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Units in second semester 2021 may be delivered online and in alternative formats whilst restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

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Arts

Graduate Certificate

GC-ARTS

Course
Graduate Certificate in Arts
Duration
6 months full-time
Credit
100
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

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:

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.

Why study

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. 

Career information

Career opportunities

  • Artist
  • Arts administrator
  • Audio, broadcasting or theatre technician
  • Cinematographer
  • Copywriter
  • Curator
  • Digital content producer
  • Film, theatre or television director
  • Media liaison officer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Producer
  • Production manager
  • Publisher
  • Sociologist
  • Technical artist
  • Visualisation specialist

Employment industries

  • Arts and creative industries
  • advertising and marketing
  • Film and television
  • Government
  • Media and entertainment
  • Not-for-profit sector
  • Publishing

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.

Admission criteria

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)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

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

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Domestic $9,800*

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).

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2021

Semester 2
  • On campus

2022

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

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.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: GC-ARTS
  • CRICOS code: 098147D
  • Last updated on: August 2, 2021