Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts

Postgraduate coursework

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

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)

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Study a Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts and develop your knowledge and skills in relation to your creative practice. 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 creative arts. 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.

The Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts is available in any of the disciplines of the Creative Arts: Animation, Dance, Design, Drama, Photography, Visual Arts or Visual Communication Design. 

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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:

  • 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)

Core Units

  • Contemporary Debates in the Creative Arts
  • Transgressive Acts in Cinema, Art, Performance
  • Electives

    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:

  • 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 Diploma of Creative Arts
    Year

    2021 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 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

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

    Waterfront (Geelong) - Photography and Visual Arts

    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

    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

    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 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)

    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 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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.

    Entry pathways

    Why choose Deakin

    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 and design organizations (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.

    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

    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