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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) (GDA-ARTS) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

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

  • have undertaken an advanced level of study designed to allow students to specialise their knowledge across one area of study;
  • be able to demonstrate refinement of their analytical skills and research techniques;
  • be provided with the opportunity to specialise with strong foundation for the future progression to higher degree research in Arts at the Masters or PhD level; and
  • have improved their scope for future employment options and professional advancement.

Generic skills

Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) graduates should acquire transferable 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; and
  • teamwork.

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