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 International Students


A$21,800 (Fast Track and Standard Track)

A$2,725 per course/module



Standard Track: 12 months (3 trimesters)

Fast Track: 8 months (2 trimesters)


February, June, October




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 you on the fast track to a variety of exciting career options. When you graduate you'll find that your knowledge is relevant, your skills are valid, and your background in the important current issues in communication is strong.
  • You can work in media organisations, publishing houses, production companies, businesses and consultancies around the world. As a graduate of the journalism major you can find 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 your career interests, you can 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