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What will I learn?

AC's Graduate Diploma in Arts is the next step in academic reflection and practice, designed for those who want to go deeper in their faith. Learning and being mentored by experts means you will be able to apply a body of knowledge from a range of electives in a range of contexts to undertake advanced professional or ministry positions.

This course is a nested award in the Master of Arts, meaning the GDA can be a destination course or exit point, thus allowing flexibility for students who may wish to start with a short postgraduate course before committing to a Master of Arts or for students who need to exit the Master of Arts earlier than intended.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The proposed course structure is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

2 compulsory core subjects (20 credit points)

6 elective subjects (60 credit points)

To qualify for award of the degree of Graduate Diploma in Arts a candidate shall complete at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge:

Demonstrated: advanced and integrated understanding of key issues and practices within the disciplines.

Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

analyze, synthesize and critically engage the theoretical knowledge in the relevant areas of study;

examine a complex problem or issue using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline;

analyze and synthesize ideas and theories from related disciplines;

communicate effectively complex ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;

identify and critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in the selected disciplinary fields.

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the selected disciplinary fields to develop appropriate solutions;

design, implement and evaluate broad conceptual frameworks in the selected disciplinary fields;

work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected of an expert in the selected disciplinary fields.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Arts will demonstrate an ability to apply a body of knowledge from a range of electives in a range of contexts to undertake advanced professional or ministry positions. This includes, for example:

  • pastoral roles
  • leadership roles
  • not-for-profit employment
  • Higher Education sector employment.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Theology

CRICOS

084484B

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$22,320.00 (12,14,363) per year
ANL, BIB, CCM, EXP, HIS, MIN, RES, SSC, SSE, THE subjects: AUD $2,790 per subject; BUS, COM, EDU, LEA subjects: AUD $3,420 per subject; Indicative Total Course (8 subjects): AUD $22,320; Application Fee: AUD $100
Start date

8 August 2022

Venue

AC Melbourne Campus

Level 4, 350 Queen St,

MELBOURNE,

Victoria,

3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$22,320.00 (12,14,363) per year
ANL, BIB, CCM, EXP, HIS, MIN, RES, SSC, SSE, THE subjects: AUD $2,790 per subject; BUS, COM, EDU, LEA subjects: AUD $3,420 per subject; Indicative Total Course (8 subjects): AUD $22,320; Application Fee: AUD $100
Start date

8 August 2022

Venue

AC Brisbane Campus

48 O'Keefe Street,

WOOLLOONGABBA,

Queensland,

4102, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education: Completion of at least an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification). Applicants with Recent Secondary Education are not eligible for direct entry into this course. For Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training Qualification: Completion of at least an AQF Level 7 Bachelor’s degree in education, or equivalent, or completion of a Level 8 or above equivalent postgraduate qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification are not eligible for this course. Applicants with a Higher Education Qualification: Completion of an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification). OR Completion of an Australian Level 8+ postgraduate qualification awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification). A completed Australian Level 8 Postgraduate Certificate requires a credit average overall. Applicants with Work and Life Experience: This course requires the completion of at least an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification). Applicants with Work and Life Experience may be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Leadership as a pathway course. International Students will be required to show proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall, reading 6.5; writing 6.5; speaking 6.5; listening 6.5 (or equivalent).

For international students

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorized institution. Applicants with recent high school education only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorized institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelor’s degree (or higher) by an authorized institution for admission into this course.

Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skills areas).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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