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Graduate Certificate of Communication

Postgraduate coursework

Boost your skillset and advance your career while learning about the rapidly expanding media and communication industry.

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Key facts

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

In a world of perpetual change, where facts and opinion often collide, one thing remains certain: the need for skilled communicators. Broaden your knowledge, and your mind, to gain a competitive edge in a rapidly evolving job market.

Keen to dip into postgraduate communications study to boost your current skillset and advance your career?

With unprecedented advancement in technology and the increasing globalisation of business enterprises, strategic communication and critical thinking skills are a highly valued, modern-day commodity. Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Communication will give you the specialist knowledge and skills to empower you to thrive in roles that influence and shape opinion.

Tailor your degree to your career goals – undertake intensive study in journalism, television production, public relations, digital media or visual communication design, or explore cross-disciplinary study. Enjoy a flexible, supported and stimulating learning environment, while collaborating with like-minded students, including those already working in industry.

Explore theoretical concepts and frameworks and learn how to apply them in a practical setting. Learn from experienced staff and experts in the field, who ensure our course content stays up-to-date with the latest technological advances, industry demands and market conditions.

The Graduate Certificate of Communication is also an articulation pathway into the Master of Communication. Should you be interested in continuing your studies, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) upon successful completion of this course.

Whether you’re looking to upskill, change roles or challenge yourself in a new discipline, you will graduate well-prepared for the inevitable industry advances, challenges and opportunities yet to come.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Communication
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
A539
CRICOS code?
083989G Burwood (Melbourne)
Level
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.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Communication, students must successfully complete:

  • 4 credit points in Communication from the units listed below plus

Students are strongly encouraged to look at specific concentrations and patterns of unit choice that develop their professional communication skills and should seek advice to create the best combination available to them to achieve their specific course objectives and learning outcomes. Students using the Graduate Certificate as a pathway into the Master of Communication are strongly advised to complete ACX701 Communication Concepts as two of their 4 credit points.

Students using the Graduate Certificate to seek entry into a specialised diploma should take all four units from a single sub-field to enable credit for those units to be granted towards the diploma.

Core Units

  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Television Studio Production
  • Digital Publishing
  • Design and Digital Skills
  • Web and Interactive Design
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Strategic Branding and Design
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Communication Concepts (2 credit points)
  • Social Media Collaboration
  • Making Sense of Communities Online
  • Digital Curation in the Age of AI
  • Social Media Content Creation
  • Journalism for Social Change
  • Multimedia Storytelling
  • Writing the News
  • Global Journalism
  • Investigative and Narrative Journalism
  • Public Relations Campaigns
  • Writing for Brands
  • Digital Brand Storytelling
  • Reputation Management: Crisis, Risk and Responsibility
  • Advanced Brand Communication
  • Public Relations, Activism and Social Change
  • Public Relations Theory and Practice
  • Advertising Theory and Practice
  • Public Affairs and Opinion Formation
  • Introduction to Sports Media
  • Sport Commentary
  • ACF700 Writing with the Camera [No longer available for enrolment]

    ACF702 Television Commercial Production [No longer available for enrolment]

    ACF703 Fractured TV: Audiences, Formats, Technology and Regulation [No longer available for enrolment]

    ACF705 Documentary Production Practice [No longer available for enrolment]

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)*

      *Note: Limited offerings in Trimester 3

    Note: Trimester 3 unit offerings are limited

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Admission criteria

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher
    • at least two years' relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.  
      
    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you’re able to commit to your study.  

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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.

    Scholarship options

    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.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    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.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through Deakin

    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.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Now more than ever is a great time to be in the media and communications industry. From media agencies and newsrooms, to publications, community relations and government organisations, anywhere in the world – the career opportunities are vast.

    Our Graduate Certificate of Communication can prepare you for roles such as:

    • public relations specialist
    • journalist
    • media adviser
    • communications consultant
    • technical writer
    • visual designer
    • social media manager

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    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

    Apply specialist skills and knowledge of communication methods and concepts in professional and scholarly contexts.

    Communication

    Use specialist cognitive and technical skills to communicate ideas, arguments, and solutions to problems in a variety of modes across a range of professional and scholarly contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Make expert use of digital technologies to address a range of communication needs in professional contexts and for diverse audiences within and outside the communication industries.

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse and evaluate complex ideas in communication theory and communicate conclusions in the context of professional decision-making and scholarship.

    Problem solving

    Use specialised knowledge and skills in communication to identify, investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information in the context of generating creative solutions to industry and scholarly problems.

    Self-management

    Employ autonomy, accountability and initiative when responding creatively to new situations in professional communication contexts.

    Teamwork

    Work and learn collaboratively in professional communication practice and in scholarly contexts, including exercising initiative and accountability as a team member.

    Global citizenship

    Critically reflect on communication-related issues in both domestic and global contexts, as a scholar and in professional practice, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards.

    Approved by Faculty Board November 2022