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- Graduate Certificate in Arts
This course is one semester full-time or equivalent part-time study.
- 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 in a creative discipline or add a new area of expertise to your repertoire.
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This foundation course is ideal if you want to extend your skills and critical capacity in a creative discipline, add a new area of expertise to your repertoire, or learn new skills in the arts if you’re looking for a career change.
This course is hands-on with a strong practical and theoretical focus, preparing you to apply your specialised skill set and knowledge in creative professional settings.
You will be taught by industry and academic experts who can connect you to relevant industries and creative communities. During your studies, you will put your skills to practise in our purpose-built facilities and creative outlets, such as the Media Production Studio, painting and sculpture studios and the student-run Grok magazine, and be inspired by the creative works of the John Curtin Gallery.
Choose your stream
You will specialise in one of the following areas:
- Creative Writing
- Fine Art
- Professional Writing and Publishing
- Screen Arts
- Social and Cultural Inquiry
If you successfully complete the graduate certificate, you will be eligible to enrol in the Master of Arts degree.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
The ability to think creatively and communicate ideas clearly is valued across diverse industries. This course will provide you with foundational knowledge, critical understanding, creative production and problem-solving skills, enabling you to pursue work in a specialised creative field, as well as broader creative or communications roles.
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
- Digital content producer
- Film, theatre or television director
- Media liaison officer
- Multimedia developer
- Production manager
- Technical artist
- Visualisation specialist
- Arts and creative industries
- advertising and marketing
- Film and television
- 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.
For admission to this course, you must have:
- a bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised institution
AND meet Curtin’s English language proficiency requirements.
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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
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
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2021
| Domestic |
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
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- Curtin course code: GC-ARTS
- CRICOS code: 098147D
- Last updated on: August 2, 2021