Graduate Certificate of Communication
Course summary for local students
|Year||2016 course information|
|Award granted ||Graduate Certificate of Communication|
|Campus||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), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016||Not applicable|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016||$10,480 - Full-fee paying place|
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 9246 8100
Tel 03 5227 1359
|Level||Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)|
|CRICOS course code||083989G|
|Deakin course code ||A539|
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 considered 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 annual fee displayed for this course is based on 0.5 EFTSL.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.
* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is 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 full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.
Full fee paying (FFP)
A full fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.
Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.
The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Fee information for all domestic students
The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email firstname.lastname@example.org au for more information about 2016 fees.
Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.
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 |
|ACG703||Design and Digital Skills |
|ACG706||Designing for Web Environments |
|ACI700||Introduction to Digital Photography |
|ALR700||Public Relations Campaigns |
|ALR701||Public Relations Writing and Tactics |
|ALR731||Public Relations Theory and Practice |
Group 2 electives
|ACA715||Creative Enterprise Project |
|ACC717||Law, Media and Communication (Formerly ALJ724)|
|ACF703||Fractured TV: Audiences, Formats, Technology and Regulation |
|ACF705||Documentary Production Practice |
|ACG708||Design Thinking and Problem Solving |
|ACG709||Strategic Branding and Design |
|ALJ722||Investigative and Narrative Journalism |
|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 |
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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.
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
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.