La Trobe University

Graduate Certificate in Communication (Journalism Innovation)


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
One year
Fees and costs
$19,000 per 120 credit points
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
The Graduate Certificate is a program of study offering choices in a range of cutting-edge coursework subjects, as well as research project options that can provide an opportunity progress to the Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation).

The focus is on enhancing journalistic practice while developing skills essential for the 21st century media professional. You'll develop insights and strong responses to the contemporary, changing media industry.

Strong industry links are maintained through the program's extensive work placement scheme, which offers you the chance to spend time in a newsroom.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered.

Note: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Advanced standing - credit for prior study

Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.

Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.


If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.

Career outcomes

This degree prepares you to work for yourself or in a range of roles across the media and publishing industries. You'll be ready to work in: - journalism - media management - communications practice Your skills in commercial strategy will be a valued asset across industries, opening doors to senior and general management positions across a diverse range of fields.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

$19,000 per 120 credit points
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018. How to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe: - ask us a question - book a one-on-one consultation - chat online - visit our FAQ page - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.