Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts



Study a Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts and develop your creative practice in one of the seven disciplines offered at Deakin, and explore topics related to sustainable creative practices and research. Find out more about the course online and apply today.

The graduate Diploma of Creative Arts provides students with advanced academic and professional skills in practice-led research and creative arts production. The course enables students to understand and explore the social, political and cultural contexts and history of ideas that inform contemporary approaches to the creative arts. Students build and develop sustainable creative practices as independent or commissioned practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills in art-making and creative arts research.

The Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts is available in any of the seven disciplines of the Creative Arts: Visual Arts, Photography, Film and Television, Animation and Motion Capture, Visual Communication Design, Dance or Drama.


Key facts


This course is 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent duration. 


  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

# Disciplines:

Burwood (Melbourne) - Animation & Motion Capture, Dance, Drama, Film & TV, Photography, Visual Communication Design and Visual Arts

Waterfront (Geelong) - Photography & Visual Arts

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$20,080 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code





Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts, will possess advanced or expert knowledge and skills to work in a range of industry contexts spanning the creative Arts within diverse organisations (non-profit through to corporate).  Graduates will be able to undertake many roles which may be categorised from entrepreneurial, consulting, curatorial, through to art production within organisations such as museums and galleries, government (federal, state and local), and boutique arts companies (as examples). There are also many opportunities to be found in festivals, curatorial and community projects typically funded or auspiced by government and philanthropic entities. Organisations are looking for graduates who have knowledge and skills developed in a learning environment enhanced by contemporary and up-to-date production facilities, equipment and spaces (which Deakin provides). Graduates will also be well equipped to undertake independent artist careers.

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Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire advanced knowledge and specialised technical and creative skills in creative arts practice in one or more disciplines or areas of creative arts including drama, dance, photography, visual arts, animation, film and television, motion-picture capture, and visual communication design.

Apply this knowledge and skills in professional creative arts practice.

Reflect on their practice, situating it within the history and traditions of a creative discipline and the wider cultural and social context.

Engage with key ideas in relation to contemporary art discourse.


Use specialist creative arts technologies and skills to communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences in academic and non-academic contexts.

Formulate ideas and engage in discussion of artwork, creative decision-making processes and relevant contemporary ideas in art and culture.

Digital literacy

Acquire advanced technical skills in the use of digital technologies to produce, document, present and publish in the creative arts.

Critical thinking

Use specialist knowledge in creative arts to critically reflect on the relationship of creative practice and practice-led research methodologies to produce creative works or outputs.

Evaluate and interpret complex ideas through creative arts practice.

Critically analyse the contribution of creative practice to the production of knowledge in discipline specific or inter-disciplinary inquiries.

Problem solving

Identify evaluate and resolve theoretical and methodological challenges in marrying academic research and writing with reflective practices in creative arts production.

Engage with contemporary art discourse through coherent and systematic evaluation, analysis and synthesis of ideas.


Acquire the knowledge, skills and initiative required for independent research in creative arts practice.

Develop skills to lead production in creative arts in academic and professional contexts.


Develop advanced interpersonal and communication skills to participate effectively as a member of a team in the production, completion and presentation of creative arts projects. 

Global citizenship

Act responsibility and ethically in researching, developing and producing creative arts projects.

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014


Course Structure

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

  • 8 credit points of course work units (ACA701, ACA702, ACA710, ACA711, ACA712, ACA715)

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

Course pathways

Alternative exits

Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Fee information

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Offered campuses


Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

Geelong Waterfront

Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.

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