Diploma in Arts

1. About Diploma in Arts


The Diploma in Arts is a 1 year fulltime course. Whilst the diploma provides the possibility for some specialisation it does not provide sufficient skill, knowledge or understanding as would be gained by the more rigorous development in the Associate Degree and Degree.

Diploma students will obtain an introduction to the basics of Christian Studies. The course provides opportunity for some specialisation and the student is able to pursue individual areas of interest. Diploma in Arts graduates will obtain foundational knowledge, understanding and skills and the ability to apply these to various contexts.

The Diploma in Arts can comprise the first year of a Bachelor of Arts and also an exit point from the Bachelor of Arts.

Diploma in Arts graduates will be equipped to enter paraprofessional work in a range of contexts including supportive roles in churches, para‐church and missionary agencies and some community development settings.

Course Outcomes

  • Knowledge of, and ability to describe, theories associated with a chosen field of work and learning
  • Knowledge of the Christian tradition in one or more of its central and varied forms
  • In-depth knowledge of the chosen specialisation
  • Awareness of key themes, debates and methods of the chosen field of specialisation
  • Ability to, identify, analyse, synthesise and act on the ideas and arguments of others
  • Communication, technical and cognitive skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements related to the field of specialisation
  • Skills to communicate knowledge, ideas and arguments to audiences using appropriately selected written, oral and visual means
  • Take initiative and personal responsibility for the completion of tasks and the organisation and evaluation of team contributions to specified tasks
  • Transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations

Delivery locations

  • Online (Partial)
  • Wantirna (Full)
This course is only available to domestic students (those not requiring a student visa).

Course Structure

The Diploma in Arts is composed of 8 subjects of 6 credit points each completed over 1 year full time equivalent (48 credit points in total).

Students undertaking this award are required to complete:

  • Core (12 credit points)
  • Specialisation in an area of study at “500” (Introductory level) or “600” (Intermediate Level) (18 credit points)
  • Electives at “500” (Introductory level) or “600” (Intermediate Level) (18 credit points).
  1. Students may not undertake any “700” (Advanced level) subjects.
  2. Students will study no more than 12 credit points from “600” (Intermediate Level) subjects.
  3. Students may study 48 credit points from “500” (Introductory level) subjects.
  4. Students must complete 18 credit points from an area of Specialisation (e.g. History, Dramatic Arts)
  5. Students may not import more than 24 credit points from other institutions.
  6. Students must not include more than 12 credit points in Practicum (PR) subjects in the Diploma.

2. Essential requirements for admission

English Language Requirement

An applicant for studies in this course will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if:

  • They were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification (secondary or tertiary) in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They were not born in one of the following countries but have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They have successfully completed a senior secondary qualification, a post secondary Diploma qualification of at least two years, an undergraduate program of three years or more, or a postgraduate program of two years or more FT or more, undertaken in a non-English speaking country provided the study:
    • was completed in an institution which is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, UK Naric Database or AEI NOOSR guides or an institution accredited through one of ICETE’s registered accrediting bodies and is confirmed by the institution as having been conducted and examined solely in the English language.
  • They have attained results as listed in one of the following qualifications:

    Test Minimum Results
    IELTS Academic 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
    TOEFL (Paper based) 550+ Test of Writing English 4
    TOEFL (Internet) 76+ Writing 18
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 57 No communicative score below 50
    Cambridge English Advanced 54 No less than Borderline in writing

3. Admission Criteria

A. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Other Admission Options

Students must have satisfactorily completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent.

ATAR [and selection rank] profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in 2018 (Full year)

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR (Excluding adjustment factors) Selection Rank (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offer < 5 < 5
Median rank to receive an offer < 5 < 5
Lowest rank to receive an offer < 5 < 5
  • “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category
  • N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants with completed Certificate IV studies or higher may be admitted to the course.

C. Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with completed or incomplete Higher Education studies may be admitted to the course.

D. Applicants with work and life experience

Mature Age entry is available for those who have reached the age of 21.

4. How to Apply

You can apply directly to the College via our online application form available at https://apply.eastern.edu.au

5. Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see https://www.eastern.edu.au/admissions/information or call the College on 9790 9200 and speak to the Registrar


Diploma in Arts Core Core

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
AR540.306 Arts and Creativity
AR546.306 Arts and Spirituality
AR641.306 Drawing 1
AR643.306 Painting 1
AR653.306 Dramatic Arts 1
AR655.306 Dramatic Arts and Communication 1
BB524.306 Introduction to the Bible
CD520.306 Community Development and Social Change
CD530.306 Sociology of Development
CD621.306 Leading and Organising for Social Change
CD622.306 Art and Community Development
CD631.306 Social Inequality and Marginalisation
CN510.306 Introduction to Counselling
CN522.306 Counselling Theory and Practice 1
CN611.306 Counselling Skills
CN622.306 Counselling Theory and Practice 2
CN631.306 Ethical and Professional Practice for Counselling
CN642.306 Family Counselling
CN644.306 Counselling Applications 1
CN645.306 Counselling Applications 2
ED520.306 Developmental Learning and Pedagogies
ED521.306 Twenty-first Century Learning and Teaching
ED621.306 Ecology and Management of Learning Environments
ED622.306 Students with Additional Needs
ED623.306 Information Communications Technology and Design
HS502.306 Introduction to Christian History
HS570.306 The World We Live In: World History Since 1945
HS631.306 Reformation Church History
HS632.306 History of the World Christian Movement
HS635.306 Empires and Globalisation
HS636.306 Contact, Conflict and Reconciliation
HS637.306 Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries
LN504.306 Right Writing
LN521.312 Introduction to Language Learning and Linguistics
LN533.306 Literature, Philosophy and Civilisation
LN621.306 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
LN622.306 Introduction to Phonology
LN630.306 Introduction to Literacy
LN632.306 English Literature Survey 1
LN661.306 Language and Community in Australia
LN662.306 Write Creatively
MN557.306 Spiritual Development for Young Adults
MN621.306 Leadership 1
MT560.306 Basic Calculus
MT580.306 Statistics for Decision Making
MT610.306 Ordinary Differential Equations
MT640.306 Linear Algebra with Application
PH500.306 Varieties of Religious Experience
PH502.306 Thinking Belief
PH641.306 Encounters between Philosophy and Theology
PR560.306 Internship 1
PR570.306 Cross-Cultural Experience
PR660.306 Internship 2
PS511.306 Introduction to Psychology
PS623.306 Abnormal Psychology
PS626.306 Human Lifespan Development
PS651.306 Community Psychology
PS680.306 Research, Design and Statistics
TH507.306 Foundations for Faith
TH570.306 Living in Christ
TH604.306 Faith, Reason and Justice
TH671.306 Theology of Everyday Life
YT540.306 Culture and Sociology of Youth
YT541.306 Youth Work and the Youth Sector
YT602 Group Work and Program Design
YT620.306 Vulnerability and the Youth Experience
YT630.306 Youth and Spirituality

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