Graduate Diploma of Journalism

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Journalism
Cloud CampusYes
Length

This course is 2 years part-time or equivalent duration. Please see the Pathways section below for more information.

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$27,040 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 A649
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Develop the professional skills you need to be a journalist able to work across all media platforms. Contact us today.

Whether you want to start your journalism career or update your professional skills Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Journalism is for you. Positioned as a top quality, contemporary program of study it integrates journalism practice and journalism studies so will learn how to take advantage of new opportunities in journalism and the media industries. You’ll be taught by experienced journalists with expertise across all the key media platforms: print, television, radio and digital online media.  Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to research, write, edit and publish news and feature stories. This means, when you graduate you’ll have a portfolio of work which showcases your knowledge and skills as a journalist.

But we also know you’re also looking for flexibility so our program is designed to help you manage the work/life/study balance. Depending on your circumstances you can choose to study on campus or via Cloud (online).  And we also have a wide range of support services and excellent library facilities to assist you.

The Graduate Diploma of Journalism will build and enhance the professional skills you need to meet head on the opportunities and challenges of twenty-first century news and media industries.

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.

Career opportunities

These courses build on the knowledge base of graduates to enable them to move across professional fields.  The courses are also designed for people working in the journalism industry who are seeking to upgrade their qualifications or to refresh or advance their professional skills.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate a specialised, developed knowledge of how to Identify, research, plan and produce newsworthy stories suitable for print, broadcast and online media and advanced skills for analysing theoretical issues raised by news stories and the social role of Journalism both nationally and internationally.  

Communication

Demonstrate advanced communication skills, including the specialized, developed ability to interview, write, produce and present stories for print, broadcast and online media in a style appropriate for the specific publication and audience and to write and present material for both professional and scholarly contexts. 

Digital literacy

A specialized, developed knowledge of how to conduct academic and news related research and critically analyse, synthesise and disseminate this information using a range of technologies, including social media, for a variety of local and global audiences.  

Critical thinking

Demonstrate advanced understanding of how to select, critically analyse and evaluate information relating to scholarly contexts, as well as the construction of news stories.

Demonstrate a specialised, developed awareness of different publication styles and media audiences in Australia and internationally.

Problem solving

An advanced knowledge of how to critically analyse unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and situations and generate pragmatic and creative solutions in professional and scholarly contexts. 

Self-management

Demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness when sourcing and following-up news stories. Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability under time pressure and an ongoing commitment to reflective learning about journalism and journalistic practice.

Teamwork

Demonstrate a developed knowledge of how to work collaboratively with journalistic colleagues, other professionals and community members and build personal contacts and networks.  

Global citizenship

Demonstrate specialised legal, ethical and cultural knowledge when engaging in journalistic practice in a range of diverse cultural, social and political environments. 

Approved by Faculty Board October 2015

 

Course rules

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

  • 8 credit points of Journalism units as outlined below in course structure

Course structure

Units

ACC717Law, Media and Communication (Formerly ALJ724)

ALJ710Multimedia Journalism

ALJ712Broadcast Journalism

ALJ713Journalism Portfolio

ALJ721International News

ALJ722Investigative and Narrative Journalism

ALJ728Feature Writing

ALJ729Newsroom Practice

Course Map

Course Map

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

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. (more details)

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

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 Journalism or Professional 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 (4 credit points) 0.5 year or part-time equivalent (4 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

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 deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Communication (A539)