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Graduate Diploma of Journalism

Course summary for international students

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Journalism
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 2014$23,760* AUD
CRICOS course code046736B
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code A649
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin University is a national leader in the provision of professional development programs for people working in the communication industry. It works in partnership with major employers and professional associations to deliver top quality programs in public relations, journalism and all aspects of professional communication. Deakin has designed its journalism postgraduate program to help integrate academic studies with work and personal commitments.  The Graduate Diploma of Journalism is offered via campus and Cloud (online) study modes and is supported by a wide range of services. Postgraduate journalism courses provide an intensive practical component, ensuring strong job entry skills.  The courses will enhance journalistic creative and critical thinking skills, which are essential to progression in this vibrant profession, and will also prepare students for the challenges they will face in the twenty-first century, by helping develop the analytical skills necessary for reporting events in context.  

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Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

 

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

 

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
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.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

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.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, 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 2014 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 service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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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.

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Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Journalism, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:
  • 4 credit points of Journalism units selected from the specified list below; and
  • 4 credit points of electives selected from the remaining Journalism units and/or from the following disciplines
Advertising
Children's Literature
Journalism
Literary Studies
Media and Communication
Professional Writing
Public Relations


See Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) (A748) and Master of Communication (A747) for units available in the disciplines above.

 

Note: Students who complete a specialisation of 4 credit points will have the specialisation indicated on their academic transcript.

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Course structure

Trimester 1

ALJ710 Multimedia Reporting  

ALJ721 International News  *

ALJ728 Feature Writing  

ALJ729 Newsroom Practice  

ALR715 New Ventures in Creative Enterprise  

 

Trimester 2

ALJ722 Investigative and Narrative Journalism  

ALJ724 Law Media and Communication  

ALJ725 Editing and Design in a Multiple Media Environment  **

 

*ALJ721 Not offered 2014.  Commencing in 2015.

**ALJ725 not offered at Burwood (Melbourne) 2014 - reoffered at Burwood (Melbourne) 2015.  Available in Cloud (online) only 2014.

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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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.

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Entry requirements - specific

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. (more details)

Pathways

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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.

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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
 

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