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.Read More
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
Units from one of 5 Key Areas
Units from a second of 5 Key Areas
Visual Communication Design
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)*
*Note: Limited offerings in Trimester 3
Please Note: Trimester 3 unit offerings are limited
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
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 should check the Entry and English Language requirements.
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.
Fees and scholarships
The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.
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.
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
|Use specialist cognitive and technical skills in communicating ideas, problems and arguments in a variety of modes across a range professional communication contexts|
|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|
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
|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|
|Employ autonomy, accountability and initiative in responding creatively to new situations in professional contexts|
|Demonstrate initiative and accountability in working and learning collaboratively in professional communications practice and scholarly contexts|
|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
How to apply
Apply direct to Deakin
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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Credit for prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.