Graduate Diploma of Communication

Course summary for local students

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Communication
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$19,970* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359
artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

Course Director

Nina Weerakkody, +61 3 522 71340, nina.weerakkody@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

CRICOS course code084026F
Deakin course code A639

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 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.

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.

*Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2015 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit 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 services.

Course rules

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

  • A minimum of at least 4 credit points of electives from Group 1
  • A maximum of up to 4 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

ACM708Introduction to Digital Photography

ALJ710Multimedia Reporting

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)

ACM701Global Media and War

ACF703Fractured TV: Audiences, Formats, Technology and Regulation

ACF705Documentary Production Practice

ACG709Strategic Branding and Design (Commencing 2016)

ACG708Design Thinking and Problem Solving (Commencing 2016)

ALJ721International News

ALJ722Investigative and Narrative Journalism

ALR704Reputation Management: Crisis, Risk and Responsibility

ALR718Critical Public Relations, Culture and Social Change

ALR733Advertising Theory and Practice

ALR782Public 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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Communication applicants require:

  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Communication (A539)
 

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