Graduate Certificate of Communication

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Communication
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length

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 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$20,960 - Full-fee paying place
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au  

CRICOS course code083989G
Deakin course code A539

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The indicative annual course fee shown 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 2016, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP 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 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

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.

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP to assist in paying their tuition fees. For more information about HECS-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Full-fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to 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 annual course fee shown has been provided as a guide only. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course a student enrols in and the study load (EFTSL) of the units undertaken. The EFSTL value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

To calculate the cost of each unit you can multiply the course price by the EFTSL value of all units undertaken.

The course based fees may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on these course fees to calculate the future cost of their course.

Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP to assist in pay their tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Course rules

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

Course structure

Group 1 electives

ACF700Writing with the Camera

ACF701Television Studio Production

ACF702Television Commercial Production

ACF704Talking Heads: Personality and Persona On Screen

ACG702Digital Publishing

ACG703Design and Digital Skills

ACG706Designing for Web Environments

ACI700Introduction to Digital Photography

ALJ710Multimedia Journalism

ALJ725Editing and Design in a Multiple Media Environment

ALJ728Feature Writing

ALJ729Newsroom Practice

ALR700Public Relations Campaigns

ALR701Public Relations Writing and Tactics

ALR710Marketing Communication

ALR731Public Relations Theory and Practice

Group 2 electives

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ACC717Law, Media and Communication (Formerly ALJ724)

ACF703Fractured TV: Audiences, Formats, Technology and Regulation

ACF705Documentary Production Practice

ACG708Design Thinking and Problem Solving

ACG709Strategic Branding and Design

ALJ721International News

ALJ722Investigative and Narrative Journalism

ALR704Reputation Management: Crisis, Risk and Responsibility

ALR718Public Relations, Activism and Social Change

ALR733Advertising Theory and Practice

ALR782Public 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.

Pathways

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.