Graduate Diploma of Journalism

Postgraduate coursework

Enhance your creativity, critical thinking and analytical skills and learn advanced communication frameworks with a Graduate Diploma of Journalism.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

This course is 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent duration.

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Whether you want to start your journalism career or update your professional skills to work across all media platforms, Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Journalism is for you. Positioned as a top quality, contemporary program of study, the course integrates journalism theory and practice to enable you to learn how to take advantage of new opportunities in the media and communication industries.

You will be taught by experienced journalists with expertise across all key media platforms: print, television, radio and digital media. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to research, write, edit and publish news and feature stories, and work in Deakin's state-of-the-art digital newsroom and broadcast facilities.

When you graduate, you will have a portfolio of work which showcases your knowledge and skills as a journalist and expert communicator. On completion of the course, you can also take the opportunity to deepen your journalism expertise by seeking credit towards study in Deakin's Master of Communication.

The Graduate Diploma of Journalism will build and enhance the professional skills you need to meet head on the opportunities and challenges of the contemporary news and media industries.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Journalism, 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

  • Communication Concepts ACX701
  • Communication Concepts for their two elective credit points.

    Students must also complete:

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    Course Electives List A

  • Law, Media and Communication ACC717
  • Multimedia Journalism ALJ710
  • Broadcast Journalism ALJ712
  • International News ALJ721
  • Investigative and Narrative Journalism ALJ722
  • Feature Writing ALJ728
  • Newsroom Practice ALJ729
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship ACC700
  • Electives

    2 credit points of electives chosen from the remaining units above or from any other postgraduate course in the School of Communication and Creative Arts.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Journalism
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    A649
    CRICOS code?
    046736B
    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

    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 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.


    Entry pathways

    A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' background award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in Journalism or Professional Communication.

    Highest same discipline award held at point of Grad Dip entry Reduction in course duration Remaining course duration
    Bachelor, Bachelor (Honours) same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 0.5 year or part-time equivalent (4 credit points)

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    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 Journalism is designed for people looking to break into journalism or who are already working in industry and are seeking to upgrade their qualifications or to refresh or advance their professional communication skills. 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 creators across multiple media platforms. Whether you want to work in newspapers, online, radio and television, specialist publishing or corporate communications, the Graduate Diploma of Journalism will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to craft engaging and important news stories.

    Graduates are likely to find work across a wide range of industry sectors with entertainment and content production companies (including news and other media organisations), multimedia businesses, government departments, and not-for-profit organisations. Graduates may be employed or work on a freelance basis. Roles may include news reporter, mobile journalist, producer, editor, sub-editor, blogger, copywriter, corporate communicator or media advisor.

    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 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.

    Communication

    Demonstrate advanced communication skills, including the specialised, 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 specialised, 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. 

    Self-management

    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.

    Teamwork

    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 November 2017

     

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