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Graduate Diploma in Communications and Media Studies

Course code: 1398 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipComn&MediaSt ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)*

    *All classes are taught in Melbourne Central Business District

Course description

The course is designed for candidates who wish to obtain a one-year postgraduate qualification as preparation for employment in the print or electronic media, public affairs or policy fields. The course also offers suitably experienced people the opportunity to further develop and upgrade their skills and expertise in the field of communications and to familiarise themselves with contemporary debates and developments in this field.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Candidates must satisfactorily complete four level 4, 12-point, semester-length units to the value of 48 points as outlined below.

Course requirements

Core units

  • COM4001 Researching and writing Australia
  • COM4009 Issues in international communications

Elective units

One of the following:

  • COM4006 New communications media
  • COM4010 Communications, convergence and public policy

One of the following:

  • COM4002 Communications and media history
  • COM4008 Media, ethics and practice

Electives to the value of 12 points offered within the faculty or with another faculty may be taken with the approval of the course coordinator.

Exit points

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with a Graduate Certificate in Communications and Media Studies.


Students who complete the graduate diploma with results of at least a credit, may apply to transfer to a relevant masters program.

Course coordinator

Dr Mark Gibson