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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Communication and Culture is a unique degree that offers a flexible program of study in multiple aspects of digital communication and culture, including the latest developments in internet platforms, social media, research tools, digital audiences, mobile media, online governance, cross-media creative and games.

This degree provides a comprehensive platform from which to engage with digital technologies and their cultural contexts. You will gain an understanding of the recent literature on technological change and its cultural contexts.

Why study with us?

You will develop a critical understanding of the following areas: aesthetics and politics of computer games and mobile media production and circulation of knowledge in the digital era diverse meanings and operations of networks the activity of digital media audiences diverse forms of regulation of the internet.

You may choose elective units based on selected and recommended pathways from Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney College of the Arts, Interactive Design and Electronic Arts and Information Technologies. You can also undertake an internship as a capstone experience, coordinated by staff within the Department of Media and Communications.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Communication and Culture requires the satisfactory completion of 4 units of study (24 credit points), including 2 core units of study (12 credit points). 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.

You may choose elective units based on selected and recommended pathways from Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney College of the Arts, Interactive Design and Electronic Arts and Information Technologies.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

You can also undertake an internship as a capstone experience, coordinated by staff within the Department of Media and Communications.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Communication and Culture requires:

  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution, with a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences; or
  • equivalent professional experience in a relevant field.

Upgrade is possible from the Graduate Certificate to a Graduate Diploma or Masters, or from a Graduate Diploma to Masters in the same subject area, after successful completion of the shorter course.

Career Pathways

Graduates work as creatives, journalists, educators, strategists and policymakers in technology domains and in a range of technologically mediated industries and organisations including media, the public sector, advertising, education, museums, culture, entertainment, telecommunications, IT and games.

This program is particularly valuable for professionals moving into the emerging content, services and leadership roles opening up in broadband, mobile telecommunications and computer entertainment.

Domestic students

International students

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