Graduate Certificate in Arts

Course GC-ARTS (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Year and Campus: 2013 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 031944F
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


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The Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences


Course Overview:

A Graduate Certificate in Arts allows you to complete a comprehensive six-month course of study, choosing from more than 25 discipline areas. It is particularly useful if you are returning to tertiary study after time away from an academic environment.

  • Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values.
  • Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts.
  • Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Commit to continuous learning.
  • Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Total 50 points (4 x 12.5 subjects)

No Specialisation:

Subjects totalling 50 points chosen from any of the areas below. No more than one subject (12.50 points may be taken at first year)

With Specialisation:

Subjects totalling 50 points as outlined below.

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework. Students also should also refer to information in the Student Policy Directory.



Subject Options:

Students in this Graduate Diploma of Arts must choose subjects offered by the Faculty of Arts.

Entry Requirements:

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Admission process

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Further Study:

Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate may allow you to enrol in a Graduate Diploma, or Postgraduate Diploma or some Masters by Coursework programs.

Graduate Attributes:
  • Demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of selected areas of a specialisation or across discipline areas.
  • Access and appreciate national and international debates in their specialised areas of study or across discipline areas.
  • Qualify for further graduate study in related areas to the area of specialisation or in the case of qualified secondary teachers, subject to Government rules, be able to teach in the area of specialisation.

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