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Graduate Diploma in Communications

Course code: 3916 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipComm ~ Total credit points required: 48 points ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Off-campus (Gippsland)

Course description

The Graduate Diploma of Communications offers advanced study of global communications and media. The social, economic, aesthetic, strategic, public, technological and organizational dimensions of global communication are explored. The degree canvasses the nature of media, networks, publics, audiences, and flows. Students study research methods and communication theory

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

Students must complete a maximum of 48 points at level 4; all units are worth 12 points:

  • full time on-campus students will normally complete two units per semester
  • part time on-campus and off-campus students will normally complete one unit per semester.

Course requirements

Core units

Students must complete the following:

  • COM4131 Contemporary media and communication theory
  • COM4209 Communication research

Elective units

Students may complete up to 24 points from the following:

  • COM4141 Current issues in international media and communications
  • COM4201 Communication organisations and technologies
  • COM4203 Communication systems and networks
  • COM4204 Communication economies and society
  • COM4207 Strategic communication
  • COM4211 Researching global audiences
  • COM4212 Global development communication
  • COM4302 Media flows
  • COM4550 Eyewitness: Reportage, Representation and War

Exit point

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


Upon successful completion of the graduate diploma with a credit average, students may apply for entry into the Master of Communications.

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Peter Murphy and Dr Sue Yell