Strategic communication

Why study Strategic communication?

How do community organisations communicate to the public as well as building their profile? How do corporations develop a brand and then protect it when crises arise? How do emergency bodies warn the public when danger threatens?

How do they build public trust so their warnings will be delivered? How do health agencies shape campaign to change behaviour on smoking, eating, and exercise?  How do politicians shape or challenge public opinion? These are all roles fulfilled by strategic communication practitioners.

Employment in the fields covered by strategic communication and public relations is growing as government departments and agencies, charities, community groups and corporations all expand their various forms of communication. This industry-focused degree provides a thorough practical grounding in the realities and challenges of public relations.

Career opportunities

Public relations, marketing, journalism, media, advertising and sales promotion. It can lead to roles such as account executive, journalist, media broadcaster, strategic planner and communications adviser.

Courses

Local students

2014 - mid-year entry

Bachelor of Strategic Communication

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Bendigo 61.5
Melbourne 64.8
Year
2014
Course description
The growth of internet and social media communication alongside traditional media has made communication strategy critically important for organisations around the world. This course provides an outstanding grounding for careers in public relations and marketing communications.

This industry-focused degree provides a thorough practical grounding in the
realities and challenges of public relations. With practical insights into professional communication careers, this course offers training in developing and implementing ethical and effective communication strategies.

You'll learn how to analyse and understand public relations, advertising, marketing and journalism, and how they combine to shape public attitudes and actions. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake internships as part of your course, gaining valuable real-world experience and your own professional network.
Professional recognition
La Trobe is submitting an application for course accreditation to the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Guaranteed Entry (Year 12 applicants only): applicants with an ATAR of 90 or above receive a first-round offer. Those with lower ATARs are considered through normal selection processes.

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Non-Year 12 selection may be also be based on ATAR, GPA, STAT Multiple Choice and/or an essay.
Middle band
Re-ranking is based on performance in English (any), Humanities (any), LOTE (any), Drama, Theatre Studies, Legal Studies and Psychology. Consideration is also given to Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria.
Fee amount
Indicative (2010): CSP student contribution $5,310 (per 120 credit points).
How to apply
Apply online or through VTAC to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.

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Strategic CommunicationMelbourne
Strategic CommunicationBendigo

2015

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts

Duration :
5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Bendigo N/A
Melbourne 91.5
Year
2015
Course description
Study law and humanities at the same time, with the ability to select a major from a wide range of disciplines. In your law degree you will study all the compulsory subjects required by the Council of Legal Education for admission to practice in Victoria and a wide range of law electives, many with a practical skills component.

You cannot complete a major in psychology or mathematics within this double degree.

For more information on both degrees, visit the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts course sites.

Professional recognition
All La Trobe University law courses include the subjects required by the Victorian Council of Legal Education to qualify for admission to legal practice. Admission to practicse as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria usually requires the completion of a traineeship (formerly referred to as articles of clerkship) or an approved practical legal training course (for example, the Leo Cussen Institute or the College of Law Victoria).
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 30 in any other English
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Non year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement if they wish other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include information such as work experience or reason for applying.
Middle band
Consideration is given to study scores in prerequisite studies and any Humanities. Consideration is given to Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria. In addition, a regional bonus may apply.
Additional information
Please note that you cannot complete a major in psychology or mathematics within this double degree, even though students in the three year single arts degree may do so.
Law electives are available in intensive delivery mode at the Melbourne Campus in Summer and Winter School.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Some of our 2015 courses are being reviewed and may change so please check these pages regularly for up-to-date information or register for updates.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
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Laws/Arts Melbourne
Laws/Arts Bendigo

Bachelor of Strategic Communication

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Bendigo 61.5
Melbourne 64.8
Year
2015
Course description
Gain a thorough practical grounding in the realities and challenges of professional communication through this industry-focused degree. You'll learn how to analyse and understand public relations, advertising, marketing and journalism, and how they combine to shape public attitudes and actions. You'll have the opportunity to undertake internships and work in our client-based agency on campus in your final year, gaining valuable real-world experience and your own professional network.
Career opportunities
Career opportunities exist in public relations, marketing, journalism, and media. Typical roles include account manager, researcher and media planner.
Professional recognition
La Trobe is submitting an application for course accreditation to the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Guaranteed Entry (Year 12 applicants only): applicants with an ATAR of 90 or above receive a first-round offer. Those with lower ATARs are considered through normal selection processes. Applicants with an ATAR of 50 or more will be offered a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Non-Year 12 selection may be also be based on ATAR, GPA, STAT Multiple Choice and/or an essay.
Middle band
Re-ranking is based on performance in English (any), Humanities (any), LOTE (any), Drama, Media Studies, Theatre Studies, Legal Studies and Psychology. Consideration is also given to Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Some of our 2015 courses are being reviewed and may change so please check these pages regularly for up-to-date information or register for updates. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
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Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students

International students

2014

Bachelor of Strategic Communication (075108A)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
22 750
Campus
Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
The growth of internet and social media communication alongside traditional media has made communication strategy critically important for organisations around the world. This course provides an outstanding grounding for careers in public relations and marketing communications.

This industry-focused degree provides a thorough practical grounding in the
realities and challenges of public relations. With practical insights into professional communication careers, this course offers training in developing and implementing ethical and effective communication strategies.

You'll learn how to analyse and understand public relations, advertising, marketing and journalism, and how they combine to shape public attitudes and actions. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake internships as part of your course, gaining valuable real-world experience and your own professional network.
English Language Requirements
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70%) PG1) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 85
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2013 (indicative only) - 70.20
International Baccalaureate - 24
GCE A Levels - 9
HKDSE - 2x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - BCC
STPM - 9
MICSS (UEC) - 4
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 85
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 80
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.5
Indonesia (SMA) - 8
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3
GAOKAO - see: our website
Professional recognition
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has applied for accreditation of the degree with the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).
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Strategic CommunicationMelbourne
Strategic CommunicationBendigo

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Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Other ways into undergraduate study

Learn how you can plan a pathway into your preferred degree, including single subject entry. See also La Trobe University Access and Equity programs which support a variety of ways into undergraduate study for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage.

Strategic communication placement opportunities

A media internship (MST3INT) is available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Media Studies and the Bachelor of Journalism. In this unit, students will develop contacts with, and work in, a media organisation. Students will develop an understanding of issues internal to the organisation such as its goals, structure, management and work practices.

Overseas study opportunities

Students have the opportunity to go on exchange with our main US partner, the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri - the oldest journalism school in the world. Students can also take advantage of La Trobe's Journalism links with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York; and Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh, Scotland. Also, our students have studied at a range of University of California campuses.  To learn more, please visit the Study Abroad program.

Student work

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About the academic staff

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