Diploma of Media and Communication

Media and Communication is a fast-moving field, and the NIC Diploma trains students to become industry leaders. Students have access to purpose-built facilities, including sound and recording studios of industry standards. The program is designed to allow students to work independently as well as within a team setting. The four majors available are journalism, media studies, public relations and media production.

Your direct pathway to the University of Newcastle


Year Total 2019 Program Fees (A$)





Standard Track: 12 months (3 trimesters)

Fast Track: 8 months (2 trimesters)


February, June, October*


*subject to approval due to sequencing of courses in the Bachelor




Select eight courses comprising of the following:

Core Courses

  • CMNS1000 Introduction to Digital Communication
  • CMNS1090 Introduction to Professional Writing
  • CMNS1230 Foundations of Media Production
  • CMNS1234 Introduction to Communication Theory
  • CMNS1280 Introduction to Journalism
  • CMNS1290 Introduction to Public Relations

Elective Courses

  • Plus two directed electives offered at NIC

Next level of study

Entry into Year 2 of:

  • Bachelor of Communication in Journalism
  • Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations
  • Bachelor of Communication in Media Production
  • Bachelor of Communication in Media Studies

Popular Careers

  • Completing the Bachelor of Communication puts graduates on the fast track to a variety of exciting career options. Students will find that the knowledge is relevant, practical skills are valid, and an understanding of the important current issues in communication will be strong.
  • Graduates can work in media organisations, publishing houses, production companies, businesses and consultancies around the world. Journalism major students will find potential work as a reporter, producer, publisher, editor and sub-editor, feature and freelance writer, investigative journalist, media researcher, and strategist in print, broadcast and online media.
  • Depending on individual career interests, grdauates may work in:
    • multimedia production
    • public relations
    • journalism
    • digital video and television
    • audio production and post production professional and creative writing
    • broadcast journalism
    • radio broadcasting and production
    • media research and analysis
    • audience research and analysis
    • research and policy development

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