journey. You can build valuable industry experience and enhance your resume with an internship at an advertising agency, or with an 'in-house' brand or creative team.


Career outcomes

Pursue a career in agencies, or work in-house in the commercial, corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Deakin graduates find work in roles such as:

  • account manager
  • advertising art director
  • brand specialist
  • copy writing
  • digital creative
  • digital marketer or media specialist
  • marketing communications
  • media researcher or planner
  • social media coordinator
  • transmedia content developers.

Units

To complete a Major sequence in Advertising complete the eight (8) units as specified below

ALA101Advertising Principles and Practices

ALA102Creative Brand Communication

ALA201Art Direction and Visualisation

ALA202Copywriting and Ideation

ALA203Integrated Brand Communication

ALA205Creative Advertising Projects

ALA302Transmedia Storytelling for Brands

ALA304Creative Advertising Campaigns

Note: Incompatible with the Creative Advertising and Strategic Advertising minor sequences

Digital and Social Media

Unit Set Code

MJ-A318002 (major)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Cut through the noise and add value for audiences and clients as a digital and social media professional. You will create a portfolio of podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and more, while exploring big data and analytics, virtual and augmented realities, artificial intelligence and gamification. You will connect to industry from day one onward, building your professional-personal brand, producing real-world digital and social media content, and undertaking internships.

The combination of practical assessments, industry events and internship opportunities mean you graduate with a strong network within online communities and digital media industries, and a portfolio of work demonstrating your entrepreneurial mindset, capacity to drive engagement with audiences and skill in developing and managing digital identity and content strategies. You’ll also have the problem-solving, teamwork, online collaboration and project management skills sought after by employers.


Career outcomes

Digital and social media work spans a diverse range of industries and organisations, from multimedia businesses to public relations agencies to content creation in health organisations, museums, sporting clubs and the broader entertainment industries. Deakin graduates find work in the following roles:

  • content producer/digital producer
  • social media officer/coordinator
  • media assistant/officer/advisor
  • community engagement officer/coordinator
  • social media marketing analyst
  • various social media specialist freelance work.

Units

To complete a Major sequence in Digital and Social Media complete the eight (8) units as specified below

ALM101Making Social Media

ALM102Making Video

ALM201Gamified Media

ALM202Quantified Media

ALM215Global Media

ALM216Social Media Strategy

ALM302Digital Media Entrepreneurship

ALM305Media Ecologies

Note: Incompatible with the Digital Media and Social Media minor sequences

Journalism

Unit Set Code

MJ-A318003 (major)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Tell stories that matter and build a portfolio of work to launch your future in the fast-evolving news media industries. Taking a hands-on approach, you’ll have opportunities to unearth stories, source interviews, and write and produce news packages that engage, entertain and inspire audiences on print, online, video and audio platforms. Make your voice heard on Deakin’s journalism publication, DScribe, and kickstart your career with a sought-after internship with one of our industry partners.

With access to our specialist newsroom and industry-standard equipment on campus or specialising as a mobile journalist from anywhere in the world, you’ll produce news, current affairs and feature packages with impact. You’ll grow your entrepreneurial mindset, from pitching story ideas to promoting the finished product on social media. You’ll be ready for a broad range of careers, from newsrooms, to organisations connecting with customers through story, to an entrepreneurial change maker.


Career outcomes

Our graduates work in-house or freelance for print, radio, television and multimedia newsrooms. They also work in business, government and the not-for-profit sector, taking up roles as:

  • web copywriters
  • book, magazine or newspaper editors
  • copywriters
  • digital content managers
  • digital marketing specialists
  • food writers
  • foreign correspondents
  • journalists
  • magazine writers
  • media and communications advisers
  • news presenters
  • reporters.

