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Diploma in Media and Communication

A Diploma in Media and Communication at UNSW Sydney is your first step to a career in media. It provides a direct pathway to Second Year of one of three Bachelor of Media programs within UNSW’s Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture.

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Your path to a global top 50 university1

Successfully complete a Diploma Program and progress directly to Second Year of a Bachelor of Media at UNSW Sydney.

Support as you learn

The Diploma Program is designed for international students like you, so you can develop English language and study skills to take the next step with confidence.

Directly connected to UNSW

The program is accredited by UNSW Sydney and provides full access to UNSW’s world class libraries, clubs, and societies.

Who is this program for?

A UNSW Diploma is the perfect transition to university life in Australia. It’s ideal for international students who:

  • need extra support
  • just missed out on direct entry into their preferred bachelor’s degree
  • hold qualifications that aren’t recognised by UNSW Sydney.

Once you’ve completed your Diploma in Media and Communication with us2, you can progress directly to Second Year of one of the three media degrees at UNSW:

  • Bachelor of Media (Communication and Journalism)
  • Bachelor of Media (Public Relations and Advertising)
  • Bachelor of Media (Screen Sound Production)

A UNSW Diploma makes it easy to adjust to university, with:

  • smaller classes and at least 20% extra teaching time
  • additional English and academic skill support
  • course material equivalent to First Year courses within the UNSW Sydney degree,
  • access to the same facilities and resources as undergraduate students.

Why study Media at UNSW Sydney?

Contemporary media is a dynamic, global, and increasingly complex topic. By studying media and communications at UNSW, you will investigate the professional, social, cultural, political, economic, and philosophical impacts that contemporary media has on our daily lives.

It’s the place to tap into your creativity whilst learning about the world around you.

Led by academics actively engaged in media industries, this bachelor’s degree opens a world of opportunities to help you pursue your media career.

Bachelor of Media offers specialisations in public relations and advertising, communication and journalism, or screen and sound production. By studying media and communications, you will develop practical vocational skills and conceptual, strategic, creative, and critical capabilities to help set you apart within the industry.

UNSW’s Bachelor of Media will provide you with the practical skills and the theoretical understanding necessary in the following careers:

  • Corporate Communications Manager
  • Advertising Strategist
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Brand Manager
  • Journalist
  • Filmmaker
  • Animator
  • Copywriter
  • Publicist
  • Media Advisor.


Diploma in Media and Communication program information

Intakes August
Duration 12 months
Terms 3 terms
Courses 8 courses
Weekly class time Approximately 20-25 hours
Progression Second Year at UNSW Sydney

  • Bachelor of Media (Communication and Journalism)
  • Bachelor of Media (Public Relations and Advertising)
  • Bachelor of Media (Screen and Sound Production)
Scholarships Up to $7,500

Most employable graduates

AFR Top 100 Future Leaders Awards, 2021

#5 in Australia

For Arts & Humanities

QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2021

Progress to UNSW Sydney

Once you successfully complete a UNSW Diploma in Media and Communication, you will progress Second Year at UNSW to study a Bachelor of Media. You will also choose a major, preparing you for your future career.

The Diploma courses you study are dependent on the major you choose. To learn more about the program structure and courses you can study, select your preferred degree below.

Media bachelor's degree programs at UNSW Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture:

Note: Diploma in Media and Communication students must achieve a Satisfactory Grade (equivalent to IELTS 6.5) for the Communication and Academic Literacy course and a minimum pass for all other courses to progress to Second Year of the relevant degree program at UNSW.

Students will undertake eight courses in total, including three (3) to five ore or prescribed courses, three to five faculty electives and one general education elective (Communication and Academic Literacy course).

Diploma entry requirements

If you’re interested to learn more about our academic and English entry requirements for this program, please contact us.

Key dates

StartFinishContinue to
Second Year at UNSW
29 Aug 202219 Aug 2023Term 3 - 11 Sep 2023View Calendar


2022 tuition fees: AUD$39,120

Note: The tuition fee that you will pay depends on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course. Fees are reviewed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed, so it’s important to remember that indicative tuition fees shown above are not guaranteed. Any update to fees is effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. You can view non-tuition fees here.


"I really enjoy studying Diploma Program at UNSW Global. The teachers and my classmates are really friendly and supportive. I can’t wait to enter UNSW Sydney, and meet my friends face to face soon."

Gary Jefferson Ang

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  • 1 QS World University Rankings, 2022.
  • 2 UNSW Diploma Programs are delivered on UNSW campus by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW Sydney.
  • Australian permanent residents, Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens are not eligible to enrol in Diploma Programs at this time. If a student becomes an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or New Zealand citizen after they enrol, they must continue to pay international student fees for the duration of their Diploma Program and will be subject to additional competitive processes for entry into a UNSW Sydney program.

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