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Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Communications (Advanced) (GCA-PUBCOM)

Graduate Certificate (Advanced)Year: 2018 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Award titleGraduate Certificate in Publishing and Communications (Advanced)
Year & campus2018 — Parkville
CRICOS code085949K
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 8
Credit points50 credit points
Duration6 months full time or 12 months part time

The Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Communications (Advanced) provides an introduction to the dynamic field of publishing and communications. It also acts as an entry point to an articulated structure of higher degree study, and may qualify graduates for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) or masters-level programs in this area.

Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%) in appropriate subjects or equivalent.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance; and
  • relevance of previous studies.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7.0 is required.

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providingsupport to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Communications (Advanced) should have:

  • an introductory knowledge of editorial principles and methods across a range of genres and media;
  • a practical knowledge of electronic editing and publishing for digital media; and
  • skills in research, writing and thinking critically about processes of change in the publishing and communications industries.

Generic skills

On completion of this course, students should have acquired skills in:

  • leadership and effective communication;
  • project management;
  • innovative problem solving;
  • team work and liaison in professional contexts; and
  • research, writing and communication.

Graduate attributes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate (Advanced) in Publishing and Communication will have acquired the following attributes:

Academic distinction

  • They will be critical, creative thinkers with an in-depth understanding of publishing practices across a range of media, and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills in a broad range of professional contexts.

Active citizenship

  • They will be active ethical citizens with an engaged awareness of issues such as human rights, social inclusion, ethics and the environment, and the relationship between publishing, citizenship and the public sphere.

Integrity and self-awareness

  • They will be self-critical, self-motivated industry practitioners with the capacity to work independently and in groups, and ability to demonstrate high levels of knowledge, adaptability and self-awareness, in a broad range of professional contexts.

Course structure

Duration: 6 months full-time / 1 year part-time

Program Requirements -

  • elective subjects (50 points)

Total 50 points

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework. Students also should also refer to information in the Student Policy Directory.

Subject options

Elective Subjects

50 points

Code Name Study period Credit Points
PUBL90001 Structural Editing
Semester 1
Semester 2
PUBL90002 Editorial English
Semester 1
Semester 2
PUBL90003 The Contemporary Publishing Industry
Semester 1
PUBL90004 Business and Professional Communications
Semester 1
PUBL90005 Technical Writing and Editing
Semester 2
PUBL90006 Writing and Editing for Digital Media
Semester 1
Semester 2
PUBL90010 Print Production and Design
Semester 1

Further study

Students who complete this program may be elgible for entry into the following programs, with 50 points of credit/advance standing:

  • Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Communications (Advanced)
  • Master of Publishing and Communications

Last updated: 1 May 2019