Postgraduate Certificate in Arts

Course PC-ARTS (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 031945E
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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Office of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts


Course Overview:

Please note that PC-ARTS Postgraduate Certificate in Arts will no longer be accepting new applications as of the 1st January 2015, the program from 2015 will be offered as GCA-ARTS Advanced Graduate Certificate in Arts. Please refer to the correct handbook entry for program information for commencing students from 2015.

The Postgraduate Certificate allows students to undertake coursework subjects in a specialist field of study at an advanced level.

Learning Outcomes:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Arts:-

  • provides a program to develop an advanced level of methodological and theoretical approaches in one area of study
  • provides refinement of analytical and critical skills.
  • provides a strong foundation for the future, whether as a means of progressing to further postgraduate study, or improving the scope of employment options and professional advancement.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Total 50 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. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria –

  • an undergraduate degree with a major cognate to the specialisation with a grade average of H2B (70%) in the major, or equivalent


  • a Graduate Diploma in Arts in an area cognate to the specialisation with a grade average of H2B (70%) over the graduate diploma, or equivalent.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews or tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Application 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:

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

Graduate Attributes:

Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts should:

  • be able to demonstrate an advanced level of study specialist knowledge across one area of study.
  • have refined their analytical skills and research techniques;
  • have a strong foundation for the future progression to higher degree research in Arts at the Masters or PhD level;
  • have improved the scope of employment options and professional advancement.
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