Graduate Diploma of Journalism

Postgraduate coursework

Enrol for Deakin's postgraduate course, the Graduate Diploma of Journalism, to enhance your creativity, critical thinking and analytical skills.

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Key facts

Duration

This course is 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent duration. 

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Course information

Whether you want to start your journalism career or update your professional skills to work across all media platforms, Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Journalism is for you. Positioned as a top quality, contemporary program of study, the course integrates journalism theory and practice to enable you to learn how to take advantage of new opportunities in the media and communication industries.

You will be taught by experienced journalists with expertise across all key media platforms: print, television, radio and digital media. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to research, write, edit and publish news and feature stories, and work in Deakin's state-of-the-art digital newsroom and broadcast facilities.

When you graduate, you will have a portfolio of work which showcases your knowledge and skills as a journalist and expert communicator. On completion of the course, you can also take the opportunity to deepen your journalism expertise by seeking credit towards study in Deakin's Master of Communication.

The Graduate Diploma of Journalism will build and enhance the professional skills you need to meet head on the opportunities and challenges of the contemporary news and media industries.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Journalism, students must successfully complete 6 credit points from the units listed below and 2 credit points of electives.

Electives may be chosen from the remaining units below or from any other postgraduate course in the School of Communication and Creative Arts; students who intend to move from the diploma into the Master of Communication are strongly advised to take 

  • Communication Concepts ACX701
  • Communication Concepts for their two elective credit points.

    Students must also complete:

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

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Journalism
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    A649
    CRICOS code?
    046736B
    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

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

    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
    $20,600 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    Not applicable

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    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.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

    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.

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    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
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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

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    The Graduate Diploma of Journalism is designed for people looking to break into journalism or who are already working in industry and are seeking to upgrade their qualifications or to refresh or advance their professional communication skills. The course recognises that media professionals of the future will require versatile skill sets that enable them to adapt to ever-changing industry environments and, in doing so, be active participants and content creators across multiple media platforms. Whether you want to work in newspapers, online, radio and television, specialist publishing or corporate communications, the Graduate Diploma of Journalism will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to craft engaging and important news stories.

    Graduates are likely to find work across a wide range of industry sectors with entertainment and content production companies (including news and other media organisations), multimedia businesses, government departments, and not-for-profit organisations. Graduates may be employed or work on a freelance basis. Roles may include news reporter, mobile journalist, producer, editor, sub-editor, blogger, copywriter, corporate communicator or media advisor.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    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

    Demonstrate a specialised, developed knowledge of how to identify, research, plan and produce newsworthy stories suitable for print, broadcast and online media and advanced skills for analysing theoretical issues raised by news stories and the social role of journalism, both nationally and internationally.

    Communication

    Demonstrate advanced communication skills, including the specialised, developed ability to interview, write, produce and present stories for print, broadcast and online media in a style appropriate for the specific publication and audience and to write and present material for both professional and scholarly contexts.

    Digital literacy

    A specialised, developed knowledge of how to conduct academic and news related research and critically analyse, synthesise and disseminate this information using a range of technologies, including social media, for a variety of local and global audiences.  

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate advanced understanding of how to select, critically analyse and evaluate information relating to scholarly contexts, as well as the construction of news stories.

    Demonstrate a specialised, developed awareness of different publication styles and media audiences in Australia and internationally.

    Problem solving

    An advanced knowledge of how to critically analyse unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and situations and generate pragmatic and creative solutions in professional and scholarly contexts. 

    Self-management

    Demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness when sourcing and following-up news stories. Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability under time pressure and an ongoing commitment to reflective learning about journalism and journalistic practice.

    Teamwork

    Demonstrate a developed knowledge of how to work collaboratively with journalistic colleagues, other professionals and community members and build personal contacts and networks.  

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate specialised legal, ethical and cultural knowledge when engaging in journalistic practice in a range of diverse cultural, social and political environments. 

    Approved by Faculty Board November 2017

     

    Application information

    How to apply

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    Entry pathways

    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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