Graduate Diploma of Communication

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  • Qualification:
    Graduate Diploma
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
  • Start date:
    3 intake dates each year - enquire today!
  • Awarded by:
    Deakin University
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Communications Officer | Communications and Events Coordinator | Digital Marketing and Communications Officer | Publicity Officer | Communications Coordinator | View All

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Course Rundown

You’re a keen communicator seeking to grow your career. Take your first step with this dynamic and adaptive Graduate Diploma of Communication course from Deakin University. 

Designed for students seeking to move into a career in communications or media, this industry-relevant qualification offers relevant and competitive skills and insights for an exciting new career in communications, public relations, content production, journalism or digital media.

Grounded in a solid understanding of the dynamic technological, political, economic and social changes disrupting the communications industry, this qualification offers a broad range of subjects for you to develop a degree that suits you, your skills, and your interests. 

You may choose to study subjects relating to television production, crisis communications, strategic branding, online content development, or strategic public relations – choosing from a range of cross-disciplinary specialisations to tailor a unique and highly relevant degree. 

Designed with a rapidly evolving job market in mind, this flexible course offers meaningful opportunities for you to build sought-after skills, enhance your opportunities, and take your next career step.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline; OR
  • Hold a graduate certificate in any discipline; OR
  • Have at least two years (or part-time equivalent) of relevant work experience. 

English language proficiently requirements also apply.


In this communications course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Academic integrity
  • Communication and creative arts internship
  • Law, media and communication
  • Digital publishing
  • Design and digital skills
  • Designing for web environments
  • Design thinking and problem solving
  • Strategic branding and design
  • Writing with the camera
  • Television studio production
  • Television commercial production
  • Fractured TV: Audiences, formats, technology and regulation
  • Talking heads: Personality and persona on-screen
  • Documentary production practice
  • Introduction to digital photography
  • Communications concepts
  • Social media principles and practices
  • Making online communities
  • Digital curation
  • Blogging and online communication techniques
  • Multimedia journalism
  • International news
  • Investigative and narrative journalism
  • Feature writing
  • Newsroom practice
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Public relations campaigns
  • Public relations writing and tactics
  • Digital marketing
  • Reputation management: crisis, risk and responsibility
  • Marketing communications
  • Public relations, activism and social change
  • Public relations theory and practice
  • Advertising theory and practice
  • Public affairs and opinion formation

Established in 1974 as Australia’s first regional university in Victoria, Deakin University has consistently raised the bar in delivering quality tertiary education with a focus on excellent teaching and research.

The multi-award winning education provider teaches over 53,000 students a year, offering renowned courses that integrate real-world expertise and practical skills. Get recognised with Deakin in a range of industries, including nutrition, sports management, property management, law, business and more. Plus, they’ve have ranked in the top 2% by the acclaimed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

As a student of Deakin, you’ll get support every step of the way along your learning journey!

They’ve got a range of on-campus facilities and online features to help ease the pressure of study, including on-campus childcare services, a medical centre with qualified nurses and doctors, free and confidential counselling (face-to-face or via phone) and more.

Deakin also offer advisers and resources to help develop your academic skills. Advisers are available on campus and online to help guide you in your research, assignment and study practices.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Victoria: Melbourne Burwood

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Diploma of Communication from Deakin University.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek employment in a broad range of roles within the communications, digital media, journalism and public relations industries. You may choose to seek employment working as communications coordinator or officer, as a media relations adviser or public relations officer, in corporate communications, in digital media, or as a writer. 

This qualification can also formalise your existing skills and experience with a relevant, recognised academic qualification - helping you advance your career and demonstrate your abilities.

Curious about where a career in communications could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

The estimated cost for this course if $20,600.

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover all or part of your fees. Deakin University also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Enquire now to find a payment option that works for you! 

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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