Graduate Diploma of Digital Media

Postgraduate coursework

Deakin's new postgraduate Graduate Diploma of Digital Media course develops your knowledge in diverse media and online developments.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Digital Media critically engages with a world in which the diverse array of media and cultural industries are increasingly impacted by digital and online developments. Developed in consultation with industry, the course is designed to ensure future media professionals are engaged in practical ways with various forms of digital media platforms; not only critically understanding, but also curating their own content and developing a substantial ePortfolio relevant to organisational contexts. The course enables you to explore, analyse, create and share online content and learn how to creatively select and assemble media elements to create personal or brand identities, stories, and narratives.

Following successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Digital Media, you may choose to apply for credit to continue your studies in Deakin's Master of Communication.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Digital Media, students must successfully complete 6 credit points from the Course Electives List A below and 2 credit points of electives.

Electives may be chosen from the remaining units below or from any other postgraduate course in the School of Communication and Creative Arts; students who intend to move from the diploma into the Master of Communication are strongly advised to take ACX701 Communication Concepts for their two elective credit points.

Students must also complete 

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • 6

    Core units

    2

    Elective units

    8

    Total

    Course Electives List A

  • Designing for Web Environments ACG706
  • Social Media Collaboration ALC701
  • Making Sense of Communities Online ALC702
  • Digital Curation ALC703
  • Social Media Content Creation ALC708
  • Digital Marketing ALR703
  • Creating Your Arts Business ACA715
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship ACC700
  • Electives

    2 credit points of electives may be chosen from the remaining units above or from any other postgraduate course in the School of Communication and Creative Arts; students who intend to move from the diploma into the Master of Communication are strongly advised to take ACX701 Communication Concepts for their two elective credit points.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Digital Media
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    A634
    CRICOS code?
    096524M
    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.

    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:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

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

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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

    Admission Requirements Specific Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
    • a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
    • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time 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)

    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 tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 Recognition of 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.

    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 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

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


    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.


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    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    The Graduate Diploma of Digital Media is designed to produce graduates who are effective and multi-literate communicators. Graduates will be transmedia participants who work with and across multiple platforms as self-reflexive and flexible creators. They will meet the growing need for independent and collaborative researchers, who are innovative problem solvers and ethical global citizens. The course recognises that media professionals of the future will require versatile skill sets that enable them to adapt to ever-changing industry environments and, in doing so, be active participants and content curators online.

    Jobs of the future in the communications and media industries will be obtained by those practitioners who have a strong online identity/presence and diverse portfolio. The Graduate Diploma of Digital Media seeks to create savvy media professionals who actively, productively and ethically engage with communities through online and traditional means.

    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

    Demonstrate an advanced theoretical and applied understanding of contemporary digital and online media environments, particularly in relation to processes and practices in media and cultural industry contexts.

    Communication

    Demonstrate advanced and effective communication skills to communicate ideas, arguments and analyses in written, digital and oral formats that meet academic and media practitioner standards for a diverse range of audiences.

    Digital literacy

    Demonstrate an ability to utilise a range of digital media to communicate a variety of messages online to a professional standard.

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate advanced cognitive skills in engaging with contemporary media debates, issues, and industry contexts in relation to their social, cultural, economic, legal, and ethical aspects.

    Problem solving

    Demonstrate an advanced understanding of industry-based problems and an ability to solve these through a strategic application of digital and online media platforms.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate autonomy, accountability, and initiative in responding effectively and creatively to new situations in professional contexts.  

    Teamwork

    Demonstrate initiative and accountability in working collaboratively with peers in online environments to solve problems by completing media projects.

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate and apply an advanced understanding of legal and ethical issues in relation to online media in a globalised media context, taking into account issues relating to intellectual property, social justice, diversities, and environmental impact.

    Approved by Faculty Board November 2017

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