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Monash University

Diploma in Arts (Communications)

Course code: 2450 ~ Course abbreviation: DipArts(Comn) ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 3-4 years part-time concurrent with a bachelors degree ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Gippsland - P/T only)

Off-campus (Gippsland - P/T only)

Course description

This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in the area of communications while completing a bachelors degree or double degree in other fields. Students develop the conceptual tools for describing and analysing mass communications media in a number of ways: as industries, which employ people and are subject to various forms of regulations, as a series of different textual forms, which audiences receive and make sense of, and as institutions with a central role in the negotiation of social and political relationships such as those which exist between manufacturers, advertisers, consumers, citizens and governments.

Course Objectives

Graduates are expected to: 1. develop the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge pertaining to the academic discipline; 2. develop an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. develop the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in the discipline; 4. develop an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the field of study; 5. develop the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills such as computer skills, appropriate to the academic discipline.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students are required to complete a three-year major sequence (48 points) in communications. For full information on the units required, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

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