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Monash University

Graduate Certificate in Communications and Media Studies

Course code: 3065 ~ Course abbreviation: GradCertComn&MediaSt ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 0.5 years full-time, 1 year 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 program 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. The program also provides a means for those with extensive industry experience who may not have a tertiary qualification to enter the graduate program in communications at an appropriate level. In particular, the course will introduce students to the communications industry in Australia today, to some of the key public policy issues in the field and to the changing regulatory framework within which the communications industry operates.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. a familiarity with 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

Course requirements

Candidates must satisfactorily complete two level 4, 12-point, semester-length units to the value of 24 points as outlined below:

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


Candidates who obtain grades of at least credit average may apply for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Communications and Media Studies and, if accepted, will be granted a maximum of 24 points of credit.

Course coordinator

Dr Mark Gibson