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Diploma of Arts Media and Communications, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Sydney, Australia
The Diploma of Arts Media and Communications at the Macquarie University will introduce you to the fundamental concepts in arts, media and communication, including digital media, media practice and production, critical thinking and modes of communication.

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The Diploma of Arts Media and Communications at the Macquarie University is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. If you successfully complete the diploma, you can choose from a number of undergraduate degrees and progress directly into the second year without losing any time.

Key features

  • This diploma will prepare you for entry into the second year of a Macquarie bachelor degree.
  • You’ll study two units in each term, allowing you to deeply engage with your chosen area of interest.
  • Teaching and learning activities focus on assisting you with academic knowledge and study skills.
  • Our small class sizes ensure you get personalised support from our highly qualified and experienced teachers.
  • You’ll have the option of completing free, non-credit bearing English and Mathematics Advantage Modules to support your progression and academic success.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic Communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Visual Media and Communication
  • Intercultural Relations
  • Australian Media
  • Media Cultures
  • Introduction to Digital Media
  • Introduction to Video Games
  • Thinking Politically

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Year 12 (or equivalent) qualification with a minimum Selection Rank of 60;
  • HSC (or interstate) board exam with minimum average mark* of 60.

International students must be at least 17 years of age at the time of commencement and have a qualification equivalent to Australian Year 12 with an ATAR of 60.


Tuition Fee

  • International

    31000 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31000 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
  • National

    6684 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6684 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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Living costs for Sydney

  • 1882 - 3550 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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