Graduate Diploma of Journalism

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Journalism
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes

This course is 2 years part-time or equivalent duration. 

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$20,080 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359  

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code A649

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 will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, 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.

For more information go to My Course My Career

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.  


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. 


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.


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


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 must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

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 and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Communication (A539)