We live in a globalised world where media and digital communication technologies are in constant flux and development. What stays the same is the demand for graduates who are creative, innovative, and demonstrate a high level of capability and skills in communication studies. From Twitter to the telegraph, from Tinder to the telephone, our degree stays up to date with new technologies, whilst grounding students in the history and the global and national cultural contexts of media communication industries.

Our regional focus in the Top End of Australia means that we think about Communications in a different way than others. In a culturally diverse space with links to Asia and also to traditional indigenous culture and languages, our graduates think about how to communicate effectively across long distances and between cultures, and what community and connectivity means in the contemporary world. All of our specialist electives are available to enrol in externally, which means this course can now be undertaken from anywhere in Australia and beyond.

Career opportunities

Depending on your specialisation, graduates are able to forge pathways to careers in diverse areas. The following are some illustrative examples:

  • Public relations
  • Marketing consultancies
  • Advertising agencies
  • Media planning and analysis
  • Film, radio and television
  • Writing, editing, and publishing
  • Multimedia and web design
  • Freelance writing and copywriting
  • Government media roles
  • Tourism and hospitality industry roles
  • Communications research

Study options

The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Communication) provides students with a broad, theory-rich, and practical program of communications study, preparing for exciting careers as communication and media experts in their chosen specialisations. If students are interested in further study, we also offer the one year (full time) Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Honours), which focuses on a research thesis or a creative writing project. We also welcome expressions of interest from potential students who might want to undertake Master by Research or Doctor of Philosophy in Communications

Our undergraduate course at CDU provides two principle pathways of study: Public Relations/Marketing and Communication Design. Students who enrol in this course and specialisations are able to choose from a range of exciting electives from CDU that can broaden the scope of the degree, especially from related areas such as: Literary Studies/Creative Writing/Cinema Studies, New Media/Digital Media/Graphic Design, Marketing, Advertising, Business and Tourism Studies. Studying an Asian language such as Indonesian or Chinese could connect your Communications knowledge to important regional business partners. So, choose the direction that best suits your individual talents and career goals.

Current units

BCC101     Foundations of Communication Studies
BCC102     Issues in Communication Studies
BCC202     Communication, Technology and Culture
BCC204     Professional Writing
BCC301     Culture and Identity
PRS101      Principles of Public Relations
PRS201      Practising Public Relations
PRS304      Communication Project

More information

For general information about applying or registering at CDU, enrolling in units, and the different study options please visit the Study at CDU page. For more specific information about studying communication at CDU please contact:

Gemma Blackwood
Lecturer in Communications
Phone: 08 8946 6617