6 creative specialisations to choose from
Build practical experience in world-class creative studios
Graduate with an impressive portfolio of work
This course is 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent duration.
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waterfront (Geelong)*
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2023 close 25 June 2023
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Upskill for the creative career you’ve always wanted with the Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts. Collaborate on real-world creative projects to build your portfolio and customise your degree to match your personal and professional interests.
Ready to join a high-achieving group of like-minded creatives on the path to career progression?
The Graduate Diploma 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 core units of study, you’ll strengthen your creative repertoire with six 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.
Elective 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 might like to articulate into Deakin’s Master of Creative Arts.Read More
- Award granted
- Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts
2023 course information
- Deakin code
- CRICOS code?
- 083982C Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
- 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.
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:
- 2 core units: ACA710 and ACA712
- Choose 6 credit points of electives from the Master of Creative Arts, Master of Communication or Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Choose 6 credit points of electives from within the Master of Creative Arts, Master of Communication or Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)
Other units that may be counted as electives are:
ACF700 Writing with the Camera [No longer available for enrolment]
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Disciplines on offer
Burwood (Melbourne) - Animation & Motion Capture, Dance, Drama, Photography, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design
Waterfront (Geelong)* - Photography, Visual Communication Design and Visual Arts
Please Note: *This course will not be offered at Waterfront (Geelong) from Trimester 1 2023.
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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
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- a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
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- at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
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You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
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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
- video, sound and multimedia production
- freelancing as a creator or artist
- art production and curation
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 and design.|
|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.
|Draw on, analyse and assess digital technologies to produce, document, present and publish in the creative arts.|
|Evaluate, interpret and synthesise complex ideas within creative |
arts drawing on discourse and practice.
|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.|
|Develop systematic and episodic reflective approaches to creative work practices.|
|Advanced interpersonal and communication skills to participate effectively in the critical culture of production, completion and presentation of creative arts projects. |
|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