Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media)

Course summary for international students


2016 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes

3 years full time

Next available intake

Burwood and Cloud (online): March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Waurn Ponds (Geelong): There will be no intakes in 2015 and 2016

Indicative annual fee 2016No fees defined
CRICOS course code089296K
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A333
VTAC Codes1400514293 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media) is a dynamic and versatile degree that produces graduates who have the skills and knowledge to adapt to shifting communication climates and proactively situate themselves within the broad field of Digital Media and Cultural Industries (incorporating film, television, digital media, marketing and advertising, and many other areas). Students will engage in critical analysis, creative application, and vocational-led study in units that involve the examination and creation of various virtual and non-virtual media texts. Embedded within the degree is an in-depth exploration of themes such as social media and surveillance, advertising and consumerism, media genre and representation, issues of piracy and censorship, and media industry processes of planning and production, among many other workplace-relevant areas.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 15 credit points of compulsory core units
  • 9 credit points of elective units from any discipline area
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • at least 14 credit points at level 2 and above
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education

Course structure

Level 1

ALC104Media Genres: Negotiating Textual Forms and Pleasures

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ALC105Media Culture and Technological Transformations: Living in the Digital Age

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

4 electives

Level 2

ALC203Exploring Digital Media: Contexts of Online Participation (offered from 2016)

ALC204Media Representations and Affects (offered from 2016)

ACC213Media Law and Ethics

ALC205Digital Media and the Surveillance Society (offered from 2016)

ALC202Advertising: Desire, Consumption and the Attention Economy (offered from 2016)

3 electives

Level 3

ALC303Media Research Practices (offered from 2016)

ALC305Understanding Media Ecologies (offered from 2016)

ALC301Contemporary Media Industries (offered from 2016)

ALC302Designing and Pitching Media Formats (2 credit points and offered from 2016)

ALC304The Celebrity Industries: Star Images, Fan Cultures and Performance (offered from 2016)

And either

1 elective and 

ACC317Communication and Creative Arts Internship A


2 electives.

Note: it is strongly recommended that students undertake an internship as part of their studies.

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Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at

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)

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact