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Digital and Social Media

Graduate Diploma

GD-NETSCM

Course
Graduate Diploma in Digital and Social Media
Duration
1 year full-time
Credit
200
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Enhance your digital marketing skills and your knowledge in online communications.

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Advances in digital technology have dramatically increased the demand for specialists in digital and social information engagement. A deep understanding of digital and social media is key to success across a range of professions, from media and marketing to policy-making and advocacy.

This course builds on the graduate certificate to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to become an astute, engaged professional communicator on the internet.

You’ll develop advanced skills in creating, maintaining and managing online communications across web media, publishing and presence, online collaboration and building and maintaining networks and virtual communities.

You will learn the fundamentals of online communications, including how to identify and understand emerging trends, such as artificial intelligence, social media influencers, big data and online analytics.

You will explore how the internet is changing political systems, reshaping societies, cultures and economies, and how you can apply this knowledge in your workplace practice. You will have the opportunity to focus on specialist areas of communications and policy, content management, training and development.

When you complete the course, you can apply for entry to the Master of Digital and Social Media. 

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • You will learn to be an independent and successful leader of digital and social media development.
  • You will understand the power of the internet to inform, influence and engage individuals, communities and societies.
  • Our teaching staff are highly qualified and dedicated educators, many of whom are also active researchers in the field.
  • Our staff and students are contributors to the academic network, the Association of Internet Researchers.
  • The course is associated with the Centre for Culture and Technology, giving you the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge, interdisciplinary expertise and research in media, culture and digital technologies.

Professional recognition

Our Digital and Social Media program is a member of the Internet Industry Association and the Internet Society (Australia).

Career information

Career opportunities
  • Data business analyst
  • Digital and social media manager
  • Digital producer/strategist
  • Online content creator
  • Web communications manager
  • Industries
  • Advertising, arts and media
  • Education and training
  • Governance, policy and regulation
  • Journalism
  • Marketing, public relations and communications
Industries
  • Advertising, arts and media
  • Education and training
  • Governance, policy and regulation
  • Journalism
  • Marketing, public relations and communications

What you'll learn

  • understand and apply at an advanced level key concepts of Internet Studies and apply transdisciplinary thinking to the application and creation of ideas concerning networked technologies of information and communication
  • think critically, creatively and reflectively so as to imagine, design, use and critique networked technologies of information and communication
  • conduct advanced scholarly and professional research to find, access, organise, evaluate and synthesise information through a variety of media and apply that information to the construction of knowledge
  • communicate and facilitate communication through a variety of media, for different purposes, and for different audiences
  • use the Internet and related networked technologies of information and communication with an understanding of the complex interaction of political, cultural, and economic forces that constitutes technology as social
  • further develop skills and knowledge through independent research and self-directed learning
  • understand and utilise in their research and work the complex interplay of local, national and global factors that influence and are expressed through the Internet and networked technologies of information and communication
  • recognise and value cultural difference and understand its significance in relation to network technologies and their use in society for communication and information
  • act ethically and responsibly to use, sustain and expand the social, business and cultural networks that exist via the Internet, when working independently and in teams

Admission criteria

A bachelor degree in any field of study from a recognised tertiary education institution* or successful completion of units in the Graduate Certificate in Internet Communications.

*Please note that students who have completed the Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications) from Curtin University are not eligible for entry into this course.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

This course has minimal on-campus contact hours, designed for students to use the internet for all/most of your learning. International students will still need to be enrolled full-time in the course, as an internal/on-campus student.

Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Domestic $18,000*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2021

Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2022

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: GD-NETSCM
  • CRICOS code: 030949J
  • Last updated on: October 24, 2021