Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma) Degree

Graduate Diploma of Communication

Study the technological, political, economic and social changes in the communications and media industry with a Graduate Diploma 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

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Course information

Study technological, political, economic, and social change in the communications and media industry. Apply for a Graduate Diploma of Communication today.

Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Communication offers a distinctive interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary mix of subjects in Digital Media, Public Relations, Journalism, Television Production and Visual Communication Design, matching the dynamic and ever-changing contemporary media industries.

You can choose from a wide range of units that suit your particular interests to gain professional knowledge in media and cognate disciplines and, further enhance your research, analytical and communication skills.

The Graduate Diploma of Communication, which will also give you credits towards Deakin’s Master of Communication, uses a flexible approach to skill-building to provide you a competitive edge in a rapidly evolving job market.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Communication, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study which must be drawn from at least 3 or more of the following areas of study: Digital Media, Journalism, Public Relations, Television Production or Visual Communication Design. Students must also complete

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

    Digital Media

  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship ACC700
  • 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

  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship ACC700
  • 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

  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship ACC700
  • 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

  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship ACC700
  • 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
  • Visual Communication Design

  • Creative Enterprise Project ACA715
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship ACC700
  • 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
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Communication
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    A639
    CRICOS code
    084026F
    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

    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. To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants should check the Entry and English language requirements.

    Admission Requirements Specific Entry will be based on performance in:

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

    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. (more details)

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

    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 the first year of this course. 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 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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 advanced knowledge and skills in professional communication

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

    Communication

    Use advanced 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 advanced 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 advanced 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 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

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    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.

    Entry pathways

    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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