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Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Communication in Advertising - 231JA

Course Code: 231JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Business School
Discipline of Communication and Media
CRICOS Code: 077606M
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


The Bachelor of Communication in Advertising shapes and produces graduates with the skills, knowledge and creative and strategic edge needed to meet evolving challenges in the dynamic advertising and marketing communications industries. The degree addresses critical aspects of marketing communications with a particular focus on advertising, strategic brand management, media and client relationships in domestic and international national contexts. It provides students with opportunities to understand advertising in the digital communication era through the application of relevant theory, and from a practical perspective through work-integrated-learning experience and professional internships. The aim of the Bachelor of Commerce program is to develop business professionals who have the relevant knowledge and skills for admission to their respective professional communities but who are also equipped to solve problems within a multi-disciplinary business environment. Graduates will appreciate their chosen discipline in the context of the wider social, legal, economic and political environment. Students select one of the following Commerce majors: Accounting; Banking &Financial Service; Business Administration; Economics; Financial Planning; Human Resource Management; Information Systems; International Business; Marketing Management; Public Sector Management; Tourism Management. This course is accredited by the International Advertising Association and the Media Federation of Australia.

Admission Requirements

Normal UC admission requirements to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

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Assumed Knowledge

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Course Requirements

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Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Commerce BCom
Bachelor of Communication in Advertising BComm Advt

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Communication in Advertising Bachelor of Commerce

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Professional Accreditation

Bachelor of Commerce: This course is accredited by CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). The Financial Planning major is accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Learning outcome of the Bachelor of Communication in Advertising:

To provide students with a thorough understanding of the nature and functions of contemporary advertising and marketing communications
To provide practical workshops which are integral to the course supported by internships to improve professional skills.
Communicate and present arguments and ideas effectively;
Select and use appropriate information and communication technology for analysis and enquiry;
Identify problems and analyse the main features of problems relevant to their professional field;
Demonstrate entrepreneurial skills including creativity, initiative, adaptability, leadership, resourcefulness;
Create and present new ideas;
Express knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field, both orally and in written form, with confidence and clarity;
Working independently and with others;
Work with others as part of a group;
Work sensitively and co-operatively with diverse stakeholders.
To provide electives in social science, humanities, business or creative arts. Comprehend socio-economic, cultural, political, ethical and legal contexts in which they will practise their specialisation.
To provide professional subjects which are supported by broad-based foundation units to inform communication theory within the context of society and consumerism. Apply concepts, principles and professional methodologies to professional communication tasks;
Understand the social and professional influence of advertising and marketing communications and their role in ethical practice.
To provide the option to include an additional major or undertake a four year double degree with arts, commerce, international studies and graphic design, or in combination with an undergraduate diploma in languages -
Learning outcome of the Bachelor of Commerce.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce will have acquired in-depth disciplinary knowledge and a cohesive set of cognitive, technical and generic skills in one or more of the following areas: Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Business Administration, Economics, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing Management, Public Sector Management, or Tourism Management.

The program is designed to produce graduates with professional attributes appropriate to their intended careers. This degree also prepares students for postgraduate studies.
Graduates who complete the Bachelor of Commerce will obtain an in-depth knowledge of relevant disciplinary theory and practices, as well as the practical application of this in one or more of the discipline areas listed above. In addition, graduates will have a broad understanding of concepts which are fundamental to commerce, such as statistics, commercial law, information systems, management, plus the interrelationships between government and business.
Graduates will develop:
the cognitive skills required to critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize concepts and theories acquired in one or more of the following discipline areas, Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Business Administration, Economics, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing Management, Public Sector Management, or Tourism Management;
the technical and generic skills required to apply discipline-specific technologies in one or more of those discipline areas;
the independent learning skills needed to stay up-to-date with advances in theoretical frameworks and professional practices after graduation;
the personal skills required to provide professional advice in the discipline or disciplines they choose to study. Graduates will be able to exercise critical thinking and applied analytical skills in identifying which information is relevant to specific decisions being made. They will also be able to identify whether they have all relevant information when advising clients or management, and have the ability to succinctly request or obtain missing information;
the communication skills needed to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of stakeholders using technical and non-technical language, depending on the audience.
Application of knowledge and skills.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to a diverse range of problems that early career professionals would be expected to deal with. As students progress through the course, they will develop the capacity to exercise their own initiative and professional judgement in an ethically responsible manner to analyse problems that are less clearly defined, more complex, and require application of concepts in a variety of disciplinary and sub-disciplinary contexts. Communication, applied research, teamwork, and negotiation skills will be developed through team based assignments, some of which deal with ambiguously defined problems.

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


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UCC Pathway

Diploma of Business; Diploma of Business Extended; Diploma of Communication; Diploma of Communication Extended.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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