Communications courses

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

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.

Brooke, Griffith Communications student, at a workstation
Brooke studied communications with Griffith University through Open Universities Australia

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 quite a copywriter? The public relations sector is expected to need over 21,000 PR experts in the same period.

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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.

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
  • copywriting
  • creative writing
  • media and journalism
  • public relations
  • publishing and editing
  • technical writing
  • travel writing
  • tv and film production 

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.

Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.

When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.

Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.

If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.

You can also take a look at our online self-service enrolling instructions.

Why study online through Open Universities Australia?

Find the right course for you

Explore and choose from thousands of degrees, subjects and short courses from leading Australian unis.

Start studying, regardless of academic history

We offer entry without requirements through single undergraduate subjects from full degrees.

Gain credit towards your degree

Apply for credit for past study, or your work experience, and finish your studies faster.

Graduate with a degree from a leading uni

Enrol through us and graduate with exactly the same qualifications as on-campus students.

Feel supported from start to finish

Our student advisors can guide you in the right direction and help with your enrolment.

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Compare and apply

We’ll help you find the right course for you. Our student advisors are ready to answer your questions.

Work out your finances

During your enrolment, we’ll offer you the option to pay upfront in full, or defer your payment using a student loan. Remember to look into income tax deductions for course fees and study-related expenses.

Get credit for your success

We won’t let your hard work go unrecognised. Choose to take a single subject, or combine your work as part of a degree.

Get help every step of the way

Our student advisors can assist you with enrolment, help you plan your studies, and answer questions about how studying through Open Universities Australia can get you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow.

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