Graduate Diploma of Communication

Course summary for local students

Year

2016

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

Trimester 1 (March), Trimester 2 (July), Trimester 3 (November)

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
artsed@deakin.edu.au

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

CRICOS course code084026F
Deakin course code A639

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Study technological, political, economic, and social change in the communications and media industry. Apply for a Graduate Diploma of Communication today.

Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Communication offers a distinctive interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary mix of subjects in Digital Media, Public Relations, Journalism, Television Production and Visual Communication Design, matching the dynamic and ever-changing contemporary media industries.

You can choose from a wide range of units that suit your particular interests to gain professional knowledge in media and cognate disciplines and, further enhance your research, analytical and communication skills.

The Graduate Diploma of Communication, which will also give you credits towards Deakin’s Master of Communication, uses a flexible approach to skill-building to provide you a  competitive edge in a rapidly evolving job market.

Fees and charges

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 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) indicative course fee shown in the table above 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 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.

Full-fee paying place

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 fee charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load being undertaken. The annual fee above is based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

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 information is provided as 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 fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu.au for more information about 2016 fees.

Study load

Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year, which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL. The annual fee displayed for this course is based on eight credit points.

Fee payment assistance

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or full-fee paying place, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Communication, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study which must be drawn from at least 3 or more of the following areas of study: Digital Media, Journalism, Public Relations, Television Production or Visual Communication Design. 

Course structure

Digital Media

ACC717Law, Media and Communication

ACG706Designing for Web Environments

ACI700Introduction to Digital Photography

ALC708Blogging and Online Communication Techniques

ALC701Social Media Principles and Practices

ALC702Making Online Communities

ALC703Digital Curation

ALR703Digital Marketing

 

Journalism

ALJ710Multimedia Journalism

ALJ721International News

ALJ722Investigative and Narrative Journalism

ALJ728Feature Writing

ALJ729Newsroom Practice

ALJ712Broadcast Journalism

ALJ713Journalism Portfolio

 

Public Relations

ACC717Law, Media and Communication

ALR700Public Relations Campaigns

ALR701Public Relations Writing and Tactics

ALR704Reputation Management: Crisis, Risk and Responsibility

ALR710Marketing Communication

ALR718Public Relations, Activism and Social Change

ALR731Public Relations Theory and Practice

ALR782Public Affairs and Opinion Formation

 

 

Television Production

ACC717Law, Media and Communication

ACF700Writing with the Camera

ACF701Television Studio Production

ACF702Television Commercial Production

ACF703Fractured TV: Audiences, Formats, Technology and Regulation

ACF704Talking Heads: Personality and Persona On Screen

ACF705Documentary Production Practice

Visual Communication Design

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ACG702Digital Publishing

ACG703Design and Digital Skills

ACG706Designing for Web Environments

ACG708Design Thinking and Problem Solving

ACG709Strategic Branding and Design

ACI700Introduction to Digital Photography

ALR733Advertising Theory and Practice

Entry requirements - general

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent; or 5 years relevant professional experience within the last 10 years.

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' background award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in Communication.

Highest same discipline award held at point of Grad Dip entry Reduction in course duration Remaining course duration
Bachelor, Bachelor (Honours) same discipline 0.5 year part-time (2 credit points) 1.5 year or part-time equivalent (6 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

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Communication (A539)