Postgraduate coursework

Graduate Certificate of Communication

Learn about the rapidly expanding industry of media and communication by pursuing a Graduate Certificate of Communication. View the full course outline.

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Key facts

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Course information

Graduate Certificate of Communication provides students an opportunity to expand their skills in ever-changing communications and media industries.

Communications and Media are the world's fastest-growing industries. These industries are also an area of rapid and continuous technological, political, economic and social change. You can choose from a wide range of units in Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Communication to gain distinctive interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspective of ever-changing media industries.

Units in Public Relations, Journalism, Digital Media, Television Production and Visual Communication Design are available in the Graduate Certificate of Communication, which also give you credits towards Deakin's Master of Communication. 

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Communication, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study which must include:

> 2 cp in one of Digital Media, Journalism, Public Relations, Television Production or Visual Communication Design

> 2 cp in another of Digital Media, Journalism, Public Relations, Television Production or Visual Communication Design

>

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    2

    Units from one of 5 Key Areas

    2

    Units from a second of 5 Key Areas

    4

    Total

    Digital Media

  • Law, Media and Communication ACC717
  • Designing for Web Environments ACG706
  • Introduction to Digital Photography ACI700
  • Blogging and Online Communication Techniques ALC708
  • Social Media Principles and Practices ALC701
  • Making Online Communities ALC702
  • Digital Curation ALC703
  • Digital Marketing ALR703
  • Journalism

  • Multimedia Journalism ALJ710
  • International News ALJ721
  • Investigative and Narrative Journalism ALJ722
  • Feature Writing ALJ728
  • Newsroom Practice ALJ729
  • Broadcast Journalism ALJ712
  • Journalism Portfolio ALJ713
  • Public Relations

  • Law, Media and Communication ACC717
  • Public Relations Campaigns ALR700
  • Public Relations Writing and Tactics ALR701
  • Reputation Management: Crisis, Risk and Responsibility ALR704
  • Marketing Communication ALR710
  • Public Relations, Activism and Social Change ALR718
  • Public Relations Theory and Practice ALR731
  • Public Affairs and Opinion Formation ALR782
  • Television Production

  • Law, Media and Communication ACC717
  • Writing with the Camera ACF700
  • Television Studio Production ACF701
  • Television Commercial Production ACF702
  • Fractured TV: Audiences, Formats, Technology and Regulation ACF703
  • Talking Heads: Personality and Persona On Screen ACF704
  • Documentary Production Practice ACF705
  • Advertising Theory and Practice ALR733
  • Visual Communication Design

  • Creative Enterprise Project ACA715
  • Digital Publishing ACG702
  • Design and Digital Skills ACG703
  • Designing for Web Environments ACG706
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving ACG708
  • Strategic Branding and Design ACG709
  • Introduction to Digital Photography ACI700
  • Advertising Theory and Practice ALR733
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    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Communication
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    A539
    CRICOS code
    083989G
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus *Note: Trimester 3 Unit Offerings are limited

    Please Note: Trimester 3 unit offerings are limited

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate of Communication applicants require:

    • Bachelor degree in any discipline area; or 5 years relevant professional experience within the last 10 years.

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    Not applicable

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Acquire specialist knowledge and skills in professional communication.

    Demonstrate specialist knowledge of, and skills in the application of contemporary communication methods in professional and scholarly contexts

    Communication

    Use specialist cognitive and technical skills in communicating ideas, problems and arguments in a variety of modes across a range professional communication contexts 

    Digital literacy

    Acquire specialist skills in generic and specific digital technologies used to address a range of communication needs in professional contexts and for diverse audiences within and outside the communications industry

    Critical thinking

    Acquire advanced cognitive skills in the analysis and critical evaluation of communications theory and its application in professional practice and scholarship.

    Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate complex ideas, develop appropriate methodologies and communicate conclusions in professional communication and scholarly contexts

    Problem solving

    Use specialist cognitive skills in communications to identify, investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems and concepts and develop creative solutions in professional practice and scholarly contexts

    Self-management

    Employ autonomy, accountability and initiative in responding creatively to new situations in professional contexts 

    Teamwork

    Demonstrate initiative and accountability in working and learning collaboratively in professional communications practice and scholarly contexts

    Global citizenship

    Acquire specialist understanding of, and the ability to reflect on issues in communications in both domestic and global contexts as a scholar and in professional practice, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards

    Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin. 

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au  

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