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As part of the Australian Government's Job-ready Graduates Package you can now study an Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Literacy short course at UTS College, and the government will cover part of your course fees. Plus, you can study now and pay later with HECS-HELP (if eligible). Apply now to take advantage of this special offer. 

Course description

Gain foundational skills in digital media and communication at a tertiary level. The Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Literacy introduces you to the ways digital technologies generate and transform social interaction, global communication, media and communities. You’ll learn the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to effectively engage and communicate in a digital world with a focus on media and digital publishing.

Competence in digital literacies and communication are highly valued by employers in all areas of today’s professional work. This course will prepare you for employment in professions where digital literacy is critical, professional upskilling or continuing to further studies.

You’ll also receive 24 credit points toward the Diploma of Communication at UTS College and a pathway to the Bachelor of Communication at UTS with a choice of majors in Creative Writing, Digital and Social Media, Journalism, Social and Political Sciences, Media Arts and Production or Public Communication (in Public Relations or Advertising).

What you will learn

On completing this course, you’ll have:

  • foundational digital media skills including digital publishing, digital image production and compositing
  • foundation knowledge of contemporary media including practical, critical and ethical aspects
  • understanding of the ethical responsibilities of using media
  • foundational knowledge and skills in academic communication
  • written essays, created presentations, reflective journals and interactive game-based presentations.

Subjects

Course code: CCOF001

Students are introduced to effective written and spoken communication in academic contexts and reading of academic texts. Students learn what makes academic communication different from communication in other contexts by studying the ‘principles of academic communication' and understanding the ‘hidden rules’. Putting these principles into practice, students analyse and reflect on their own written and spoken communication at the beginning of the course, and as it proceeds. In addition, students practice effective reading of academic journal articles and other published resources.

Course code: CDLC001

This subject addresses literacies that are not only crucial for everyday life and our full participation as citizens, but also required by contemporary industry and workplace. Students explore and integrate practical, critical and theoretical aspects of contemporary media use. Students gain foundational digital media skills in digital publishing and digital image production and compositing. Students also gain knowledge of the ethical responsibilities of using these media and learn to critically reflect on their own production of multimodal and participatory communication.

Course code: CCAC001

This subject explores the role of the citizen as a communicator by examining the institutions which structure our social world, and the social arenas in which civic participation occurs. Students are introduced to political, legal, economic and media institutions and concepts in national and, to a lesser extent, global contexts. Students learn the skills of academic literacy, reflective practice, collaboration and cooperative peer review. Assessments include traditional essay and presentations in addition to reflective journal and interactive game-based presentations.

Contact hours

For each subject, you can expect:
 
  • four hours per week of face-to-face classes (held Live Online)
  • approximately six hours per week for independent study, assessment tasks and assignments.

Entry requirements

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • completed Year 12 qualifications (HSC or equivalent) two or more years ago
  • achieved a 75% average HSC subject mark (based on English PLUS three best board-developed courses)
  • are at least 18 years old and an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian Permanent Resident (PR) visa holder.


You’ll also need to submit a short personal statement (no more than two A4 pages) which covers your work and life experience, HSC results, and any post-secondary studies (e.g. TAFE, VET, Uni) that you have completed. All certificates, including course results and proof of citizenship or residency, must be certified.

Requirements for completion

To be awarded an undergraduate certificate, you must complete, and pass, all units of the program. You must complete your studies and be awarded the certificate by the end of 2021.

Recognition of prior learning

On completion of the undergraduate certificate, you’ll receive 24 credit points (cps) as Recognition of Prior Learning toward the Diploma of Communication at UTS College.

FAQs

Questions? See our FAQs or contact us on 1800 896 994 (within Australia).

Testimonials

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<strong>Marvin Mariano</strong>, Communication student, UTS Bachelor of Communication graduate, UTS College Diploma of Communication graduate, now working full-time as a Social Media Co-ordinator

Marvin Mariano, Communication student, UTS Bachelor of Communication graduate, UTS College Diploma of Communication graduate, now working full-time as a Social Media Co-ordinator

"I wouldn’t be where I am today without UTS College. It’s more than all the facilities and staff – the whole experience changed me. You learn to be flexible in the way you adapt to things. It’s a gateway for you to grow. In the communications industry, in the digital industry, you have to be adaptable."

<strong>Aria Pezzimenti</strong>, Communication student, 2021 Dean’s Merit Winner, UTS College Diploma of Communication

Aria Pezzimenti, Communication student, 2021 Dean’s Merit Winner, UTS College Diploma of Communication

"UTS College has definitely improved my writing. They’ve helped me with academic writing – even little things like referencing and footnotes – I feel much more confident. I’ve learnt to think more critically rather than taking things at face value."

<strong>Imogen O’Keefe</strong>, Communication student, 2021 Dean’s Merit Award winner, current UTS College Diploma of Communication student

Imogen O’Keefe, Communication student, 2021 Dean’s Merit Award winner, current UTS College Diploma of Communication student

"I think having the support from UTS College, with the smaller classes and more personalised help you can get from your lecturers helps you build your confidence in a university setting. You become familiar with the way content is taught and it helps you achieve your best. It sets you up for success."

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