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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) (GCA-ARTS)

Graduate Certificate (Advanced)Year: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Award titleGraduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced)
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code031945E
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 8
Credit points50 credit points
Duration6 months full time or 12 months part time

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) allows students to undertake coursework subjects in a specialist field of study at an advanced level.

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%) in appropriate subjects 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 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 English language requirements 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

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005) and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF127). For the purposes of considering requests for reasonable adjustments, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the overview, attributes, outcomes and skills of this entry. Further details about how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) should have:

  • an advanced level of methodological and theoretical approaches in one area of study;
  • refinement of analytical and critical skills; and
  • a strong foundation for the future, whether through progressing to further postgraduate study, or improved scope of employment options and professional advancement.

Generic skills

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) 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; and
  • have improved the scope of employment options and professional advancement.

Graduate attributes

Academic Distinction

  • Provides graduates with an advanced, in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline and skills in examining issues with multiple disciplinary perspectives.
  • Enhances creativity and reasoning skills
  • Facilitates application of knowledge, information and research skills to complex problems in a range of contexts
  • Leads to acquisition of effective oral and written communication skills
  • Embeds thought leadership and entrepreneurialism into curriculum structure

Active Citizenship

  • Integrates contemporary local, national and global issues into curriculum design
  • Enhances regional understanding
  • Promotes social, cultural and ideological diversity and focuses on skills necessary to their navigation
  • Embeds concepts of civic engagement and enhances leadership potential

Integrity and Self-Awareness

  • Promotes advanced self-direction and organisation
  • Enhances group-work capacities
  • Promotes self-awareness
  • Facilitates professional integrity
  • Embeds intellectual self-confidence

Course structure

Total 50 points in one area of specialisation.

Refer to each specialisation for the requirements.

Students are required to complete the program requirements/structure from the year that they commenced their program. Subjects completed must be listed in the specialisation offered in this program. All compulsory and core subjects must be completed to be eligible to graduate from the program.

External Subject Rule:

Students may undertake an external subject (not listed within the program structure) with the permission of the program and subject coordinator. All external subject requests must be for the elective subject requirement, not as a compulsory, core or capstone subject. The maximum external subjects allowed are as follows:

  • 200 point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (2 years): maximum 25 points.
  • 150 point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (1.5 years): maximum 12.5 points.
  • 100* point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (1 year): 12.5 points
  • 50*^ point program undertaken at University of Melbourne (0.5 years): 0 points.

* GC-ARTS, GD-ARTS, GCA-ARTS and GDA-ARTS students are not normally granted permission to undertake external subjects towards their degree.

^ Exception: Students admitted to 50 point programs may apply to take LING90002, Presenting Academic Discourse, as an external subject.

Please note that advanced standing contributes to a student’s remaining points undertaken at University of Melbourne, and may affect how many points the student can undertake outside the enrolled program.

For policies that govern this degree, see the Courses, Subjects, Awards and Programs Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Library. Students also should also refer to information in the Enrolment and Timetabling Policy.

Majors, minors & specialisations

Name Credit Points
Ancient World Studies 50
Art History 50
Principles of Cultural Materials Conservation 50
Cultural Studies 50
Development Studies 50
English and Theatre Studies 50
French 50
Gender Studies 50
German 50
History 50
History and Philosophy of Science 50
Italian 50
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics 50
Media and Communications 50
Philosophy 50
Politics and International Studies 50
Public Policy and Management 50
Screen Studies 50
Sociology 50

Further study

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) program may be eligible to undertake a graduate coursework program.

Last updated: 17 July 2019