Graduate Diploma 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 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.
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Communication, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:
- A maximum of up to 4 credit points of electives from Group 1
- A minimum of at least 4 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 (commences 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 |
|ACC717||Law, Media and Communication (Formerly ALJ724)|
|ACF703||Fractured TV: Audiences, Formats, Technology and Regulation (commences 2016)|
|ACF705||Documentary Production Practice |
|ACG709||Strategic Branding and Design (commences 2016)|
|ACG708||Design Thinking and Problem Solving (commences 2016)|
|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 |
Entry requirements - specific
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.
Admission is available through a number of categories. In all admission categories, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
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.