AU$28,800 (2024 annual)
Gain essential skills and prepare for a diverse range of roles across new and heritage media, such as radio, film and television, and digital.
Learn how each segment of media functions, and build the knowledge required to make content and campaigns shine in this agile, ever-changing environment.
Calling on extensive links to industry, you will undertake a collaborative media project that allows you to develop and create your own original production project with input from peers, teachers, and professional practicitioners. You also have the option of undertaking an industry placement wherein you will be immersed in a real-world media environment, be exposed to industry best practice, and begin building your professional network.
You will learn in RMIT's state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated media precinct, allowing you to build confidence with industry-standard equipment before you pursue professional practice.
Developing practical experience and contextual knowledge throughout your studies, you will strengthen your skills in research, creativity, teamwork and efficiency, allowing you to plan, produce and deliver your own media projects and pursue your goals as the consumate media professional.
With our strong reputation for media studies and practical learning, graduates are actively sought by industry.
We're ranked #4 in Australia and in the top 50 globally for studies in media and communication*
Learn using industry-standard software and state-of-the-art equipment in our dedicated media precinct.
*[QS rankings by subject 2023]
Please note: this graduate diploma is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa. If you are holding a temporary visa (other than a student visa) and your visa has a full study entitlement, you may be eligible to apply. For more information, see the international students with other temporary (non-student) visas.
In the Graduate Diploma of Media, you will learn through a variety of contemporary approaches, utilising both face-to-face and online classes. With a blend of seminars, lectures and tutorials, you will undertake collaborative group work, peer review, presentations, exercises and workshops, and group discussions, and learn to constructively critique your own work and that of your peers. Case studies, problem-based learning, and reflective learning will allow you to explore the full scope of media production.
This highly practical graduate diploma encourages hands-on learning, and you will be assessed on activities including media production projects, written reflections, research, portfolios, presentations and peer and industry reviews. Your projects and presentations will be directly linked to industry-specific needs, ensuring your learning and assessment addresses the current requirements of industry and prepares you for your career.
The School of Media and Communication has extensive links with industry organisations and associations, including the ABC, Screen Australia, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), and many more.
You will be taught both by academics with strong industry links and professional experience in media production, and guest lecturers currently working in the media industries to ensure you are exposed to up-to-the-minute industry trends and developments.
The course regularly consults with an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) that consists of high-profile industry representatives. Part of the IAC’s brief is to ensure that the course's links with industry standards and practice remain current.
As part of your study, you will undertake a collaborative media project in which you will develop and create one or more small original production projects, exploring professional practice, forms and processing, with input from peers, staff and industry. You may also choose to undertake a professional placement or internship to broaden your learning and professional network.
As a student in this graduate diploma, you will undertake five core subjects and choose one elective.
Your core studies will encompass contemporary work practices, sound and image, storytelling and the importance of its medium, and collaborative practices that ensure you are prepared for a real-world work environment.
Your elective subject allows you to delve deeper into an area that interests you, and spans topics including writing and editing, the philosophy and ethics of professional communication, advertising, and specific streams of communication, including political, change, risk and crisis, health, and financial communication.
As part of your studies you may have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement or internship.
Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.
Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Media, you will have the highly specialised knowledge and practical skills required to thrive in the modern media environment.
With its focus on creativity and production, this graduate diploma will prepare you for roles in:
You may also use your newly developed skills to forge your own path as an entrepreneur or content creator, or pursue further study with the Master of Media.
You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.
You must have:
To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience
There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.
A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.
You can gain entry to this masters degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.
Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
Upon successful completion of this program, you can continue your studies in MC188 Master of Media, subject to the program's entrance requirements and receive 96 credit points of advanced standing into the master program.
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2024 is $351.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.