Units

To complete a Major sequence in Journalism complete the eight (8) units as specified below

ALJ111Introduction to Journalism

ALJ112News Reporting

ALJ216Feature Writing

ALJ218Podcasting and Audio Journalism

ALJ221Video Journalism

ALJ222From the Fourth Estate to Fake News

ALJ330News Production Workshop 1

ALJ331News Production Workshop 2

Note: Incompatible with the Journalism minor sequence

Public Relations

Unit Set Code

MJ-A318004 (major)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Build and protect the reputation of brands, people, and organisations with skills developed through Deakin public relations. Learn how innovative and ethical communication fosters meaningful relationships with stakeholders and discover what it takes to create inspiring campaigns and events, respond to issues, manage crises, and become an adaptive communications expert.  

You will have the opportunity to make connections with industry professionals, work with real clients and solve real-life problems as you gain the professional skills to become a strategic thinker and creative storyteller. You will graduate with a portfolio of real-world public relations work and you can further boost your industry experience through sought after internships or gain a global perspective of public relations with an international study experience (subject to travel restrictions).


Career outcomes

  • account executives
  • advertising copywriters
  • advertising account managers
  • customer relations officers or managers
  • communication and stakeholder relations officers
  • community relations officers
  • digital content coordinators
  • digital communications specialist
  • event management officers
  • government relations officers
  • marketing and communications coordinator
  • media and communications advisors
  • media relations advisors
  • public relations officers
  • social media account managers.

Units

To complete a Major sequence in Public Relations complete the eight (8) units as specified below

ALR103Introduction to Public Relations

ALR104Strategic Communication and Writing

ALR210Media Relations Strategy

ALR213Issues, Crisis, and Risk Communication

ALR214Lobbying, Advocacy and Public Opinion

ALR212Public Relations Projects

ALR301Public Relations Campaigns

ALR376Ethics, Persuasion and Society

Note: Incompatible with the Public Relations minor sequence

Details of minor sequences

Creative Advertising

Unit Set Code

MN-A318005 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Create advertisements and build an advertising campaign using industry-standard equipment and processes that meets the needs of clients. This minor will suit students seeking to complement their studies in fields such as public relations, digital and social media, and marketing.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Creative Advertising complete the four (4) units as specified below

ALA102Creative Brand Communication

ALA201Art Direction and Visualisation

ALA202Copywriting and Ideation

ALA304Creative Advertising Campaigns

Note: Incompatible with the Advertising major sequence

Digital Media

Unit Set Code

MN-A318006 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Explore how digital media is entwined with our cultural, political, economic and social lives. Throughout the Digital Media minor, you will have opportunities to create content and reflect on your own relationships with pervasive digital tools and platforms and become an active participant and critical consumer of media.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Digital Media complete the four (4) units as specified below

ALM101Making Social Media

ALM202Quantified Media

ALM215Global Media

ALM305Media Ecologies

Note: Incompatible with the Digital and Social Media major sequence

Indigenous Studies

Unit Set Code

MN-A000074 (minor)


Campuses

Online


Overview

This minor sequence of Indigenous Studies units will build understanding, recognition and validity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' ways of Valuing, Being, Knowing and Doing. Completing this sequence of study will facilitate a deeper understanding of ourselves and Australia's multiple histories to foster productive and meaningful relationships in culturally diverse communities, especially with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Indigenous Studies complete four (4) units selected from below

Complete 1 unit from:

IND101Introduction to Aboriginal Studies

IND102Aboriginal Australian Stories and Songlines

Plus 2 units selected from:

IND203Caring for Country

IND204Australian Aboriginal Holistic Health and Healing

IND205Global Indigenous Knowledges and Philosophies

Plus 1 unit selected from:

IND301Politics of Resistance in Indigenous Australia

IND302Working Alongside Aboriginal Communities

Integrated Communication

Unit Set Code

MN-A318007 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Brand storytelling and marketing public relations (MPR) help brands with their content marketing with their content marketing by developing engaging content tailored to target audiences. Combining creative thinking with planning frameworks, this minor will help you learn how to plan, write, and integrate content suitable for delivery for short-term campaigns.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Integrated Communication complete the four (4) units as specified below

