What will I learn?

Whether you want to start your journalism career or update your professional skills to work across all media platforms, Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Journalism is for you. Positioned as a top quality, contemporary program of study, the course integrates journalism theory and practice to enable you to learn how to take advantage of new opportunities in the media and communication industries.

You will be taught by experienced journalists with expertise across all key media platforms: print, television, radio and digital media. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to research, write, edit and publish news and feature stories, and work in Deakin's state-of-the-art digital newsroom and broadcast facilities.

When you graduate, you will have a portfolio of work which showcases your knowledge and skills as a journalist and expert communicator. On completion of the course, you can also take the opportunity to deepen your journalism expertise by seeking credit towards study in Deakin's Master of Communication.

The Graduate Diploma of Journalism will build and enhance the professional skills you need to meet head on the opportunities and challenges of the contemporary news and media industries.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Journalism, students must successfully complete 6 credit points from the units listed below and 2 credit points of electives.

Electives may be chosen from the remaining units below or from any other postgraduate course in the School of Communication and Creative Arts; students who intend to move from the diploma into the Master of Communication are strongly advised to take

Communication Concepts ACX701

Communication Concepts for their two elective credit points.

Students must also complete:

Academic Integrity AAI018

Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Career outcomes

The Graduate Diploma of Journalism is designed for people looking to break into journalism or who are already working in industry and are seeking to upgrade their qualifications or to refresh or advance their professional communication skills. The course recognises that media professionals of the future will require versatile skill sets that enable them to adapt to ever-changing industry environments and, in doing so, be active participants and content creators across multiple media platforms. Whether you want to work in newspapers, online, radio and television, specialist publishing or corporate communications, the Graduate Diploma of Journalism will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to craft engaging and important news stories.

Graduates are likely to find work across a wide range of industry sectors with entertainment and content production companies (including news and other media organisations), multimedia businesses, government departments, and not-for-profit organisations. Graduates may be employed or work on a freelance basis. Roles may include news reporter, mobile journalist, producer, editor, sub-editor, blogger, copywriter, corporate communicator or media advisor.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Education



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$32,600.00 (17,45,182) per year
This fee refers to full time and its guide for online students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

7 March 2022


Cloud Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus,

221 Burwood Highway,



3125, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and three years relevant work experience, or five years relevant work experience. Other English Language Requirements accepted: IELTS: Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (PBT) score of 577 Writing 4.5; TOEFL Internet Based: 70 Writing 21; CPE: 176 no band less than 169; CAE: 176 no band less than 169; PTE score of 58 no less than 50 in each skill; OET: Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading.

For international students

Minimum course admission criteria - Bachelor’s degree or higher OR two years relevant work experience OR evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

IELTS: Overall 6.5 No band lower than 6

TOEFL IBT: 79 Writing 21; TOEFL PBT: 577 Writing 4.5

C1 PROFICIENCY and C2 PROFICIENCY: 176 No band less than 169

PTE: 58 No less than 50 in each skill

OET: Overall C+


*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Deakin University

Deakin is a young and dynamic university, offering world-class degrees, excellent employment prospects and a university experience that students love.

  • Among top 1% of international universities in 24 study areas
  • Best in student satisfaction in Victoria for ten years
  • Top 50 young university globally (QS)
  • Offers a curriculum that is practical and industry-informed