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- Graduate Certificate in Arts
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 6 months full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Extend your skills and critical capacity in your chosen discipline area or add a new area of expertise to your repertoire.
Industry initiatives will enhance your experience and skills development.
Get the Curtin edge
Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.
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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).
The Graduate Certificate in Arts is ideal if you want to extend your skills and critical capacity in a specialist area, add a new area of expertise to your repertoire, or learn new skills if you are new to the arts and are looking for a career change.
The course is hands-on with a strong practical, industry and arts community focus, preparing you for a career in creative and professional practice.
You will be taught by industry and academic experts who can connect you to relevant industries and creative communities.
Curtin has extensive experience in the areas covered by this course, and you will have access to a range of purpose-built student facilities and creative outlets, such as Curtin’s Media Production Studio, painting and sculpture studios, the Centre for Culture and Technology, Grok magazine and the John Curtin Gallery.
Students may also enjoy access to audio-visual equipment loan facilities and Mac labs for screen arts production.
Specialise in one of the following areas:
- Creative Writing
- Fine Art
- Professional Writing and Publishing
- Screen Arts
- Social and Cultural Inquiry
If you complete the graduate certificate, you may be eligible to subsequently enrol in the Master of Arts degree.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How this course will make you industry ready
We provide on-campus industry and community-based initiatives to enhance your learning and skills development. You will undertake a major project under the supervision of an experienced member of staff. This project can become an important portfolio piece for many students.
You will practise your skills on placement with industry, arts and community organisations in Australia and overseas, developing your confidence and engagement with relevant networks. You may also have an opportunity to engage with award-winning artists, writers and researchers on staff through our on-campus residency programs.
- Arts administrator
- Audio, broadcasting or theatre technician
- Communications Specialist
- Digital content producer
- Film, theatre or television director
- Media liaison officer
- Multimedia developer
- Production manager
- Technical artist
- Visualisation specialist
- Creative industries
- Film and television
- Industries using media technologies
- Media and entertainment
- Not-for-profit sector
What you'll learn
- understand the chosen discipline from the Arts, its theoretical underpinnings, ways of thinking and professional or creative approaches; understand and apply established knowledge, principles and key disciplinary concepts.
- apply logical processes as well as rational or theoretical and methodological processes to analyse an issue or components of a subject through critical engagement.
- determine what information is needed by accessing and evaluating the sources, authority and relevance of information; summarize information from a range of sources, and make valid judgements about the information.
- communicate appropriately with colleagues, professional and creative contacts and the general public and develop communication skills or media practices to communicate specific ideas and requirements to different audiences in varying situations.
- assess the application of existing technologies or the impact of emerging technologies on a selected discipline; develop the technology skills necessary for obtaining, assessing and representing relevant information; decide on appropriate applications and systems for professional and/or creative needs.
- understand and apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; use disciplinary skills and knowledge to sustain intellectual curiosity in order to enhance learning strategies.
- think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives.
- acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national, and global perspectives and the impact of these on media and communication, show an understanding of a range of cultural knowledge, recognize individual human rights, and appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities.
- apply appropriate professional skills in the creation of professional and/or creative works or understand the importance of appropriate theories and methods for undertaking social research that is ethical and principled; work independently and in teams; understand professional and scholarly behaviour and model ethical behaviour to colleagues.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
International student indicative fees for 2020
Fee year: 2020
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Indicative essential incidental course fee||$620*|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$14,800*|
|Total indicative course fee||$14,800*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$14,800*|
Fees are indicative only.
*Based on a first-year full-time study load of credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
Semester 1 and Semester 2
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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.
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- Curtin course code: GC-ARTS
- CRICOS code: 098147D
- Last updated on: June 4, 2020