Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

The Bachelor of Communications (Honours) allows you to undertake an advanced study in media disciplines including Public Relations and Journalism.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1 year full time

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Course information

Undertake an advanced study in one of the media disciplines (Journalism, Public Relations, Media Studies, Entertainment Production) offered at Deakin University by applying for the Bachelor of Communication (Honours) course.

Undergraduate classes in Journalism, Public Relations, Media Studies and Entertainment Production have introduced you to a wide range of topics and issues. An Honours research project during Deakin’s Bachelor of Communication (Honours) study year will enable you to explore one of these topics in greater depth, providing an opportunity to broaden and deepen your professional knowledge and, analytical and communications skills. 

In your Honours study, you will engage with theories and concepts in your chosen discipline; get familiar with various research methods; design a research project; and carry through the research project to its fruition under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor. This learning process will give you a competitive edge in the job market, showcasing your intellectual ability, maturity, resilience, drive, and work ethics to a potential employer. 

Honours will open doors to a career in one of the fastest growing group of industries such as content production companies, multimedia businesses, government agencies, marketing and entertainment industries, public relations, and social and market research entities. 

Upon completion of Bachelor of Communication (Honours), you will be eligible to apply for a PhD.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Communication (Honours) students must complete 8 credit points of core units. These may be completed in a single year of full-time study (4 credit points per Trimester over 2 Trimesters) or part-time equivalent. Students must also complete

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Communication (Honours)
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    A451
    CRICOS code
    083986K
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.

    Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Applicants are also advised to read further information and complete requirements - see Information and Application form

    IELTS / English language requirements Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

    In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Develop an advanced theoretical and applied understanding of the Australian media system, the role and development of communications policy, and its application in varied professional contexts.

    Acquire advanced and coherent knowledge of Communication theories and concepts including research, strategy and tactics, contemporary communication methods and ethical communication, and apply this body of knowledge to topics spanning the associated industries including journalism, media and law and in planning and executing a research project

    Communication

    Acquire advanced communication skills to effectively communicate ideas, arguments and concepts and the outcomes of research and analysis in professional and scholarly contexts.

    Demonstrate advanced, effective communication skills to communicate ideas, arguments and analyses in written, digital and oral formats that meet academic and practitioner standards to a diverse range of audiences. The importance of written, oral and interpersonal communication will be enhanced through the variety of assessment processes.

    Digital literacy

    Use advance skills in generic digital communication technologies and specific digital technologies employed in the communications area to investigate, analyse and respond to diverse communication needs and to deliver projects, media products and evaluative presentations to academic and professional audiences.

    Capacity to employ appropriate digital technologies in utilising effectively sources and forms of information to support, develop and evaluate ideas, proposals, strategies and arguments.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate and apply theory and knowledge of communications in professional and scholarly contexts. Review, analyse and synthesis literature in communications with intellectual independence. Bring this knowledge and skills to understanding of current issues and controversies in communications.

    Apply judgment, skills and analytical thinking in developing new understandings in scholarly and professional communications contexts.

    Problem solving

    Apply advanced knowledge and understanding of communication theory, concepts, and methodologies in identifying and providing solutions to current issues and problems in communications through research and professional practice. 

    Self-management

    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skills development in professional and scholarly contexts. 

    Teamwork

    Work and learn collaboratively with students from different disciplines and backgrounds and work effectively in different roles, including professional teams. 

    Global citizenship

    Operate ethically, responsibly and with awareness of diverse social, cultural economic, political contexts in research and as a professional in the communications industry. 

    Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

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