Graduate Certificate in Arts

Why study the Graduate Certificate in Arts at UNE?

The Graduate Certificate in Arts is designed to enable graduates who wish to expand on their undergraduate program or who wish to change the direction of their focus and pursue studies in an area of personal interest.

Students select a single major or area of study on which to focus their studies.

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Arts allows you to refine your professional skills in an existing field of study or to develop a new area of expertise. Examples of careers that can be assisted through a Graduate Certificate in Arts include positions in public and private sectors, such as management and administration, foreign affairs, education, business, film and theatre and human resources.

Employers often look for flexibility in their staff, expecting to retrain staff as work demands change. To meet this need, they tend to seek out people who are intellectually flexible, with analytical minds and good communication skills. Students in a Graduate Certificate in Arts are trained to acquire and process information, think independently, communicate their thoughts effectively and exercise initiative. These are skills that employers want.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 4 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation GradCertArts
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available Online (distance education).

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in a non-relevant discipline; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*.

Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to the following:

Please note - not all majors are available to all candidates. Majors highlighted with an ** are only available to candidates admitted under admission rule (b).

Ancient History: Archaeology; History; Philosophy; Religious Studies

Archaeology**: Ancient History; Classical Languages; History

Asian Studies**: Asian Languages; Political Science

Chinese Studies: Chinese language and cultural studies

English: Media and Communication Studies; Drama and Theatre Studies; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science; Studies in Human Society

Environmental Advocacy**: Earth and Environmental Sciences; Development Studies, Policy Studies; Political Science; Sociology; Studies in Human Societies

French Studies**: French language and cultural studies

Geography: Earth and Environmental Sciences; Studies in Human Societies

History: Archaeology; Heritage Studies; History; Indigenous Studies; Languages; Philosophy; Religious Studies

Indigenous Studies**: Archaeology; Curriculum and Education Studies; History; Policy Studies; Political Science

Indonesian Studies**: Indonesian language and culture studies

Italian Studies: Italian language and cultural studies

Linguistics: English; Languages; Education with a major in English literacy; LOTE or ESL

Media and Communications: Communication and Media Studies; Language and Literature; Performing Arts; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science and Policy Studies; Studies in Human Society

Peace Studies: Criminology; Law; Policy Studies; Political Science; Social Work

Philosophy: Religious Studies

Political and International Studies: Policy Studies; Political Science; Studies in Human Society

Regional Change Management**: Geography; Policy Studies; Political Science; Studies in Human Society

Sociology: Criminology; Geography; History; Linguistics; Peace Studies; Politics

Studies in Religion: Ancient History; History; Philosophy

Theatre and Performance: Theatre Studies; Theatre and Performance

Writing: Communication and Media Studies; History; Literature; Philosophy and Religion Studies; Policy Studies

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Advanced Standing, providing units passed have reasonable correspondence to units of coursework available toward the degree and were not part of the degree on which admission was based; or demonstrated relevant professional experience (maximum 6 credit points).

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based; or demonstrated relevant professional experience (maximum 6 credit points).

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Graduate Certificate in Arts in 2018.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in a non-relevant discipline; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to the following:

Please note: not all Majors are available to all candidates.

Major highligted with an ** are only available to candidates admited under admission rule (b).

Ancient History: Archaeology; History; Philosophy; Religious Studies
Archaeology**: Ancient History; Classical Languages; History
Asian Studies**: Asian Languages; Political Science
Chinese Studies: Chinese language and cultural studies
English: Media and Communication Studies; Drama and Theatre Studies; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science; Studies in Human Society
Environmental Advocacy**: Earth and Environmental Sciences; Development Studies; Policy Studies; Political Science; Sociology; Studies in Human Societies
French Studies**: French language and culture studies
Geography: Earth and Environmental Sciences; Studies in Human Societies
History: Archaeology; Heritage Studies; History; Indigenous Studies; Languages; Philosophy; Religious Studies
Indigenous Studies**: Archaeology; Curriculum and Education Studies; History; Policy Studies; Political Science
Indonesian Studies**: Indonesian language and culture studies
Italian Studies: Italian language and Cultural Studies
Linguistics: English; Languages; Education with a major in English literacy, LOTE or ESL
Media and Communications: Communication and Media Studies; Language and Literature; Performing Arts; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science and Policy Studies; Studies in Human Society
Peace Studies: Criminology; Law; Policy Studies; Political Science; Social Work
Philosophy: Religious Studies
Political and International Studies: Policy Studies; Political Science; Studies in Human Society
Regional Change Management**: Geography; Policy Studies; Political Science; Studies in Human Society
Sociology: Criminology; Geography; History; Linguistics; Peace Studies; Politics
Studies in Religion: Ancient History; History; Philosophy
Theatre and Performance: Theatre Studies; Theatre and Performance
Writing: Communication and Media Studies; History; Literature; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Policy Studies

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Advanced Standing, providing units passed have reasonable correspondence to units of coursework available toward the degree and were not part of the degree on which admission was based; or demonstrated relevant professional experience (maximum 6 credit points).

