Graduate Certificate of Communication
Course summary for international students
|Award granted ||Graduate Certificate of Communication|
Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)
This course is 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent duration. Please see the Pathways section below for more information.
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$12,430* AUD|
|Level||Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)|
|CRICOS course code||083989G|
IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
|Deakin course code ||A539|
|Faculty contacts||Deakin International|
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Communication is the world's fastest-growing industry. It is also an area of rapid and continuous technological, political, economic and social change. Deakin's perspective on media and communication integrates several disciplines and emphasises commonalities of theories, analyses, practices and institutions in different sectors of the industry. This distinctive interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspective underpins a broad mix of subjects, in contrast to the narrow focus of other vocational courses. Students can choose from a wide range of units that suit their particular interests and units studied in the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Communication gain credit in Deakin's Master of Communication. This flexible approach to skill-building is designed to match the dynamic and unpredictable nature of the industry.
Fees and charges
Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.
* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Communication, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study comprising:
- A maximum of up to 2 credit points of electives from Group 1
- A minimum of at least 2 credit points of electives from Group 2
Group 1 electives
|ACF701||Television Studio Production |
|ACF702||Television Commercial Production |
|ACF704||Talking Heads: Personality and Persona On Screen (Commencing 2016)|
|ACG703||Design and Digital Skills |
|ACG706||Designing for Web Environments |
|ACI700||Introduction to Digital Photography |
|ALJ725||Editing and Design in a Multiple Media Environment |
|ALR700||Public Relations Campaigns |
|ALR701||Public Relations Writing and Tactics |
|ALR731||Public Relations Theory and Practice |
Group 2 electives
|ACA715||Creative Enterprise Project |
|ACF703||Fractured TV: Audiences, Formats, Technology and Regulation (Commencing 2016)|
|ACF705||Documentary Production Practice |
|ACG709||Strategic Branding and Design (Commencing 2016)|
|ACG708||Design Thinking and Problem Solving (Commencing 2016)|
|ALJ722||Investigative and Narrative Journalism |
|ACC717||Law, Media and Communication (Formerly ALJ724)|
|ALR704||Reputation Management: Crisis, Risk and Responsibility |
|ALR718||Public Relations, Activism and Social Change |
|ALR733||Advertising Theory and Practice |
|ALR782||Public Affairs and Opinion Formation |
For course map see http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/current-students/course-structures/index.php
Entry requirements - specific
To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate of Communication applicants require:
- a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
- qualifications deemed to be equivalent; or
- extensive relevant work experience undertaken at a senior level as deemed appropriate by the Course Selection Team.
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 must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.
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)
A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in Communication, Entertainment Production, Film Studies, Film Production, Graphic Design, Journalism, Mass Communication, Media Studies, Media and Communication, Professional Communication, Public Affairs, Public Relations, Screen Studies, Screen Production, Television Production, Visual Communication Design.
|Highest same discipline award held at point of Grad Cert entry ||Reduction in course duration ||Remaining course duration |
|Bachelor, Bachelor (Honours) same discipline ||0.5 year part-time (2 credit points) ||0.5 year part-time (2 credit points) |
Credit for prior learning - general
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.
How to apply
Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.
- If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
- If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact firstname.lastname@example.org