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Digital and Social Media

Graduate certificate

Improve your skills in online communication, social media management and web media creation.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Digital and Social Media
  • Duration
    6 months full-time
  • Credit
    100
  • CRICOS
    030948K
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Deadlines for applying direct to Curtin

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Semester 1, 2023

Applications now open!

12 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Digital and Social Media at Curtin?

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Digital and Social Media

Outline

Outline

Advances in digital technology have dramatically increased the demand for specialists in digital and social media and online information. 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.

The graduate certificate presents you with a range of skills and specialisations to choose from, depending on your interests and career goals: you can develop skills in public communication, social network management, collaboration via virtual organisations and web media production.

Alternatively, you can learn about the cultural, political, economic and social changes associated with the internet and social media. You can focus on specialist areas of communications and policy, content management, training and development.

Topics include:

  • Exploring the human dimensions of the internet – how people network, collaborate and share information through internet communications, media and design.
  • Understanding the political, social and cultural contexts of online interactions and developments.
  • Learning how to create, maintain and/or manage online communications for personal and commercial interactions.

When you complete the course, you can apply for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Digital and Social Media and then subsequently enrol in the Master of Digital and Social Media to add to your expertise.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What jobs can the Graduate Certificate in Digital and Social Media lead to?

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

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

A bachelor degree in any field of study from a recognised tertiary education institution. In exceptional cases, substantial relevant work experience may allow you entry without a bachelor degree. In this case, no credit for recognised learning will be granted.

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $9,502*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 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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2023

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

2024

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

2025

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

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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

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