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Graduate diploma

Change to a journalism career and learn advanced research, production and publishing skills for contemporary media formats.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Diploma in Journalism
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
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Why study Journalism at Curtin?

Work experience

Opportunities to work at Seven West Media in journalism initiatives. 

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.




As Western Australian’s premier journalism program, Curtin has the experience and industry connections to provide you with the best postgraduate experience in journalism.

In this highly practical course you will learn research, investigative and interviewing skills for audio, video and text-based journalism, and use industry standard equipment and facilities.

Subjects include video news, radio news, news writing, broadcast presentation, media law and ethics, entrepreneurial journalism and long form journalism.

You’ll have the opportunity to practise your reporting skills by publishing your journalism on Curtin's student digital news site, Western Independent, and you will build a portfolio of your work.

When you successfully complete this course, you can apply for entry to the Master of Journalism. You can also exit this course early at the graduate certificate level.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What jobs can the Graduate Diploma in Journalism lead to?

The future of journalism

Journalism is a dynamic and fast-paced industry that has witnessed much change in recent decades. This has led to many new niche and boutique media startups, creating varied employment opportunities.

Many of Curtin’s journalism graduates find work at major media organisations. We aim to produce skilled multimedia journalists who thrive in the contemporary digital environment and can demonstrate the fundamental skills of research, interviewing, writing and broadcast presentation.


  • Media
  • Corporate and public sector communications
  • Public relations
  • Publishing

What you'll learn

  • understand and apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity and develop a commitment to professional research and publication, as well as reflective practice
  • assess and evaluate information, and synthesise key facts, themes, and ideas in creating journalism
  • communicate appropriately with colleagues, professional contacts and a range of audiences. Assess the application of existing and emerging technologies on journalism to create effective professional work
  • understand the discipline Journalism and the role of journalists and journalism in a globalized world; understand and apply established knowledge, principles, and professional practices in Journalism
  • acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national, and global perspectives and the impact of these on journalism: recognise individual human rights, and appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when engaging with and representing issues pertaining to marginalised groups
  • demonstrate professional behaviour and standards and work collaboratively within the legal and ethical parameters of journalism

I think the essence of journalism is storytelling. At Curtin, I got a grasp of how you piece a story together so that it gets people's attention and delivers them the information they need to know in a compelling way.

Michael Casey

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 or equivalent in an unrelated field from a recognised institution OR a Graduate Certificate in Journalism.

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)









Overall band score


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

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.