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Griffith University offers this degree to provide students with the opportunity to develop key skills and knowledge essential to the media and communication industries. Comprehensive coverage will be given, including media research and analysis skills, knowledge of film and media history including broadcasting policy, regulation, content critique, development techniques applicable in journalism, and new media settings.
Graduates will be ready for work in Journalism, Public Relations, Business Communications, New Media, Film and Television. They will be prepared to excel in administrative, marketing and creative roles in the cultural communications industries. This degree will be the backbone to a successful career in communication and related fields.
To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:
- An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
- A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
- The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study
You must also meet the following requirements:
- Successful completion of the Humanities Pathway OR
- At least 4 OUA Undergraduate units or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0 OR
- An OP Rank of 16 or an ATAR Score of 65*
*These scores/rankings apply to this program for 2016. Until this information is updated in early 2017, applications will continue to be assessed using the requirements listed above as a guide.
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.
Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.
Upon being accepted into Griffith University, you may apply for credit for prior learning which may reduce the time it will take to complete your degree.
Students can follow the study pattern below:
- Study four Level 1 core units
- Choose your two Majors and start with the Level 1 major units
- Complete six units from each of your two Majors
- Complete Level 2 and Level 3 core units
- Choose your electives
Students completing the combination of the Journalism and Public Relations major will need to complete two additional elective unit options due to the inclusion of CJR200 and CMM26 in each of these streams. Please contact Griffith directly for clarification.
The degree will normally be of three year duration for full-time students. Part time students enrolled prior to 2016 may take up to 10 years to accumulate units towards the degree. However part time students commencing from 2016 will have 8 years to accumulate units towards the degree.
To be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Communication, a student must complete 24 units or equivalent as prescribed below:
- A student must complete four core units at Level 1, one core unit at Level 2 and one core unit at Level 3
- A student must complete the recommended units for their chosen majors at Level 1
- A student must complete two major sequences of six units each from Business Communication, Creative Writing, Journalism, Public Relations or Screen Studies with at least six units at third year level
- The remaining elective units for the degree can be made up from a combination of first, second and third year level with a maximum of 10 units in the degree at first year level
- At least eight units (or one third of the degree) must be Griffith units studied via Open Universities Australia
Bachelor of Communication students select two from these five Majors:
- Public Relations
- Business Communication
- Creative Writing
- Screen Studies
All students are recommended to select their electives from the list below and should contact Griffith for approval of alternative elective units.
Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. Please contact the Open Universities Australia Officer, Griffith (OUA) Services at Griffith University.
Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.
There are currently two types of loan:
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After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)
If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.
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When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.
If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).
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- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Please note that the following units have been removed from the Electives list in 2016. If you have completed any of the below units they will still count towards the Bachelor of Communication.
Web Communications - WEB101
Web Publishing - WEB206
Web Media - WEB207
Internet Design - Introduction - DIG251
Making Your Mark in Drawing - VIS14
Australian Politics in a Global Context - POIX101
Introduction to Global Politics - POIX108
Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics: Race, Nation, Class and Gender - POIX201
Power and Legitimacy in Modern Political Thought - POIX206
Film and Philosophy - PHIX365
Australian Society and Cultures - ABT10
Contested Knowledges - ABR13
Griffith University changed the Bachelor of Communication degree to introduce new majors from 2012.
- Existing students who registered to complete the pre-2012 degree structure should refer to the attached transition plan below or contact Griffith (OUA) Services at Griffith University for advice.
Griffith_Bachelor_of_Communication_Transition_2012 (PDF, 151 KB)