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Design and Art

Graduate Certificate

GC-DESART

Course
Graduate Certificate in Design and Art
Duration
6 months full-time
Credit
100

Outline

Gain a broad understanding of design and art practice, while also gaining new knowledge in your chosen discipline.

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

The Graduate Certificate in Design and Art provides a sound introduction to graduate studies and allows you to pursue independent projects under the guidance of experienced staff. This course is flexible and can be tailored to suit individual interests and career objectives. It allows you to develop creative and professional skills through studies in contemporary design and art practice, and covers a wide variety of specialisations.

You can choose to focus your studies on one of the following specialisations:

  • Animation and game design
  • Creative advertising or graphic design
  • Design and art theory
  • Digital design
  • Fashion
  • Fine art
  • Photography or illustration design.

This course is suited to applicants with knowledge and expertise from other disciplines as well as those with formal qualifications in art or design. Through a combination of coursework, project-based units, and professional placements you'll learn the skills and knowledge required to produce contemporary design and art solutions.

Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, you may then subsequently enrol in the master degree.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • You will be given the opportunity to refine your specialisation by collaborating with students in disciplines such as art, film & TV, multimedia, Internet studies and interior architecture.
  • The quality of practical industry skills you will gain are recognised by professional associations such as the Design Institute of Australia.
  • You will be encouraged to present your work through participation in industry-based competitions and events.

Professional recognition

Graduates are recognised by professional associations such as the National Association for the Arts (NAVA) and the Design Institute of Australia. Graduates are also eligible for membership in the following organisations:

Career information

Graduates of design and art generally find employment within all avenues of design, including design studios, advertising agencies, public relations and marketing organisations. Your research project can aid further in niche specialisation and self employment.

Career opportunities

  • Art director
  • Art writer
  • Creative strategist
  • Curator
  • Fashion professional
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia designer
  • Photographer.

Potential employers

  • Advertising agencies
  • Design studios
  • Fashion studios
  • Government
  • Marketing organisations
  • Media organisations
  • Not-for-profit organisations.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and responsibility in complex and unpredictable contexts that require self directed work and learning.
  • apply cognitive skills using intellectual independence to think critically, creatively and to reflect on professional theory and practice
  • locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant and reliable information sources related to Design and Art
  • communicate textually, visually and verbally in a way that is appropriate to creative practice and target audiences
  • use appropriate technologies that demonstrate the application of comprehensive technical methodologies
  • demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills by taking full responsibility for professional and scholarly outputs in all aspects of the work
  • think globally and consider issues from a range of perspectives, know and apply when appropriate, international standards and practices within Design and Art disciplines
  • respect individual human rights; recognise the importance and benefits of cultural diversity to Design and Art practice, particularly the perspective of Indigenous Australians; value diversity of language
  • apply professional standards; work independently and collaboratively; demonstrate authoritative judgement, responsibility and ethical action as a leading practitioner in the disciplines

Admission criteria

A bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution or a minimum of five years vocational or professional experience in a design or art related discipline.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio. If this is required, you will be notified by the University.

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.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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

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  • Curtin course code: GC-DESART
  • CRICOS code: 037343E
  • Last updated on: November 27, 2021