Diploma of Communication & Creative Industries

Diploma Communication & Creative Industries

Studying a Diploma of Communication and Creative Industries will give you a grounding and skills in national and global media and communication industries, cross-cultural communication, digital literacy skills, and creative storytelling. You will graduate with an understanding of cultural and societal considerations, the need for collaboration, as well as ethics and sustainability. 

Once you complete the Diploma of Communication and Creative Industries, opportunities include progression to the second year of the Bachelor of Media and/or Communication, or Creative Industries, or an entry level position in advertising, PR, media, communication organisations or within the creative space.

Key Information


Eight or 12 months


March, July, October


Level 4, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney 



Australian International

2024 Fees

Course fees A$24,550


Australian International

2024 Fees

Course fees: A$30,370

Course Structure

The Diploma of Communication & Creative Industries can be completed over two or three sessions. It comprises of core (mandatory) and elective units. You will study eight units in total from the list below, which includes six core units and two elective units. The elective unit is dependent on articulation.

Core units

  • CMEC111 Introduction to Media and Communication 
  • CSTM121 Storytelling for the Media
  • CDMI122 Digital Media, Data and Influence 
  • CPRC113 Public Relations and Communication 
  • CADV111 Introduction to Advertising 
  • CNEW132 News and Journalism

Choose two elective units

It is recommended that if you want to progress in the Media Industry you select two of the following units:

  • CMCC212 Intercultural Communication and Cultural Conflict 
  • CMGM212 National and Global Media 
  • CMIS212 Ideas and Society 

To progress into Creative Industries, complete these two electives:

  • CICI202 Foundations of Creative Industries  
  • BMAN103 Managing and Leading

See Admission requirements for pre-course information.  

Your Future Outcomes

Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)

Bachelor of Creative Industries

Successful completion of an SIBT Diploma will allow you to enter a bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus with eight units of credit.

You must complete and pass the required eight units for your Diploma. Graduates who achieve an overall average of 50% (taking into account all units attempted) will gain entry into Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus. Students who do not achieve this will be considered for entry on an individual basis.

Using the Diploma as a stand-alone qualification will allow you to progress to entry level positions, such as an assistant in a broad range of fields including communications, advertising, media, client services, marketing, implementation. 

Average national graduate starting salaries are:

Communications: A$73,000

Media: A$70,079

Advertising: A$64,188

Marketing: A$60,000

Client Services: A$69,375

(Latest data from Talent.com)

Bachelor of Communication

Upon successful completion of your Bachelor of Communication at Western Sydney University, you will be eligible to apply for accreditation with professional organisations including Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and the Media Federation of Australia (MFA).

Click here to access Western Sydney University's detailed information regarding professional accreditation pathways for the Bachelor of Communication.

Bachelor of Creative Industries

The Bachelor of Creative Industries is accredited by professional organisations including the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and the Media Foundation of Australia (MFA).

TEQSA Accreditation

Provider Registration Number: PRV12046

Course ID: CRS1401580

This program is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

This program is available to domestic students and to international students studying in Australia on an Australian student visa provided the applicant meets the published entry requirements.

Admissions Information

Applicant backgroundCurrent Students - Session 1, 2024
Number of StudentsPercentage of Students
(A) A higher education award course
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
(B) Past vocational education and
training (VET) study

(C) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of ATARP
(regardless of whether this includes the impact
of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not considered (e.g special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
(D) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
All StudentsN/AN/A