DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time may be available
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
This qualification has been superseded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and will change in 2022.
This may result in changes to the course structure, content and fees.
The Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of marketing communication concepts and practices in business. The units you’ll study cover a broad range of topics applicable to the marketing and communications industry, giving you insight and skills in the following areas of study:
- consumer insight and target audience profiling
- media planning and buying
- strategic marketing and research in business
- digital media applications and software
- social media marketing and advertising
- creative and persuasive communications
- website marketing and video production.
Drawing on RMIT’s links to industry, you will be taught by experts, and learn and apply the latest software and platforms to implement solutions in business practices and industry.
The transferable skills you learn in this program will prepare you for the advertising, marketing and communications industries, or can be directly applied to your own business.
With this broad understanding of the marketing and communications industry, you will be able to pursue a role in industry, government or non-government sectors, enhance your existing business, or study further for a more in-depth understanding and application with the Diploma of Marketing and Communication.
Classes are interactive and will provide opportunities for you to discuss ideas, practise new skills, participate in group discussions and group work, and contextualise theory through industry-relevant scenarios and case studies.
Most of your classes will be held in RMIT's Swanston Academic Building features innovative learning spaces interspersed with retail and social spaces resulting in a stimulating environment for students.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, presentations, group discussions and work integrated learning. This is supported by online activities such as blogs, discussion boards, quizzes and wikis to further enhance learning.
Through RMIT University’s online learning portal, myRMIT, you will be able to view online resources and learning activities created by lecturers, access course materials via Blackboard, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access your student email account. Educational software, the Learning Hub, resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.
Find out more about student computing at RMIT.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes essays, reports, presentations, group and individual projects, case studies, client projects, tests and work-simulated projects.
This program has been developed by RMIT’s College of Business with extensive input from industry to ensure your learning prepares you effectively for current and future industry needs.
Professionals from the marketing and communication industry will speak in your classes to enhance your knowledge of the industry and give context to the theory and concepts you learn.
You will also complete work-integrated learning projects during the semester, completing assessable tasks in the workplace, working with organisations to solve real marketing communication problems or working on community-based projects.
This practical experience will complement your theoretical knowledge and enhance your communication, problem-solving and self-management abilities to meet workplace expectations.
Guiding the development of this program and others in the College of Business, both nationally and internationally, is an Industry Advisory Board of high-profile executives chaired by Gerhard Vorster, Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte. A marketing and communication program advisory committee also guides the development of courses to ensure you are equipped with the most current, relevant skills and knowledge.
This course may change for 2022 due to the revision of the National Training Package.
You will study 11 core courses and one elective covering marketing and communications including:
- marketing and communication development
- industry understanding and application
- marketing fundamentals
- understanding diverse consumers and markets
- media scheduling and buying
- industry communication skills.
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6 months full time
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Program code: C4384
National curriculum code: BSB42415
If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.
- Plan C4384 - 3200310184
Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.
As a graduate of this career-oriented course, you’ll be able to pursue roles including:
- marketing or communications officer
- media, advertising or public relations officer
- copywriter or content writer
- market research assistant.
To improve your employability, you can participate in our Future Edge program to develop job-ready skills, visit the Job Shop for support with job seeking and applications, and explore Career Hub for workshops, volunteer work, and various career resources.
You’ll also benefit from building your professional network while you’re still studying. You have the opportunity to attend industry events, join the Economics, Finance and Marketing Student Association, sign up for RMIT Mentoring with a member of industry, and explore professional associations, including AMI, AANA, ADMA, and PRIA.
Current Year 12: Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent; or the Australian Senior VCAL Certificate.
This program does not select on ATAR.
Non-Year 12: Completion of post-secondary studies or at least 6 months’ work experience.
This course offers pathways into further study at RMIT
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree and helping you get the degree you want.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2022 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$800.00* per annum
- 2022 government subsidised place: AU$4,000* per annum
- 2022 full-fee place: AU$6,250* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility Exemption criteria
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.