Graduate Diploma in Journalism
The Graduate Diploma in Journalism is an intensive learning program that offers a blend of practical and reflective elements designed to give you a professionally well-rounded preparation for the competitive multi-media journalism industry.
The program’s overall objective is for you to develop the practical, intellectual and analytical skills necessary to work in any field of journalism. While you are acquiring vocational skills, including researching, gathering and producing / presenting news for all platforms, you will also learn how to contextualise your practice in relation to the role of journalism and journalists in society and to analyse media environments. You will also learn to apply the ethics and regulations that guide the profession, from deadline-driven decision making to the ethical challenges of more involved and complex research-based projects.
Learning activities and experiences in this program include field trips to media outlets and organisations such as courts, and you will undertake at least one work placement. You will learn the basic skills of news gathering, writing and reporting for all platforms and be involved in live-to-air radio and television news broadcasts. You will also produce copy for the Program's print and online publications.
On completion of the program you will be able to work independently or collaboratively in the any journalistic platform or field, such as print, radio, television and/or digital and know how to apply the acquired skills in a modern multi-platform newsroom, either nationally or internationally.
Graduates of this program are working as editors, sub-editors, reporters, writers, presenters and producers nationally and internationally in mainstream media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, radio, television and online; niche and specialist media; and digital media, including startups. Some graduates also choose to work in communcations roles in the public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.
Program entry requirements
Academic entrance requirements: An Australian undergraduate degree, or its equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience or professional practice may also be considered.
International English language requirements:
- IELTS (Academic): 7.0 (no band less than 6.5)
- TOEFL (Paper based): 600 (TWE 5.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 100 with minimum of 24 in writing and 22 in all other sections
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 65 (no band less than 58)
- Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
- RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: (Advanced 2 certificate pre- 2011)
Extra requirements: All applicants must include in their application an explanation of their interest in studying Journalism, provide details of any previous work experience in the industry (this may include freelance or voluntary work in print, radio, television or online), and demonstrate their awareness of the role of journalists in contemporary society (no more than 300 words). Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Last updated January 6, 2016