Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC092 (Internal)

Study as
Part-time only


$AU 12,200 per 0.5 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2024

Degree overview

  • Gain specialised skills and advanced knowledge to be well-prepared for management roles within the communication, media and creative industries sectors.
  • Gain specialised knowledge and skills in strategic communication, public relations, campaigns and crisis management, and content creation.
  • This qualification is informed by industry experts and has specialised work-integrated learning assessments.
  • Set yourself apart with a qualification that responds to the fast-changing needs of current work environments.
  • Flexible learning options and pathways into further learning, including Graduate Diploma and Master studies.
  • Learn and study in a supportive, workshop-based environment, either in person or online.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Language, Communication and Culture1.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities2, 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.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
2UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



Gain specialised skills and advanced knowledge in strategic communication, campaign and crisis management, public relations and content creation.

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication responds to the fast-changing needs of employment and society with a focus on the creative industries sector, encompassing communication and media, which is one of the fastest growing sectors of employment globally.

Covering the hot topics of communications plans for crisis communication, content development and management, and public relations strategies, the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communications allows you to transform theory into work-relevant skills via the production of deliverables for industry partners.

Study in an environment with connections to industry partners and real-world projects.

This degree is a pathway into the Master of Communication, allowing you to gain further knowledge and industry networks.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the tools and techniques required for strategic communication planning and implementation across digital and traditional communication platforms.

You will study four industry relevant and informed courses covering emerging communication discipline areas including:

  • Communication and Media Advanced
  • Communication Contexts
  • Campaigns and Crises
  • Content Creation 

You will be able to apply these principles practically as you produce plans and deliverables for industry-engaged partners or your own workplace.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Communication and Media: Advanced COMM 4005 4.5 Note(s): 2
Communication Contexts COMM 5004 4.5
Campaigns and Crises COMM 5005 4.5
Content Creation COMM 5084 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • portfolios
  • reports
  • essays
  • projects
  • online activities

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication

Why this Degree

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication responds to the fast-changing needs of employment and society with a focus on the creative industries sector, encompassing communication and media, which is one of the fastest growing sectors of employment globally.

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication provides you with industry informed courses enabling you to develop an advanced understanding of the required competencies of an effective communication professional working within and across strategic communication planning and deliverables.

Our curriculum is informed and continuously updated through industry engagement with well-regarded communication and media companies. You can be assured that the skills you learn will be industry-relevant and highly sought after.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online and may be offered on campus. For the online offering, you will:

  • study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Career outcomes

Your career

Communication is at the core of everything we do – and skilled communicators are essential in every organisation. Graduates of this qualification can work as a:

  • Communications manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Public relations manager
  • Public relations consultant
  • Content creator
  • Copywriter

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

Fae is the Program Director for the suite of postgraduate programs in Communication, and lecturer in communication and media. Fae has ten years industry experience as a strategic communications professional, having worked in public health communication for the Department of Health in the UK and in Adelaide, and as stakeholder engagement manager in the disability sector. Fae also has more than ten years’ experience teaching public relations, communication and media students across four universities in Australia, making innovative use of teaching technologies to engage students in face-to-face and online learning.

Dr Fae Heaselgrave

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Fae Heaselgrave

Dr Fae Heaselgrave

Program Director


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