Communication & Media Gap Year

Use the power of communication to influence communities

Today, with new media technologies emerging one after another, we have more and more capacity to communicate than ever before! Communication and media is a powerful tool to influence change in communities.

Our Communication & Media Gap Year program is designed to help you grow in your faith while sharpening your skills in a broad range of areas in the communications industry. You will have the opportunity to put your skills into action both on the mission field and in a dynamic office environment.

The Communication & Media Gap Year is designed for both those who have experience in the communications industry, and for those who are considering a career in communications in the future.

January – June: Build your foundations

The first five months of your journey will begin in sunny Townsville, Australia where you will do a media-focused YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS). During the first half of the course, you will learn about different topics each week from experienced speakers.

Topics include:

  • The Nature and Character of God
  • Hearing God’s Voice
  • Identity
  • Relationships
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Living a Missional Life

In addition to receiving transformational discipleship and strong biblical teaching, you’ll have the opportunity to receive training in basic media and storytelling skills, before we send you on outreach to capture stories in communities in Australia or Papua New Guinea.

The DTS includes 13 weeks of lectures, and 9 weeks of outreach in Australia or Papua New Guinea.

July – September: Grow in on your communication skills

During the next three months of your gap year, you will complete our Introduction to Communication, PR & Media Course. This course is accredited through YWAM’s University of the Nations. Completion of the course will concurrently cover some of the training required for a Certificate IV in Marketing & Communication.

During the Introduction to Communication, PR & Media Course, we will cover the following topics:  

  • Communication models and foundations
  • Public speaking
  • Research and creative writing
  • The art of feedback, and listening skills
  • Biblical worldview, and the spheres of society
  • Cross cultural Communication
  • Interpersonal communication: conflict resolution, assumptions and relational matters
  • Intrapersonal communication: working from the inside-out: discovering the heart of the issue
  • Public relations, marketing and social media
October – December: Practicum

For the last ten weeks of your gap year, you will have the opportunity to work with our media hub right on campus, including our radio station that broadcasts to over 26,000 listeners every month! During the internship you’ll have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience while doing some additional online learning that will contribute toward the completions of your Certificate IV in Marketing & Communication. You may also have the opportunity to complete a media focused outreach aboard the YWAM Medical Ship, MV YWAM PNG. 

At the end of your gap year, you’ll walk away with:

  1. Discipleship Training School
  2. Certificate IV Marketing & Communication (BSB42414)
  3. Work experience
  4. Samples of your work to add to your portfolio
  5. Understanding on how communications can apply to the mission field
Want More?

If you finish your gap year ready for more, you will have the option of adding on a two-year staff internship. The two-year program will give you the opportunity to further develop your skills while supporting our work in Australia and Papua New Guinea.



January 26th – December 11th 2020

January 31st – December 17th 2021

January 30th – December 16th 2022


$9,490AUD* course fee + $1000 – $1800AUD DTS outreach travel expenses + $3,000 to $4,000 for the Practicum

Your fees include all of the training you will receive during the DTS & Introduction to Communication, PR and Marketing and 9 weeks of outreach during your DTS. Your training includes all your meals, accommodation, free wifi, laundry facilities, transport, an Australian wildlife experience (meet a koala and feed kangaroos!) and use of our campus facilities including library, lecture rooms, chapel, courtyard and cafe – right in the heart of the city, close to the beach, restaurants and shops.

Your DTS outreach travel expenses will include any flights, ferries, busses or other transport required to get to your outreach location.

Your practicum fee includes all meals, accommodation, wifi, laundry facilities, use of campus facilities, tuition, resources, on the job training, and outreach travel expenses if the opportunity to complete a media focused outreach aboard the YWAM Medical Ship arises during your practicum.

*Does not include travel costs to and from Townsville, student visa, health insurance and immunisations. 

Scholarships & Discounts

Developing Nations Scholarships 

If you are from a developing nation, you may be eligible for a discount off your training phase fees. For more information on categories and discounts click here.


All registered training is provided by YWAM Medical Ships Training, RTO 30614.

Discipleship Training School

Encounter God – This unit describes the outcomes required to strengthen a Christian’s relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) by imparting a life-changing understanding of the nature, character and ways of God, by encouraging a response to Him in worship, prayer and obedience, and by equipping participants to read the Bible in such a way that transforms beliefs, values and behaviours.

