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Deakin University

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Graduate Certificate of Communication

  • Graduate Certificate

In a world of perpetual change, where facts and opinion often collide, one thing remains certain: the need for skilled communicators.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Course Code
A539, 083989G
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

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'll graduate well-prepared for the inevitable industry advances, challenges and opportunities yet to come.

Entry requirements

Entry will be based on performance in:

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

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

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

Career pathways

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

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

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.

Credit for prior study or work

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 and how to apply for credit.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Communications courses at Deakin University.
85.2%
Overall satisfaction
77.8%
Skill scale
77.5%
Teaching scale
73.2%
Employed full-time
$80k
Average salary