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Tertiary Partnerships

As the engagement profession grows, there is increasing demand for professionally accredited tertiary courses (or subjects) in Australia and New Zealand. To address this demand, IAP2 Australasia is partnering with universities to create tertiary education opportunities for the engagement practice.

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Master of Communication at RMIT University 

The Master of Communication will build on your strengths in community engagement by providing you with the fundamentals of communication in a changing media and industry landscape, as well as providing insight into current trends and practice. The curriculum is delivered by a joint mix of academics and industry practitioners, giving you that balance across the theoretical and real-world application.

Offered through a blending learning pedagogy and a flexible combination of lectorials, seminars and studios both during semester and via intensives across the calendar year, this degree provides opportunities for individual exploration, teamwork projects, engagement in industry-based work and study tours.

You can study in-person, online, and will have access to course content in advance of set class times, to allow you to study at your own pace within your other commitments. Through our flex course scheduling, you can go as fast or slow as you wish to complete your studies.

An Agreement between IAP2 Australasia and RMIT provides IAP2 Australasia members with the opportunity to continue further study in community engagement with a Master of Communication at RMIT. Subjects focusing on civic engagement, communication for social change, stakeholder relations and emergent media, as well as audience engagement and analytics, form part of the suite of Master of Communication subjects.

Once enrolled, with intakes occurring twice a year, learners will work alongside a dedicated RMIT academic adviser from the Masters team to plot out a relevant study path, factoring in existing practitioner experience, focusing on community engagement.

With six core subjects, this is an ideal flexible postgraduate qualification for community engagement professionals seeking a qualification to enhance their own career management, by ensuring you have an exposure to the breadth of communication disciplines.

Importance is placed on work-integrated learning (WIL). Members of the teaching team have been internationally recognised as providing best practice WIL experiences to tertiary students. You will work with industry partners on industry projects. You also have the choice to build in an internship or placement using one of your electives, supported by RMIT’s strong industry links with the IAP2 Australasia.

Research is present throughout the degree and in second year, you will complete a professional research project that will be presented as an industry report, a minor thesis or a practice-based project (perhaps with your employer) accompanied by an exegesis. The choice is yours, and our academic advisers work with you to arrive at the best selection for you and your career aspirations, including the onward study of a PhD should you so desire.

Communication can build stronger, more cohesive and sustainable communities and societies. Your diverse teaching team – bringing together academic and industry prowess from professional experience working in communication across more than ten countries – emphasise values of innovation, kindness, passion, empathy, listening and the celebration of difference in their teaching, research and practice.

Visit the RMIT website to learn more about the Master of Communication. 



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Graduate Certificate in Communication (Engagement) at the University of Canberra

IAP2 (Australasia) and Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra are currently finalising a partnership that will see IAP2A Graduates of the Certificate in Engagement benefit from advanced entry into an online Graduate Certificate in Communication (Engagement), commencing semester 1 2023.

 The Graduate Certificate will explore intersections between community engagement and strategic communication, and will include topics such as communicating with diverse audiences, strategic and crisis communication and digital data analytics and visualisation. We will communicate with all IAP2A members and Certificate graduates once this partnership is officially announced in November and the course is available for enrolment. In the interim interested members can email gccengage@canberra.edu.au to register their interest or seek further information.