Start date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 32,100 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
  • IELTS speaking [6.0]
  • IELTS listening [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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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 in Social and Digital Media Management, Strategic Communication, and Professional Communication.
  • Set yourself apart with a qualification that responds to the fast-changing needs of current work environments.
  • Pathways into further learning, including the Master of Communication.



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

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

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 (independent study). 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.

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

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


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

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. 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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Dr Fae Heaselgrave

Program Director


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