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based; or demonstrated relevant professional experience (maximum 6 credit points).

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), the period of candidature shall be up to four years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (b), the period of candidature shall be up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Where a candidate has been granted advanced standing towards the Graduate Certificate, the University may reduce proportionately the period of candidature.

Course Requirements

1. To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above.

2. Candidates admitted under Rule (a):
(i) may complete a maximum of 12 credit points at 100-level;
(ii) may complete a maximum of 30 credit points at 200/300-level; and
(iii) must complete a minimum of 18 credit points at 400-level or above as identified in the program of study for each Major.

3. Candidates admitted under Rule (b):
(i) may complete a maximum of 6 credit points at 200/300-level; and
(ii) must complete a minimum of 18 credit points at 400-level or above as identified in the program of study for each Major.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
One Major/Area of Study 48 cps
Total 48 cps

Majors/Areas of Study - Rule (a)

Ancient History
Chinese Studies
Classical Languages
English
Geography
History
Italian Studies
Linguistics
Media and Communications
Peace Studies
Philosophy
Political and International Studies
Sociology
Studies in Religion
Theatre and Performance
Writing

For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 24 cps
One Major/Area of Study 24 cps
Total 48 cps

Majors/Areas of Study - Rule (b)

Ancient History
Archaeology
Asian Studies
Chinese Studies
English
Environmental Advocacy
French Studies
Geography
History
Indigenous Studies
Indonesian Studies
Italian Studies
Linguistics
Media and Communications
Peace Studies
Philosophy
Political and International Studies
Regional Change Management
Sociology
Studies in Religion
Theatre and Performance
Writing

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Arts.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Graduate Certificate in Arts provides students with a range of disciplinary studies.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate specialised knowledge of an area of study;
  2. demonstrate advanced comprehension of theories, methodology and factual content in their area of study;
  3. research, analyse, critically evaluate, synthesise knowledge, solve problems and communicate ideas in their area of study;
  4. act as informed and critically discriminating participants within a community of scholars; and
  5. communicate effectively and, in the case of those students undertaking language studies, read, write and speak another language with fluency and appreciate its cultural context.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will be able to demonstrate a body of knowledge relevant to their areas of study and a firm grasp of the principles, practices and boundaries of their discipline. They will also know how the disciplines in their area of study have developed both nationally and internationally over time. This knowledge will be taught in lectures, unit materials and online activities and will be assessed throughout the course through a range of different activities.

Communication Skills

Graduates will demonstrate a high standard of oral, visual and written communication skills relevant to their area of study, including, where applicable, the possession of these skills in languages other than English. These skills will be taught and practised in lectures, tutorials and online activities. Graduates will recognise the importance of continuing to develop their oral, visual and written communication skills, and to be able to use appropriate communication technologies.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have advanced skills to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources throughout their course and will be taught how to integrate relevant theory and literature into their own analysis in the assessment tasks.

Information Literacy

Graduates will have the skills to recognise relevant information and to use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, access and use information. Through assessment tasks, they will learn how to critically evaluate the sources, values and validity of information, and to use information in critical and creative thinking.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will understand and be able to practise the highest standards of ethical behaviour associated with their discipline or profession. They will understand and be open-minded about social, cultural and linguistic diversity in Australia and the world, and appreciate their ethical responsibilities towards colleagues, research subjects, the wider community and the environment.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have developed intellectual capacity and critical thinking skills. This will be taught in lectures, unit materials and online activities. Through the completion of assessment tasks, graduates will develop the necessary lifelong skills to be able to research, write about and discuss a range of issues. These skills are transferable and essential lifelong skills.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will develop skills in independent study and show developed collaboration and group participation skills which will be developed through on-campus and online interactive teaching. Graduates will learn the importance of participating in discussions in a professional, respectful and ethical manner.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available Online (distance education).

For more information, click here

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