Postgraduate coursework

Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts

Study Deakin's postgraduate course, the Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts and explore topics related to sustainable creative practices and research.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

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

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Waterfront (Geelong)

Course information

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.

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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)
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Key information

Award granted
Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts
Year
2018 course information
Deakin code
A659
CRICOS code
083982C
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • 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

Entry requirements

Entry information

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 should check the Entry and English language requirements.

Admission Requirements Specific Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
  • a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
  • at least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

IELTS / English language requirements Please note that English language requirements exist

for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

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

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

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.

Communication

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.

Self-management

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.

Teamwork

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

 

Application information

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 Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

PDF Application form - 306 KB

Need more information on how to apply?

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

Entry pathways

Credit for prior learning

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.

Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

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