Graduate Certificate of Communications and Media Studies - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Admission and fees


Course type

Graduate certificate

Standard duration

0.5 years FT, 1 year PT

You have a maximum of 3 years to complete this course.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)


Graduate Certificate of Communications and Media Studies


The last decade has been one of unprecedented change in communications and media content, forms, technology and policy with wide-ranging implications for business, politics, public administration and everyday life. The Graduate Certificate of Communications and Media Studies provides the foundations for understanding key challenges posed by the emergence of digital media, globalisation and increasing levels of cross-cultural exchange. The degree is suitable for emerging professionals in communications and media industries as well as those wishing to expand their knowledge of this dynamic field. Skill development in critical thinking, writing and presentation in multicultural settings are designed to build learning success and enhance your career capabilities. Successful completion of this degree can count toward a Master of Communications and Media Studies for those who desire further study.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. explain diverse aspects of communications and media including policy, content and technology change over time
  2. relate communications and media theory to politics, public administration, business and the everyday
  3. analyse and critically evaluate a range of texts and cultural products pertaining to communication and media
  4. utilise research skills to undertake a short, guided research task
  5. communicate research findings in a range of formats to professional and non-professional audiences


The course comprises 24 points structured into three core units which provide knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required of skilled practitioners working in a range of fields addressing communication and media studies.


Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

You must complete:

  • APG5060 Advanced academic skills
  • APG5070 Media, mobility and migration

And one of

  • APG5050 Communication research methods (12 points)
  • APG5894 Communications theories and practices (12 points)

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to the Master of Communications and Media Studies at entry point 2.