Media and Communication

Diploma of Media and Communication

Studying a Diploma of Media and Communication will give you a broad understanding of media in Australia and potentially lead to a wide range of roles involving professional communication skills. You will explore the cultural, social and political contexts of public communication processes and industries, institutional settings of international communication, and the way culture is expressed through media.

Once you complete the Diploma of Communication, opportunities include progression to the second year of the degree program in Media and/or Communication, or an entry level position in advertising, PR, media or communication organisations.

Key Information


8 or 12 months


March, July, October


Level 4, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney 


053278J (8 months)
051201B (12 months)

Australian International

2024 Fees

Course fees A$24,550

Australian International

2024 Fees

Course fees A$30,370

Course Structure

The course can be completed over two or three sessions. It comprises of core (mandatory) and elective units. Students will study 8 units in total from the list below, which includes 7 core units and 1 elective unit. 

Core units

  • COMM101 Writing and Research for Arts and Communication
  • COMM104 Understanding International Communication
  • COMM105 Cross Cultural Communication
  • COMM106 National and Global Media
  • COMM150 Culture, Media and Communication
  • COMM107 Language as Communication
  • COMM108 Digital Media Principles

Choose 1 elective unit

  • ARTS101 Reasoning and Argument
  • ARTS103 Ideas and Society

Our friendly Student Advisors will help you to choose the most appropriate elective units for your program.

See Admission requirements for pre-course information.  

Your Future Outcomes

Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)

Successful completion of an SIBT Diploma will allow you to enter a bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus with 8 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.

Advertising, arts policy and administration, audience research, diplomacy, government and industry administration, international communication, journalism, media production, public relations, publishing and editing.

According to research conducted by Graduate Careers Australia ( average national graduate starting salaries are: 

  • Humanities: $47,200

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.

TEQSA Accreditation

Provider Registration Number: PRV12046

Course ID: CRS1200494

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, 2023
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 ATAR
(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 Students11100.00%

Notes:    L/N - Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

N/A - Data not available for this item.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.