Graduate Certificate of Creative Arts

Postgraduate coursework

Understand the social, political and cultural contexts that ground creative art. Study Deakin's postgrad course, the Graduate Certificate of Creative Arts.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

This course is 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent duration. 

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Waterfront (Geelong)

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Study the Graduate Certificate of Creative Arts to build on skills developed at the undergraduate level and explore contemporary approaches to creativity. Focus on practical skills that prepare you for career growth while collaborating with creatives from diverse disciplines.

Want the skills to unlock new opportunities in your creative industry?

The Graduate Certificate of Creative Arts allows you to hone your creative practice alongside students from our six creative arts disciplines: visual arts, photography, animation and motion capture, visual communication design, dance and drama. By collaborating with artists from different fields, you’ll broaden your understanding of creativity while developing transferable skills that employers value, such as imaginative thinking, problem solving and leadership.

On top of your core unit of study, you’ll strengthen your creative repertoire with three elective units. Your electives can play to your strengths, or help you upskill in an unfamiliar discipline. Some of your elective options include:

  • Writing with the Camera
  • Documentary Production Practice
  • Arts Marketing
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving.

Electives units provide lots of practical experience, including industry-relevant creative projects that challenge you to apply theoretical frameworks in teams and as an individual. You can also get hands-on in our professional standard facilities, including TV broadcast studios, dance and drama studios, a professional photographic light studio, visual arts and design studios and dedicated gallery spaces.

While there are many exciting career pathways for graduates, there are also opportunities for further study upon successful completion of the course. If you want to continue building your creative expertise, you can articulate into Deakin’s Master of Creative Arts

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Creative Arts, a student must successfully complete 1 core unit and 3 electives from within the Master of Creative Arts, Master of Communication or Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)

2

One core unit

2

Two core units

4

Total credit points

Core Unit

Select one unit from:

  • Contemporary Debates in the Creative Arts
  • Or

  • Transgressive Acts in Cinema, Art, Performance
  • Electives

    Choose 3 credit points of electives from within the Master of Creative ArtsMaster of Communication or Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)

    Other units that may be counted as electives are:

  • Creativity and the Arts
  • Arts Marketing
  • Arts Management
  • Arts and Sports-based Approaches to Community Development
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Social Media Content Creation
  • Writing with the Camera
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Documentary Production Practice
  • Creating Your Arts Business
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Creative Arts
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    A559
    CRICOS code?
    083983B Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications 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)

    Note: Disciplines of offer

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

    Waterfront (Geelong) - Photography, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree in any discipline OR
    • At least two 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)

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

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

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. 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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. 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.

    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

    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.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Graduate with specialist knowledge, transferable creative skills and real-world experience that prepares you for a diverse range of creative roles in areas such as:

    • entrepreneurship and management in the creative arts
    • design
    • video, sound and multimedia production
    • freelancing as a creator or artist
    • art production and curation
    • consulting.

    Your skills will be sought-after in museums and galleries, all levels of government, boutique art companies and design agencies. You can also explore opportunities in festivals, community events and curatorial projects typically funded by government and philanthropic entities.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    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

    Apply and extend specialist knowledge and 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 and design.

    Communication

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

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

    Digital literacy

    Draw on, analyse and assess digital technologies to produce, document, present and publish in the creative arts.

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate, interpret and synthesise complex ideas within creative arts drawing on discourse and practice.

    Problem solving

    Address theoretical and methodological challenges in the creation of work that is discursive and reflective and engages in creative decision-making processes within the relevant field.

    Self-management

    Develop systematic and episodic reflective approaches to creative work practices.

    Teamwork

    Apply advanced interpersonal and communication skills to participate effectively in the critical culture of production, completion and presentation of creative arts projects.

    Global citizenship

    Establish ethical approaches that interrogate the value of art and performance in diverse communities and cultures and transfer creative practice outcomes into real world contexts.

    Approved by Faculty Board November 2018