Communication courses

A degree in communications will help you deliver the right message at the right time on the right platform

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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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Online communication subjects and short courses

Curtin University

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 May 2024, 26 Aug 2024, 25 Nov 2024

Enrolments open until 30 May

La Trobe University


Imagining Language

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

University of South Australia


Intercultural Communication

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 16 Sep 2024

Griffith University

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 04 Nov 2024

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University of Southern Queensland

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Griffith University


Bachelor of Communication

Develop communication skills for the digital age

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Business Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • Screen and Media Studies
Curtin University

Launch your future in digital and social media

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

University of the Sunshine Coast

Produce posts, tweets, messages, blogs, videos and more.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

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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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