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Diploma of Arts and Communication

Learn how to engage and connect with the world.

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I am glad that I went through Griffith College first as I have learnt countless skills with multiple people by my side to help me and develop them further.

Serena Herr,
Diploma of Arts and Communication



2 trimesters (8 months)
3 trimesters (12 months)


Trimester 1, 2, 3


Gold Coast

Arts and Communication overview

If you enjoy journalism, marketing, communication, public relations, drama, literary studies or sociology, a Diploma of Arts & Communication will help you launch your career.

You’ll gain valuable skills in effective communication strategy and how to connect with a wide range of audiences.

This program covers the fundamentals of arts and humanities, and communications theory and practice, combined with the various communication, management and technical skills required to apply your knowledge effectively in various industries.

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Be brave, be confident. Don’t be shy because everyone here will help you.

Anindita Vanja,
Diploma of Arts and Communication

Where could this diploma take me?

With a Diploma of Arts and Communication from Griffith College you could start your journey towards one of the careers below:

  • Marketing creative
  • Communications strategist
  • Media planner
  • Publicist
  • Journalist
  • Scriptwriter
  • Author
  • Editor
  • Researcher
  • Diplomat
  • Policy maker

Sample program structure

Students who enter with IELTS <6.0 or equivalent will be required to undertake the free Language Development Modules as part of their program.

First trimester

1201QBT - Academic and Professional Skills Development

The course offers students a broad introduction to the skills involved in acquiring information and in displaying knowledge to others. It includes the basic knowledge and skills required to successfully participate in an undergraduate degree program and to operate effectively in a professional context.

Assessment Plan:

  1. Self as Learner: SWOT and Reflection (25%)
  2. Individual Source Analysis and Paired Presentation (30%)
  3. Academic Essay Planner and Academic Essay (45%)
1007LHS - Understanding the Social World

This course introduces students to the social sciences in a fresh local context, exploring key theories social scientists use to explain Australian and global societies, and considering the ways that our understanding of the social world has an impact on social life. As an introduction to Sociology, this course provides you with the tools (sociological paradigms) to think critically about Australian society and the assumptions and prejudices held by many of its people. The course introduces you to a broad spectrum of social theory and emphasises critical analysis of common sense theories that seek to explain the human experience.

Assessment Plan:

  1. Quizzes (20%)
  2. Discussion Activities – Reflective Journal Module One (20%)
  3. Discussion Activities – Reflective Journal Module Two (30%)
  4. Discussion Activities – Reflective Journal Module Three (30%)
1506LHS - Fundamentals of Communication

This course provides students with foundational skills and knowledge of communications theory and practice, including a range of interpersonal, group and mass communication theories as well as a range of written, oral and non-verbal communication skills.

Assessment Plan:

  1. Guided Discussion (35%)
  2. Media Message Argument Pitch (30%)
  3. Communication on the Job Paper (35%)
1508LHS - Introduction to Journalism

This course will introduce students to the basic skills, practices and knowledge that inform journalism. Students will gather and write news stories. The course provides students with the opportunity to consider what it means to be a journalist, the role and the future of journalism.

Assessment Plan:

  1. Written Assignment – News Story 1. Campus News Story (30%)
  2. Group Presentation – Analyzing a journalist’s career using journalism theory (35%)
  3. Written Assignment – News Story 2. Community News Story (35%)

Second trimester

1501LHS - New Communication Technologies

This course investigates the ‘information age’ and the invention, adaptation and uses of communications technologies. We move from media theory and the history of communications technologies through a range of philosophical, political and ethical issues to explore the practicalities of contemporary media production.

Assessment Plan:

  1. Personal blog 1.1 and 1.2 (40%)
  2. Critical essay (30%)
  3. Two-minute video (30%)
1061LHS - Ideas, Issues & Inquiry

The course introduces you to how the humanities and social sciences, with their many related areas of study, can provide disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on a range of key issues facing the contemporary world. Four key modules provide a context for the course content: 1) The Idea of Humanity; 2) Identities and Communities; 3) Values, Beliefs and Politics; 4) Big, Complex Issues.

Assessment Plan:

  1. Reflective Journal (10%)
  2. Critical Thinking Reflection (20%)
  3. Group Presentation (20%)
  4. Research Project (40%)
1510LHS - Introduction to Public Relations

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of public relations in the business, government and third sectors. The course establishes an understanding of the industry as a whole and the importance of a knowledge base in the fields of research, writing, presentation, law and ethics. It examines public relations as a part of the mass media communication process and as a vital tool for organisations to maintain relationships with their publics and achieve their goals.

Assessment Plan:

  1. Social media campaign workshops (20%)
  2. Public relations case study (20%)
  3. PR campaign plan, group oral presentation (30%)
  4. Written referenced report of a PR campaign (30%)
1512LHS - Communication Performance

This course enables students to explore and develop introductory performance and presentation skills that contribute to the understanding and practice of basic communications processes. The course introduces students to foundational communication techniques necessary to developing voice, nonverbal communication and public ‘performance’ skills. The course explores the essential physical and vocal processes necessary in a range of journalism and strategic communication settings.

Assessment Plan:

  1. Performance Individual Report/Story (40%)
  2. Group Presentation (60%)

Find out more: Current program structure

Pathways to an Arts and Communication Degree

Domestic students
International students


2 trimesters (8 months)
3 trimesters (12 months)


Trimester 1, 2, 3


Gold Coast
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