Graduate Diploma in Arts

Course GD-ARTS (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 023190K
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.


Please see each specialisation


Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Currently enrolled students:

Future students:

Course Overview:

The Graduate Diploma in Arts is similar to an undergraduate major and ideally suited as an introduction to a new discipline. This course is suitable for professional development, and also as a preparatory program if you intend to study at a higher level in an area you have not studied previously.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Arts should be able to:

  • 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; and
  • 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:

No Specialisation:

Subjects totalling 100 points chosen from any of the areas below, including:

  • Maximum of 12.5 points at first-year level
  • Minimum of 25 points of fourth-year level or above

With Specialisation:

Subjects from each area of specialisation totalling 100 points (see each specialisation for details).

Total 100 points

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework.




Entry Requirements:

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

  • an undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.

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

  • prior academic performance.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

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 to:

Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced)

Masters by Coursework

Graduate Attributes:

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Arts should be able to:

  • demonstrate in depth knowledge and understanding of selected areas of a specialisation or across discipline areas where no specialisation has been undertaken;
  • access and appreciate national and international debates in their specialised areas of study or across discipline areas;
  • qualify for further graduate study in the area of specialisation; and
  • qualify for employment in a wide range of occupations.

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