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COURSE

Graduate Certificate in Arts

GC-ARTS

TAUGHT BY: School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

6months

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

100

About offering

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 pass on their insights and experience, and 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 FM 100.1, the Hayman Theatre, Curtin’s Media Production Studio, the Centre for Culture and Technology, Grok magazine, the John Curtin Gallery and the Western Independent online news platform.

Specialise in one of the following areas:

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.

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.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and dedicated media academics and professionals.
  • The course includes an extensive practical component that gives you an opportunity to network with industry professionals and graduate with a portfolio of work.
  • You will gain communication, research, analytical and critical skills useful in many careers and industries. Our graduates enjoy an excellent reputation as professionals and as creative practitioners.

Career information

Career opportunities

  • Artist
  • Arts administrator
  • Audio, broadcasting or theatre technician
  • Cinematographer
  • Communications Specialist
  • Copywriter
  • Craftsperson
  • Curator
  • Digital content producer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Film, theatre or television director
  • Journalist
  • Media liaison officer
  • Media presenter
  • Multimedia developer
  • Producer
  • Production manager
  • Publisher
  • Set, costume or lighting designer

Sociologist

Technical artist

User experience designer

Visualisation specialist

Visualisation technology developer

Writer.

Employment industries

  • Arts
  • Creative industries
  • Film and television
  • Government
  • Industries using media technologies
  • Media and entertainment
  • Not-for-profit sector
  • Publishing
  • Theatre.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

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:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

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.

$8,800*

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).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student fees for 2019

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $14,200*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $620 *

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent per annum. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying for an undergraduate degree with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma if you are applying for an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with other international qualifications

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  • Curtin course code: GC-ARTS
  • CRICOS code: 098147D
  • This offering was last updated on: January 20, 2019