See life from God’s perspective – This unit describes the outcomes required to enable a Christian to adopt and apply the Biblical view of human beings and their role as partners with God in all of creation, while affirming the value, uniqueness and significance to God of every individual as well as all peoples and nations.

Recognise Jesus as Lord – This unit describes the outcomes required to strengthen a Christian’s commitment to follow Jesus as Lord and to apply that commitment to personal lifestyle.

Become more like Jesus – This unit describes the outcomes required to establish an ongoing development of the Christian’s attitudes, values and behaviour to reflect those of Jesus Christ.

Do the works of Jesus – This unit describes the outcomes required to challenge a Christian with the ‘Great Commission’, to do the works of Jesus so as to defeat the enemy’s strategies, to strengthen their commitment to reach the lost, to equip them to share the Gospel, and to encourage them to clarify with God their personal life direction and purpose.

Orientate to Youth With A Mission – This unit describes the outcomes required to become broadly familiar with the purpose, structure, history and foundational values of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) internationally, nationally and locally. The unit will also introduce participants to the opportunities that are available for them for further study and ministry within Youth With A Mission (YWAM) after the completion of the training course.

Course Work

The Discipleship Training School is a combination of heart revelation and head knowledge with an emphasis in practical application. There is also a component of written course work which helps students understanding reach a deeper level as processing and application takes place. Our assessments utilise a range of methods including: journals, workbooks, book reports, outreach reports, self-assessment checklists and supervisor reports. The DTS is a holistic in nature and units of competency are delivered concurrently enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge and character.

For recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Student Handbook.

Certificate IV Marketing & Communication (BSB42414)

On completion of all 12 units of the course, you will obtain a Certificate IV in Marketing & Communication

Unit: BSBCMM401 – Make a Presentation – This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver and review a presentation to a target audience.

Unit: BSBCRT401 – Articulate, present and debate ideas – This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to articulate, present and debate ideas in a work or broader life context using creative techniques in order to provoke response, reaction and critical discussion.

Unit: BSBMKG413 – Promote products and services – This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to coordinate and review the promotion of an organisation’s products and services.

Unit: BSBRES401  – Analyse and present research information – This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to gather, organise, analyse and present information, and preparing and producing reports.

Unit: BSBMGT407 – Apply digital solutions to work processes – This unit defines the skills, knowledge and outcomes to integrate digital technologies into common management practice.

Unit: BSBPUB403 – Develop public relations documents – This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design, produce and edit public relations documents for various target audiences, and to evaluate their effectiveness in the marketplace.

Unit: BSBPUB402 – Develop public relations campaigns – This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and conduct a public relations campaign, to evaluate its effectiveness and to present the findings to stakeholders.

Unit: CUAWRT401 – Write extended stories – This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to write extended stories.

Unit BSBMKG418 – Develop and apply knowledge to marketing communication industry – This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and apply knowledge within the marketing communication industry with due consideration to legal and ethical constraints and the digital communication convergent environment.

Unit: BSBMKG417 – Apply Marketing communication across a convergent industry – This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work effectively within the convergent marketing communication industry.

Unit: BSBMKG420 – Create digital media user experiences – This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create digital user experience for application within the context of marketing communication.

Unit: BSBADV402 – Conduct pre-campaign testing – This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan, pilot and refine an advertising campaign to ensure marketing communication objectives are met.


Course Work

A range of strategies will be used to assess the outcomes of the course. Worksheets, on-the-job projects, public presentations, tests, observation checklists, evaluation reports, assessment checklists and portfolios of evidence are all utilised as part of this. Our training programs are holistic in nature, and the topics are delivered concurrently, enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge, and character.

For recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Student Handbook.


Applicants need to have graduated High School or equivalent and has a sense of call to Christian Missions.


International Students

When overseas students apply, proficiency in English will be specifically assessed. Offers of placement in a course will include any applicable requirements for English language proficiency. Copies of documents, or telephone interviews will be used to verify information provided by students on language proficiency. Bridging courses will be recommended where these are deemed necessary.

International students on student visas are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and attendance to meet the requirements of the student visa.

YWAM Townsville is bound by the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas. It does this through the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework. This protects Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.

The legislation mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers so that the quality of the tuition, and care of students, remains high. The professionalism and integrity of the industry is further strengthened by the ESOS legislation’s interface with immigration law. This imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and providers. A simple explanation of the framework is located here.

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