English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org
One year part-time
In a fast-paced and data-driven digital world, cloud computing is an area of significant business interest. The rapid adoption of cloud technologies in many organisations and businesses has driven the need for IT professionals skilled in cloud computing, architectures, and solutions. This course responds to the growing demand for skilled professionals equipped with the specialised knowledge and experience necessary to leverage cloud-related opportunities to enhance business operations.
There are many benefits of building and deploying cloud architectures and solutions for businesses, including cost reductions and improvements to improve the agility and efficiency of business operations. This course is ideally suited to experienced IT professionals, network administrators and systems engineers who are keen to upskill and equip themselves with the specialist knowledge in cloud computing and enrich their industry experience.
Want to gain expert cloud computing skills to advance your career?
Throughout the course, you will develop an advanced understanding of current and emerging trends in cloud computing technologies. Specifically, the course will focus on the development of technical and analytical skills in the areas of cloud computing architecture and solutions, data networking, automation, storage, virtualisation, large-scale deployment, failover and load-balancing mechanisms. Depending on your particular area of interest, you will also have the opportunity to hone your studies in either networks and security (to focus on risk assessments, mitigation and the implementation of security protocols) or software architecture and scalability for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Following the completion of this course, you will be highly sought after for specialist roles within IT and related industries that require expertise to design, develop and deploy cloud solutions that enhance business operations with high-performing computing technologies.Read More
- Award granted
- Graduate Certificate of Cloud Architectures and Solutions
2023 course information
- Deakin code
- Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
- Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Cloud Architectures and Solutions, students must attain 4 credit points (one year part- time study), which must include the following:
- Four (4) core units (4 credit points)
- Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
Plus choose one from:
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus.
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- Bachelor Degree in a related discipline, OR
- Bachelor Degree AND two years relevant work experience, OR
- Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or equivalent, OR
- Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.
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)
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Recognition of prior learning
Deakin 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 with Deakin, 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 with Deakin.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Page which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin degree and how to apply for credit.
Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.
Fees and scholarships
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. 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 tuition fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.
After successfully completing your graduate certificate, you can continue your study by using the credit points you’ve earned to enter the:
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Use advanced and integrated knowledge of computer networking and Cloud computing architectures and solutions to guide, manage and support their successful development, deployment and operations.
Communicate details of cloud architectures and solutions to technical and non-technical stakeholders using appropriate terminologies.
Use digital media to locate, collect and evaluate information from technical channels and apply information to identify approaches and solutions that meet user requirements.
Exercise independent and critical judgement in applying Cloud computing technologies to the deployment and operation of software solutions.
Apply specialised knowledge, skills, and techniques to design and implement solutions involving the application of Cloud computing technologies.
Approved by Faculty Board 10 June 2021