Graduate Diploma of Journalism

Course summary for current students


2015 course information

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Journalism

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (Online)

Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code046736B
Deakin course codeA649

Pipelining course from 2015.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin University is a national leader in the provision of professional development programs for people working in the communication industry. It works in partnership with major employers and professional associations to deliver top quality programs in public relations, journalism and all aspects of professional communication. Deakin has designed its journalism postgraduate program to help integrate academic studies with work and personal commitments.  The Graduate Diploma of Journalism is offered via campus and Cloud (online) study modes and is supported by a wide range of services. Postgraduate journalism courses provide an intensive practical component, ensuring strong job entry skills.  The courses will enhance journalistic creativity and critical thinking skills, which are essential to progression in this vibrant profession, and will also prepare students for the challenges they will face in the twenty-first century, by helping develop the analytical skills necessary for reporting events in context.

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Fees and charges

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  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Journalism, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

  • 4 credit points of Journalism units selected from the specified list below; and
  • 4 credit points of electives selected from the remaining Journalism units and/or from the following disciplines

Children's Literature


Literary Studies

Professional Writing

Public Relations

See Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) (A764) and Master of Communication (A743) for units available in the disciplines above.

Note: Students who complete a specialisation of 4 credit points will have the specialisation indicated on their academic transcript.

Course structure

ACM701Global Media and War

ALJ721International News

ALJ728Feature Writing

ALJ729Newsroom Practice

ALJ710Unit description is currently unavailable

ALJ722Investigative and Narrative Journalism

ACC717Law, Media and Communication (Formerly ALJ724)

ALJ725Editing and Design in a Multiple Media Environment