Graduate Diploma of Communication

COURSE (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Overview

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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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)

Trimester 1

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

Trimester 2

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

Trimester 3

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

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Diploma of Communication

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

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.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

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. (more details)

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

Course learning outcomes

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

 

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. 

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
  • 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
  • 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.

    Course pathways

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive 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.

    Fee information

    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

    Offered campuses

    Burwood

    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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