Start Date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GD119 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


$AU 24,400 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2024

Degree overview

  • Gain specialised skills and advanced knowledge to be well-prepared for management roles within the communication and media industry.
  • Gain specialised knowledge in Social and Digital Media Management, Strategic Communication, and Campaign development.
  • Study with SA's No.1 university for graduate careers in Media and Communications1
  • 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 the Master of Communication
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Language, Communication and Culture2.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities3, 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.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Communications – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Postgraduate). SA public universities.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
3UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



Gain specialised skills and advanced knowledge to be well-prepared for management roles within the communications, media and creative industries sector.

The Graduate Diploma in Communication provides a broad-based communication qualification with a focus on the impact of digital disruption within media and the creative industries. Explore areas of social media management, public relations and campaign development, providing you with key management skills that will be complemented by critical analysis of the possibilities and impacts of digital media and how these impact your sector.

We also have on offer two short courses, including:

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Graduates of this postgraduate qualification will have advanced management and writing skills, along with knowledge of contemporary practice, social and digital media management, ethical communication, strategic communication plans and practices.

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

  • Communication and Media
  • Social Media Management
  • Communication Contexts
  • Digital Design
  • Content Creation
  • Campaigns and Crisis Management
  • Professional Communication

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Communication and Media: Advanced COMM 4005 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1,2
Social Media Management COMM 5069 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Communication Contexts COMM 5004 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Professional Communication COMM 5081 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Campaigns and Crises COMM 5005 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Content Creation COMM 5084 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Managing Digital Design COMM 5068 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2

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 Diploma in Communication

Why this Degree

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

The Graduate Diploma in Communication provides you with industry-informed courses in Communication and Media, Social Media Management, Public Relations, Strategic Communication and Digital Design, developing an advanced understanding of the required competencies of an effective communication professional and what it takes to thrive in today’s fast-changing workforce.

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 on campus. For the online offering, you will:

  • study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • learn and study in a supportive, workshop-based environment, either in person or online
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for teamwork 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 gain careers as a:

  • Strategic communications manager: develop integrated communication and marketing campaigns, set clear communication goals and objectives, develop strategies, tactics, budgets and schedules for a campaign – and learn to measure the effectiveness of each medium to monitor success.
  • Social media manager: responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies for an organisation’s social media sites
  • Marketing manager
  • Public relations account manager: understand and support client needs – and use all forms of media and communication to build, maintain and manage their reputation
  • Media liaison officer: liaise between two organisations to communicate and coordinate activities
  • Content creator and writer: write for a range of channels and mediums, including web, blogs, news, social media, search engine optimisation, publications and advertising.

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 of 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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