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Graduate Diploma of Journalism

Course summary for local students

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Journalism
Campus
Cloud (online)No
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$19,750* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359
artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

 

Course Director

Nina Weerakkody, +61 3 522 71340, nina.weerakkody@deakin.edu.au

 

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

CRICOS course code046736B
Deakin course code A649

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 creativity 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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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.

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
Children's Literature
Journalism
Literary Studies
Professional Writing
Public Relations


See Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) (A764) and Master of Communication (A743) 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  

 

Trimester 2

ALJ722 Investigative and Narrative Journalism  

ALJ724 Law Media and Communication  

ALJ725 Editing and Design in a Multiple Media Environment  

ACM701 Global Media and War  

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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.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Journalism applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent:

 

  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

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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.

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Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

The Graduate Certificate of Journalism, the Graduate Diploma of Journalism and the Master of Communication comprise a suite of fully articulated courses. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate will lead to entry into either the Graduate Diploma or the Master of Communication with up to 4 credit points for credit transfer Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma will lead to entry into the Master of Communication with up to 8 credit points for credit transfer.

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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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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