ALR104Strategic Communication and Writing

ALA203Integrated Brand Communication

ALR212Public Relations Projects

ALA302Transmedia Storytelling for Brands

Note: Incompatible with the Advertising and Public Relations major sequences

Journalism

Unit Set Code

MN-A318003 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Tell stories that matter and build a portfolio of work to launch your future in the fast-evolving news media industries. Taking a hands-on approach, you’ll have opportunities to unearth stories, source interviews, and write and produce news packages that engage, entertain and inspire audiences on print, online, video and audio platforms. Make your voice heard on Deakin’s journalism publication, DScribe, and kickstart your career with a sought-after internship with one of our industry partners.

With access to our specialist newsroom and industry-standard equipment on campus or specialising as a mobile journalist from anywhere in the world, you’ll produce news, current affairs and feature packages with impact. You’ll grow your entrepreneurial mindset, from pitching story ideas to promoting the finished product on social media. You’ll be ready for a broad range of careers, from newsrooms, to organisations connecting with customers through story, to an entrepreneurial change maker.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Journalism complete the four (4) units as specified below

ALJ111Introduction to Journalism

ALJ218Podcasting and Audio Journalism

ALJ222From the Fourth Estate to Fake News

ALJ330News Production Workshop 1

Note: Incompatible with the Journalism major sequence

Photojournalism

Unit Set Code

MN-A318008 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne)


Overview

Document the world around you in meaningful ways. The Photojournalism minor will build your skills as a visual communicator. Combined with feature writing, you will be prepared for careers in documentary photography, fashion, art, sports, editorial and beyond.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Photojournalism complete the four (4) units as specified below

ACI102Digital Photography

ACI204Photographic Storytelling

ALJ216Feature Writing

ACI303Imaging: Post-Production to Print and Screen

Public Relations

Unit Set Code

MN-A318004 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Public relations plays an important and often unseen role within politics and society. This minor introduces you to less visible areas of public relations and the way organisations adapt to uncertainty through issues management and specialist areas of practice such as lobbying and advocacy. The minor highlights the need for, and use of, ethical frameworks to inform strategic decision-making.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Public Relations complete the four (4) units as specified below

ALR103Introduction to Public Relations

ALR213Issues, Crisis, and Risk Communication

ALR214Lobbying, Advocacy and Public Opinion

ALR376Ethics, Persuasion and Society

Note: Incompatible with the Public Relations major sequence

Social Media

Unit Set Code

MN-A318009 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Build your content creation and online communication skills. The Social Media minor focuses on developing your practical skills, preparing you to create and manage multimedia content across multiple platforms, whether it’s growing your own online profile, cultivating a community or developing a communications strategy for your employer or clients.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Social Media complete the four (4) units as specified below

ALM101Making Social Media

ALM201Gamified Media

ALM216Social Media Strategy

ALM302Digital Media Entrepreneurship

Note: Incompatible with the Digital and Social Media major sequence

Strategic Advertising

Unit Set Code

MN-A318010 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

If you have wondered how brands plan their advertising and promotion campaigns to maximise cross-platform, multichannel impact, this minor should appeal. You will learn how media decisions impact audience responses and brand perceptions, and why advertisers must develop their campaigns to align with branding and promotional strategy.


Units

To complete a Minor sequence in Strategic Advertising complete the four (4) units as specified below

ALA101Advertising Principles and Practices

ALM216Social Media Strategy

ALA203Integrated Brand Communication

ALA302Transmedia Storytelling for Brands

Note: Incompatible with the Advertising major sequence


Other course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Further information

Student Central can help you with course planning, choosing the right units and explaining course rules and requirements.

Other learning experiences

There are opportunities to engage in global mobility (domestic and international) programs including overseas internships and study abroad (subject to offer).

Research and research-related study

Independent research components are embedded across a number of units in this course.