English language requirements
IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
This course is 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent duration.
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waterfront (Geelong)
Current Deakin Students
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
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.Read More
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)
Other units that may be counted as electives are:
2021 course information
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)
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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
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
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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.
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.
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.
How to apply
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.
Why choose Deakin
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
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
|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
Address theoretical and methodological challenges in the creation of work that is discursive and reflective and engages in creative decision
Develop systematic and episodic reflective approaches to creative
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