Diploma in Public Relations - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary

Course summary - 2016

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Diploma
Number of units: 16 units to complete

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Please note: This course will not be on offer to new students in 2015.

Only students who have registered with Griffith University prior to 24/12/2014 and has completed at least 2 Units from the Diploma of Public Relations through OUA by the end of Study Period 4 2014 will be eligible to complete this award.

The final date on which a student will be able to receive the award of Diploma of Public Relations is 30/11/2016.

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, screen production and new media settings.

Graduates will be ready for work in Journalism, Public Relations, 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 get the most out of this course, follow these steps:

  1. Study the Level 1 Certificate of Public Relations units
  2. Study the Diploma of Public Relations units

A student must complete 16 units, or their equivalent, and meet the following criteria:

  • 8 units from the Certificate of Public Relations units
  • 8 units from the Diploma of Public Relations units

Students not wishing to complete an entire degree can exit the program earlier with these qualifications:

  • Certificate in Public Relations
  • Diploma in Public Relations

Students who have completed the Certificate in Public Relations can progress to the Diploma in Public Relations by completing 8 additional units.


Complete the Certificate of Public Relations units (8 units) plus the following:

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
Need help enrolling? Read our enrolment guide
Unit name Code Provider Availability
New Communication Technologies
CMM16 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Creative and Professional Writing
COM14 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Communication and Organisational Practices
MGM21 UniSA - SP2 SP3 -
Media Audiences
CMM31 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Media Buying and Planning
CMM33 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Screen Analysis
CMM17 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Text and Culture
CMM19 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Business Processes
IBA218 Griffith - SP2 - SP4

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.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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)