Graduate Certificate in Media Practice

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Amid the media industry’s unprecedented state of flux, media practitioners are increasingly expected to operate across platforms, generating content for increasingly fragmented and global audiences. The Graduate Certificate in Media Practice prepares you for entry into this dynamic industry through core units in media writing, media liaison, broadcast and online journalism, ethical and legal issues in the media, and international media practice.

Offering a rare mix of media production, media relations, cultural studies and digital cultures units of study, our program will train you with the knowledge, understanding and expertise to become an innovator in rapidly transforming media industries.

Our graduates are equipped with multi-purpose and highly developed skills in written and spoken communication, as well as production capabilities in print, broadcast and online media. You will also develop a sophisticated understanding of media industries, audiences and global media environments and have the opportunity to develop an understanding of digital cultures, internet governance and new media publishing.

The Graduate Certificate in Media Practice is aimed at students who wish to embark upon, or already occupy, career positions in media or in other organisations where an in-depth understanding of media and communications industry practices would enhance their professional prospects.

Career readiness is offered for all aspects of journalism and communications, particularly content production for print, radio, television, online and convergent media.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Units of study

Further course information

Study plan

The Graduate Certificate in Media Practice requires the satisfactory completion of 4 units of study (24 credit points) (cp), including 2 core or compulsory units of study (12cp). Other units of study are normally chosen from the list of approved electives, or undertaken in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator.

Graduate opportunities

Career opportunities exist for all aspects of journalism, particularly content production for print, radio, television and online and convergent media.

The course is designed for graduates who wish to commence or already occupy career positions in media or organisations where a tertiary qualification ie media and communications would significantly enhance their professional ambitions and prospects. Career opportunities exist for all aspects of journalism, particularly content production for print, radio, television and online media.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Media Practice requires:

"(a) a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or

(b) equivalent professional experience in a relevant field of no less than three years in a relevant field such as journalism, public relations, media relations or media research."

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Note: International students are required to enrol on a full-time basis.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Media Practice.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Media Practice.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.