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Graduate Diploma of Media and Communication

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  • Objectives
    Media and communication is the world's fastest-growing industry. It is also an area of rapid and continuous technological, political, economic and social change. Deakin's perspective on the media and communication industry integrates several disciplines and emphasises commonalities of practices and institutions in different sectors of the industry. This distinctive interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspective underpins a broad mix of subjects, in contrast to the narrow focus of other vocational courses. Students can choose from a wide range of units that suit their particular interests and units studied in the Graduate Diploma of Media and Communication gain credit in Deakin's Master of Arts (Professional Communication). This flexible approach to skill-building is designed to match the dynamic and unpredictable nature of the industry.
  • Entry requirements
    To be eligible for admission into the Graduate Diploma of Media and Communication applicants require: * a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or * qualifications deemed to be equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Diploma of Media and Communication
  • Course description
    Fees and charges
    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    *Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2009 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit can be viewed at http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/handbooks2009/search.php. Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services.


    Course rules
    To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Media and Communication, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

        * 1 credit point of compulsory core unit
        * 3 credit points of Media and Communication units selected from the specified list below
        * 4 credit points of electives selected from the Media and Communication units and/or from the following disciplines

    Advertising
    Children's Literature
    Journalism
    Literary Studies
    Media and Communication
    Professional Writing
    Public Relations

     
    See Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) (A748) and Master of Communication (A747) for units available in the disciplines above.

     
    Note: Students who complete a specialisation of 4 credit points will have the specialisation indicated on their academic transcript.

    Course structure

    Core unit
    Trimester 1

    ALC706 Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures  


    Electives
    Not all units are available at Burwood or Off campus. Please check availability of units.

    Trimester 1

    ACM717 Television Commercial Production  

    ACM723 Media Futures: Technology, Regulation and Markets  *

    ACM730 Images, Symbols and Identity  

    ALC705 Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change  

    ALJ724 Law Media and Communication  

    ALL785 The Dance of Literature and the Literature of Dance  

    ALW729 Writing for Communication Media  
     

     

    Trimester 2

    ACM701 Global Media and War  

    ACM716 Building Creative Teams  

    ACM718 Corporate and Community Documentary Production  

    ACM727 Media Design  

    ACM733 My Story: Autobiographical and Experimental Video Production  

    ALR732 Research Methods for Contemporary Society  

     
    * Not offered 2009. Offered 2010.

    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide


    Admission requirements - specific
    To be eligible for admission into the Graduate Diploma of Media and Communication applicants require:

        * a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
        * qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

    Advanced standing - general
    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 Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    Advanced standing - specific
    Applications for advanced standing will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience

    The Graduate Certificate of Media and Communication, the Graduate Diploma of Media and Communication and the Master of Arts (Professional Communication) comprise a suite of fully articulated courses.  Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate will lead to admission into either the Graduate Diploma or the Master of Arts (Professional Communication) with up to 4 credit points of advanced standing.  Successful completion of a Graduate Diploma will lead to admission into the Master of Arts (Professional Communication) with up to 8 credit points of advanced standing.

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