Introduction to Communication
Start a new career with an online communications degree, and develop the skills necessary to succeed in a range of administrative, marketing and creative roles. Using an undergraduate communications course as a launch pad, you’ll understand how modern media has evolved, engage with emerging technologies, and explore different media forms to find your perfect career match.
Discover why communications is the right path for you by exploring your study options through Open Universities Australia. All courses are delivered online by leading Australian universities.
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Undergraduate communications degrees like a Bachelor of Communications or a Bachelor of Marketing and Communication can help you develop the skills you need to produce thought-provoking and engaging work in a range of media industries. These qualifications will teach you how to push your creative boundaries and embrace the fluid transformations occurring across today’s complex communication landscape.
Once you’ve chosen your primary area of study, prepare to develop strong work-ready skills, including in writing and critical thinking and producing creative content for film, TV, radio, documentaries, print, digital media and more.
Communications jobs are varied. They can be fast-paced or slower in nature, and public-facing or behind the scenes. And with the digitisation of the industry constantly evolving, there are an abundance of careers out there for passionate communicators.
One of the best things about choosing a communications career path is that you have plenty of scope for movement. Most businesses need communications professionals, which means you have the freedom to shift between industries and carve out a career in whatever shape or form you choose.
Many graduates take on roles in:
- Advertising and marketing
- Business writing
- Creative writing
- Media and journalism
- Public relations
- Publishing and editing
- Technical writing
- Travel writing
- TV and film production
Unlike when you study through a traditional university, you can enrol you in most of the undergraduate subjects available through our website instantly. Enrol in the subjects you’re interested in, and as soon as your study materials arrive, you can start learning online.
As you start completing your subjects, you’ll eventually need to apply to your uni to formally enter your degree. Enrolling in subjects is a great way of becoming eligible and applying successfully. Check out the Registering in this degree section on the degree page you're interested in for more information.
Postgraduate subjects are different. Most of them are restricted, meaning you’ll have to apply for entry and be accepted before you can start studying online. You’ll find information about the application process on the postgraduate degree page that you’re interested in.
Enrolling is easy. You can enrol online or over the phone with a student advisor.
Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we can help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study. Chat with us to find out more.
There are a lot of reasons to study your course online through us.
- You can enrol without entry requirements
We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to enrol in university study, no matter their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a degree, we’ll help you get in through single undergraduate subjects and transition into a qualification from there.
- You have total control over how you study
Upskill without committing to a whole degree upfront. Or enrol in a full degree, but take it a subject at a time. We’ll introduce you to flexible study options you didn’t even know about, so you can fit uni around what matters to you.
- You’ll graduate with the same qualification as an on-campus student
Once you enrol through us, you’ll study online with the university that provides your degree. This means that when you complete your qualification, you’ll graduate with the same degree as on-campus students.
- We’ll help you navigate the university world
Our friendly student advisors will be your guide every step of the enrolment journey. They'll help you compare universities, choose a course, provide documentation and understand your finance options.
- You can enrol without entry requirements
What you'll learn in a communications course
When you study a certificate or degree in media and communications you can explore communications in general or focus on a major. Regardless, the knowledge and skills you learn are transferable across a wide range of industries and job roles, so after graduating, your options in terms of your next career move are almost endless.
The online communications courses available through Open Universities Australia cover topics like:
- Business communication: Learn how companies engage with staff and customers, capitalising on the advantages of digital and social media.
- Communication strategies: Connect your organisation, message, and audience in meaningful and creative ways.
- New media: Explore mass communication across the internet using digital technology, and develop your skills in areas like customer content and interactive experiences.
- Writing: Add composition to your communications toolkit, as well as publishing and editing on a variety of platforms.
Why should you study communications?
As a communications professional, you’ll play an important and often unspoken role in the things we talk about, what we watch and the news we read. You’ll lend your voice to creative fields like advertising, media, publication relations and media, or specialist areas like writing, film, TV and marketing.
Enrol in one of the marketing and communications courses available through us and join an estimated 17,000 journalists, copywriters and content creatives who will be required to shape Australia’s collective voice by 2026.
Not a writer? The public relations sector is expected to need over 21,000 experts in the same period.
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