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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) (GDA-ARTS)

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

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Award titleGraduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced)
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code023185G
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 8
Credit points100 credit points
Duration12 months full time or 24 months part time

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) allows you to undertake a minor research subject and coursework subjects in a specialist field of study at an advanced level. This course is equivalent to an Arts Honours program if the thesis component is taken. It serves as prerequisite entry to a Masters by Research or PhD for those who have not completed a four-year Arts (Honours) degree in the relevant area.

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 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 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

Course structure

Total 100 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. All compulsory and core subjects must be completed to be eligible to graduate from the program.

External Subject Rule

Student 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 100
Anthropology 100
Arabic Studies 100
Art History 100
Asian Studies 100
Australian Indigenous Studies 100
Chinese Studies 100
Classics 100
Creative Writing 100
Criminology 100
Cultural Studies 100
Development Studies 100
English and Theatre Studies 100
French Studies 100
Gender Studies 100
German Studies 100
History 100
History and Philosophy of Science 100
Indonesian Studies 100
Islamic Studies 100
Italian Studies 100
Japanese Studies 100
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics 100
Media and Communications 100
Philosophy 100
Politics and International Studies 100
Public Policy and Management 100
Screen Studies 100
Socio-Legal Studies 100
Sociology 100
Spanish and Latin American Studies 100

Further study

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

Last updated: 22 August 2019