Graduate Certificate of Communication
Course summary for local students
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
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.
This is a fee-paying course. Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP go to deakin.edu.au/fees.
Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP
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.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.
* 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 |
Entry requirements - general
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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
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.
Credit for prior learning - general
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.
How to apply
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage.