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University of South Australia

Communication and Media

Interested in Communication and Media?

Skilled communicators are essential in every organisation. Our adaptable communication and media qualifications will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to create, develop and deliver effective communication across a range of platforms. 

Our suite of postgraduate degrees will give you specialised skills and advanced knowledge to prepare you for management roles within the communication, media and creative industries sectors.

Developed and designed with industry, our qualifications are relevant, up-to-date, and guaranteed to provide you with the best start in a fast-paced industry. The curriculum continues to be informed by industry partners, including an advisory group of practicing communication and media professionals.

Key features

  • Study a degree that has been designed and developed in consultation with industry.
  • Gain valuable real-world experience when you complete a final-year industry placement or project.
  • Study at a university ranked No. 1 in SA for graduate skills in Media and Communications1 and learning resources in Media and Communications2.
  • Learn from industry experts.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Language, Communication and Culture3.
  • Benefit from flexible study options – you can choose to study on-campus or online.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Communications – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.
2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Communications – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.
32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Learn more about communication at UniSA

Want to create content that can inform and inspire? Hear about the different career pathways a professional communicator can take, including in areas like digital and social media, public relations, communications advisory, media, freelancing, and more.

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Why UniSA?

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities1, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

We’ve invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you will have access to the latest technologies and will learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces. We’ve had 100% of our research rated at or above world-class2, and this excellence shines through our teaching. Our people are inspired by challenges and opportunities. We partner with local icons and international industry professionals to focus on real-world projects.

1UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

UniSA offers the following Communication and Media degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. At UniSA we offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set. 

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

Communication is at the core of everything we do – and skilled communicators are essential in every organisation. Careers to consider:

  • communication officer: plan content and write copy for promotional publications and material
  • digital and social media manager: responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies for an organisation’s social media sites
  • media liaison officer: liaise between two organisations to communicate and coordinate activities
  • public relations practitioner: understand and support client needs – and use all forms of media and communication to build, maintain and manage their reputation
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, and our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

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 2020.1

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 2020.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 


Between now and 2020, the total Australian media and entertainment market will reach $47.4 billion.1

1PwC Media and Entertainment Outlook report 2016

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Study at UniSA

Hear from Minnie as she shares her experiences studying at UniSA and her journey as a Communication and Media graduate.

The degree focuses on communication for both traditional and online media. You will learn how to plan, deliver and evaluate effective communication that engages and entertains audiences via a range of media.

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What others are saying

This degree is very versatile and has allowed me to combine all my specific interests, including public relations, journalism and digital design, into one degree. I also had the opportunity to undertake an internship as part of the program and a short course in Florence, Italy, studying media and communication in the fashion industry.

Helena Senesi

Bachelor of Communication and Media

Helena Senesi

Helena Senesi

Bachelor of Communication and Media

As a communications professional I have the skills required to increase awareness and ensure that life-saving blood and blood products are available for those in need. Throughout my studies I learnt so much from both my lecturers and classmates – a real benefit of the program is that you are surrounded by like-minded professionals.

Emma Schreiber

Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Relations)

Emma Schreiber

Emma Schreiber

Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Relations)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.


A five star university

Five stars for research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness and innovation*
*2023 QS Stars Ratings