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Graduate Diploma of Journalism

  • Graduate Diploma

Build specialised and multidisciplinary skills to thrive in an evolving industry with the Graduate Diploma of Journalism.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Course Code
A649, 046736B
Intake Months

About this course

Build specialised and multidisciplinary skills to thrive in an evolving industry with the Graduate Diploma of Journalism. Hone your craft in professional standard newsrooms, connect with leading journalists from day one and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

Want to be a multi-skilled communicator and content creator, capable of reporting stories with impact across multiple platforms?

Journalism is in a state of change. Emerging media platforms, the rise of fake news and a dynamic 24/7 news landscape have increased the demand for accurate, versatile and adaptable journalists. A changing industry creates opportunities for those with future-focused skills in critical thinking and analysis, research and investigation, interviewing, writing and reporting and the ability to innovate and connect with diverse audiences across a range of media. Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Journalism trains you in these very skills, preparing you for success no matter where your career takes you.

The course's focus on cross-platform content creation ensures you graduate as a multi-skilled communicator. Develop skills in:

  • multimedia journalism
  • investigative journalism
  • feature writing
  • news practice and analysis, and more.

By building experience across different platforms and styles of journalism, you can confidently navigate the diverse challenges of your future career and move seamlessly between different roles as your interests change. Elective units add another layer of flexibility to your degree and give you the chance to study units from any other postgraduate course in Deakin's School of Communication and Creative Arts. Enhance your repertoire by studying complementary units in digital media, design, creative writing, public relations or television production.

On top of technical skills, you'll learn about the ethical demands of the modern journalist, and discover what it takes to report accurately and with integrity in an age of misinformation.

You'll get hands-on, early and often, with access to industry-standard facilities like our professional television studio with green screens and live streaming capabilities, editing suites, media resource centre and state-of-the-art newsroom, streaming news from around the world. In addition, you can pitch and produce stories for our very own student publication, DScribe, and secure an industry placement, giving you the chance to produce content alongside established professionals, work to deadlines and build valuable industry connections.

While there are many exciting career pathways for graduates, there are also opportunities for further study upon successful completion of the course. If you're interested in deepening your journalism expertise and building even more industry experience, you might like to articulate into Deakin's Master of Communication.

Entry requirements

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)

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

The Graduate Diploma of Journalism is designed for people looking to break into journalism and the media and communications industries, as well as current journalists who want to upskill, network and progress to more advanced or diversified roles.

The course recognises that media professionals of the future require versatile skills that allow them to adapt to the changing needs of the industry. Whether you want to work in newspapers, digital media, radio, television, specialist publishing or corporate communications, the course provides you with the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge needed to develop engaging stories and content across all platforms, including traditional and emerging media.

Graduates are prepared to pursue work across a wide range of industry sectors, including:

  • multimedia businesses
  • sports media
  • government departments and not-for-profit organisations

You'll also have the freedom to work as an employee or as a freelancer. You can explore roles as a:

  • news reporter
  • mobile journalist
  • producer
  • editor or sub-editor
  • blogger
  • copywriter
  • corporate communicator or media advisor.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Journalism, students must successfully complete:

  • 6 credit points in Journalism from the units listed below, plus
  • 2 credit points of electives, plus
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

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.