Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced)

Course GDA-ARTS (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 023185G
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


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Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Course Overview:

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) allows you to undertake a minor research subject and coursework subjects in a specialist field of study at an advanced level. This course is equivalent to an Arts Honours program if the thesis component is taken. It serves as prerequisite entry to a Masters by Research or PhD for those who have not completed a four-year Arts (Honours) degree in the relevant area.

Learning Outcomes:

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced):

  • is an advanced level of study designed to allow students to specialise their knowledge across one area of study;
  • provides students with the scope to refine their analytical skills and research techniques;
  • provides the opportunity to specialise with strong foundation for the future progression to higher degree research in Arts at the Masters or PhD level;
  • improves the scope of employment options and professional advancement.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Total 100 points in one area of specialisation.

Refer to each specialisation for the requirements.

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.

Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

• an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%) or equivalent

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

• prior academic performance; and

• relevance of previous studies.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.

4. The minimum English language requirements for this course are Band 6.5

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:

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry into:

Graduate Attributes:

Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) graduates will acquire transferable generic skills in the following areas:

  • research
  • critical thinking and analysis
  • thinking in theoretical terms
  • thinking creatively
  • understanding of social, ethical and cultural context
  • communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically
  • written communication
  • public speaking
  • attention to detail
  • time management and planning
  • teamwork
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