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Diploma of Communication (Extended) - 952AA

Course Code: 952AA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Arts and Communications
CRICOS Code: 062896G
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent

Your way to an exciting career in communications

Are you an international student interested in: 

  • advertising
  • public relations
  • journalism
  • media and arts production? 

Our Diploma of Communication is the perfect path to a variety of exciting careers. If you need more help with your English or any other study skills, the extended Diploma is right for you. 

Study our Diploma of Communication (extended) at UC and you will:

  • be supported in building language and academic skills for further studies
  • get direct entry to the 2nd year of a number of bachelor degrees
  • develop a good understanding of key cultural areas
  • develop the professional expertise to enter and confidently contribute to the communication industries. 

Study opportunities

On finishing your Diploma of Communication you can directly enter 2nd year of a variety of bachelor degrees: 

  • Bachelor of Communication in Advertising
  • Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations
  • Bachelor of Communication in Journalism
  • Bachelor of Media Arts and Production
  • Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs
  • Bachelor of Arts. 

Important to know 

  • It will take 3 terms or 1 year of full time study. You can take up to 9 terms, if needed.
  • If English is your 2nd language you will need IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL equivalent.

Admission Requirements

Students are required to meet English Language requirements and general admission requirements to the University of Canberra College.

Additional Admission Requirements


Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for International Applicants

Restricted admission through UCC.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Diploma of Communication Dip Comm

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


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Developing skills in written oral and visual communication, and personal presentation skills Communication
High order oral, written, visual and digital communication skills. Understanding communication with both the local and global context
Develop the ability to locate, evaluate analyse and present relevant information Analysis and enquiry
Identify, understand and analyse information and content relevant to professional practice. Apply concepts and methodologies to communication tasks.
Develop a basic understanding of the theoretical principles and practical application of communication in society, and of the nature and functions of the communication professions Problem solving (Attribute 4)
a) identify problems and analyse the main features of problems relevant to their professional field
Develop analytical and critical thinking skills and apply them to professional practice and academic enquiry Problem solving (Attribute 4)
b) apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking
Develop skills in group work, including team leader and team member roles Working with others (Attribute 5)
a) work with others as part of a group
b) take responsibility for carrying out agreed tasks
c) be aware of the different roles and responsibilities of group members
Understand the social and political contexts in which the communication professions are practised Professional ethics (Attribute 7)
a) act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in the context of their profession and their obligations to society
b) appreciate the social and cultural context of their profession.

Course Duration

Standard three terms full-time or equivalent. Maximum nine terms.




  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce-Internal

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