Graduate Certificate of Communication

Postgraduate coursework

Learn about the rapidly expanding industry of media and communication by pursuing Deakin's postgrad course, the Graduate Certificate of Communication.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

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

  • Students must complete 4 units in Communication from the list below
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Students are strongly encouraged to look at specific concentrations and patterns of unit choice that develop their professional communication skills and should seek advice to create the best combination available to them to achieve their specific course learning outcomes. Students using the certificate as a pathway into the Master of Communication are strongly advised to complete ACX701 Communication Concepts as two of the 4 credits; students using the certificate to seek entry to a specialised diploma should take all four units from a single sub-field to permit credit for those units to be granted into the diploma.
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

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)*

    *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.

Mandatory Student Checks

Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

Participation Requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Work experience

Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

Entry requirements

Entry information

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.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
  • at least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

 For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

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

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

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.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

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Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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 November 2017

 

Application information

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.

Apply through Deakin
Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

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Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


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.

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