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UNSW Diplomas

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Diploma in Architecture

Diploma in Business

Diploma in Computer Science

Diploma in Engineering

Diploma in Media & Communication

Diploma in Science

If you have big goals to study at UNSW Sydney, a UNSW Diploma can get you there.

Successfully complete this 12-month program to progress straight into Second Year of a UNSW bachelor’s degree, no time wasted.

New UNSW Diplomas in 2022


A UNSW Diploma in Architecture is your first step to a career in Architecture. Learning the same content as First Year degree students, you’ll study fundamental design and building concepts, with the opportunity to delve deeper into your future career prospects as an architect, interior designer or landscape architect.

Progress to a UNSW Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Architectural Studies
  • Interior Architecture (Honours)
  • Landscape Architecture (Honours)

Media and Communication

A UNSW Diploma in Media and Communication is your first step to a career in media. Learning the same content as First Year degree students, you’ll sharpen your academic and English language skills, while studying the fundamentals of cinema studies, communication and journalism, media studies, public relations and advertising, or screen production – to prepare you to launch right in to Second Year with confidence.

Progress to a UNSW Bachelor in Media in one of the following five specialisations:

  • Cinema Studies
  • Communication & Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations & Advertising
  • Screen Production
Yousif Midhat Khalid Diploma in Computer Science student from Iraq
“The Diploma Program was tailored to be just like a regular First Year in a bachelor’s degree, which made it easier to progress into Second Year of my Computer Science degree. The program and the supportive environment prepared me for the rest of my journey at UNSW.”

Yousif Midhat Khalid

Diploma in Computer Science

Your journey with a UNSW Diploma

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UNSW Diploma Programs CRICOS Provider Code 00098G

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UNSW is Sydney’s only Group of 8 university to offer a Diploma Program for international students.

Giving you access to a world-class education from day one

Direct path to Second Year

Diplomas are equivalent to your First Year of university, with all content recognised by UNSW. If you missed out on direct entry into UNSW this program can keep your university plans on track – without adding extra time on to your journey.

Supported and ready to succeed

Access UNSW’s world-class facilities (like libraries, design studios, computer, engineering and science labs), clubs and societies from day one, with the added support of UNSW College behind you.

This means smaller class sizes and personalised consultations with your teachers. You’ve got this!

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    QS World University Rankings, 2024

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