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Diploma of Professional Communication

Diploma of Professional Communication (DAPC)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • 1 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, May, Sep

Note: This degree is pending CRICOS registration. Offers will not be issued to International Students wanting to study on campus until CRICOS endorsement is granted.


  • Build strong communication skills and become a creative storyteller with UniSQ’s Diploma of Professional Communication.
  • A diploma is an ideal choice if you want a university qualification but can’t commit to studying a full bachelor degree.
  • Study a selection of advertising, public relations and journalism courses to develop professional, industry-relevant skills and knowledge across key communications and media sectors.
  • Develop unique skills to report on stories that impact people’s lives and communities, delve into advertising, or public relations, learn how to effectively communicate with consumers and audiences.
  • Future-proof your career and fine tune your career direction. This diploma has direct career and employment application and helps make the leap into university then employment less daunting.
  • A diploma can be completed in just one year. If you decide to continue to study, your diploma is also a stepping-stone to a bachelor degree, with successfully completed courses often contributing as credits.

Further study

After successfully completing the Diploma of Professional Communication, you have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete the Bachelor of Communication and Media.

Career outcomes

  • The Diploma of Professional Communication will help you develop skills that are highly valued and sort after by employers across all industries. Arts, entertainment, design, finance and professional services are industries that have a particularly high need for strong communication skills.
  • This diploma also offers an alternative pathway into a bachelor degree and will prepare you for a range of careers.

Entry requirements


To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C) 

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete eight units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at one unit. To study full-time you would usually complete four units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 2
Advertising, journalism, and public relations courses 6

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 28000

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 28000

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.



You can select to start your study in Trimester 1, 2 or 3.

Study period  Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August
Trimester 3, 2024 Monday 26 August Monday 2 September Friday 6 December 

Study period  Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2025  Monday 3 February  Monday 10 February  Friday 9 May
Trimester 2, 2025 Monday 19 May Monday 26 May  Friday 22 August
Trimester 3, 2025 Monday 1 September Monday 8 September Friday 5 December 
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