Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature

Course summary for international students


2017 course information

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$24,960 for 1 yr full-time AUD
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A641
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Children’s Literature provides students with advanced skills in analysing literary works in Children’s Literature.  It hones students’ ability to research, analyse and contextualise issues based on historical, political, cultural and social circumstances in literature for children and young adults.

The Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature aims to provide students with specialist knowledge and skills in the field of children's literature.  It is designed so that students become familiar with a broad range of texts, taking account of variations of genre, the historical and cultural contexts in which children's texts are produced, and the ideological frameworks in which they are located.  The course will provide an introduction to contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of children's texts, so beyond the span of the course, students will be equipped to read texts in a more informed and theoretically grounded manner. 

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate a specialist knowledge of a range of literary theories, concepts, and approaches, and advanced skills in applying them to writing for children and young adults.  


Demonstrate advanced command of the critical and theoretical vocabularies and language required to interpret, argue and fluently and persuasively transmit ideas.

Digital literacy

Demonstrate a high level of competence in the use of research databases, bibliographic and digital communication technologies to research, produce and present scholarly work.

Show judgement and discrimination in the identification and selection of relevant and credible information sources and with regard for their ethical use.

Critical thinking

Demonstrate advanced understanding of techniques to identify, critically analyse and evaluate the influence of narrative strategies, genre conventions and cultural assumptions on the content of children’s literature.

Demonstrate advanced skills in the application of theory and research to the interrogation of children’s literature.

Problem solving

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of theoretical, historical and contemporary critical and analytical approaches to writing for children and young adults, and skill in applying them to the design and execution of solutions to a range of scholarly, aesthetic and/or ideological problems.


Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to reflective learning and initiative, autonomy, accountability and responsibility for learning outcomes. 


Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to actively, collaboratively and ethically contribute to mutual learning goals in located and online environments. 

Global citizenship

Demonstrate ethical and cross-cultural knowledge of, and skills when engaging with, the diverse cultural, social and political contexts in which children’s literature is produced and consumed. 

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014


Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

  • 6 credit points of compulsory core units;
  • 2 credit points of electives chosen from units within the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication

Course structure

Core units

ALL701Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary

ALL702Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches

ALL708The Picture Book: Reading and Writing

ALL721Writing Fiction for Young Adults

ALL722Texts for Young Adults

ALL743Foundations in Narrative Theory

Elective units

2 credit points of electives chosen from the units offered in the specialisations of Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication

Course Map

Course map 

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature applicants require:

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 should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. 

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact