Diploma in Arts | Eastern College Australia

Diploma in Arts

1. About Diploma in Arts

The Diploma of Arts is a great way to explore study options, learn basic Christian Foundations and explore what the future holds for you. This course is a one year course where you complete eight units, learn to study and possibly take up an internship.


The Diploma in Arts is a 1-year fulltime course with the majority of course completed at AQF level 5. 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 in Arts students’ undertake a core of Christian Foundation units. The course provides the opportunity for some specialisation and the student is able to pursue individual areas of interest available through College offerings.

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, a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Applied Social Science. The Diploma of Arts is also an exit point from the College’s Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Applied Social Science. Students may complete the required Christian Foundations units online, other units or whole specialisations may be available online. Students who are considering online study should refer to the College’s Am I Ready to Study Online?

Diploma in Arts graduates will be equipped to enter paraprofessional work in a range of contexts including supportive roles in churches, non-government and para-church organisations, and some youth and community development settings or to continue to further studies.

Course Outcomes

  • Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues and members of the wider community
  • Demonstrate skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to communicate information, and produce papers informed by a Christian worldview
  • Demonstrate knowledge in one of the Arts disciplines.
  • Use analytical thinking and judgment in selecting information about society, culture and the arts for transmission
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues, and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and roles in the local, national or international community
  • Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to interpret and transmit solutions informed by a Christian worldview to sometimes complex problems in the Humanities, Social Sciences or the Creative Arts
  • Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability for personal actions and a continued commitment to learning in personal, employment, and scholarly contexts

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)
    • EN503 Literature and Worldview
    • One of:
      • CF501 Living in Christ
      • CF502 Foundations for Faith
      • CF503 Introduction to the Bible
  • 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).


Exit Pathways

There are no exit pathways from this award.

Articulation Arrangements

No formal articulation agreements have been entered into for this award.

Pathways to Further Learning

Successful completion of the award will allow students entry to the Bachelor of Applied Social Science, the Bachelor of Arts, or the Bachelor of Education.

Other Requirements

  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, Visual 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 Industry Engagement (IE) or 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 2019 (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 complete or incomplete vocational education and training (VET) studies may be admitted to the course.

C. Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with complete 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


Applied Linguistics - Diploma Specialisation
Christian Foundations Specialisation Specialisation
Counselling Studies - Diploma Specialisation
Education - Diploma Specialisation
English - Diploma Specialisation
History - Diploma Specialisation
Mathematics - Diploma Specialisation
Ministry Experience - Diploma Specialisation
Christian Foundations - Diploma Core

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
AR540 Arts and Creativity
AR546 Arts and Spirituality
AR641 Creative Practice Foundations: Drawing
AR643 Creative Practice Foundations: Painting
CD520 Community Development and Social Change
CD530 Applied Human Rights
CD610 Art and Social Action
CD622 Art and Community Development
CD631 Inequality and Marginalisation
CF501 Living in Christ
CF502 Foundations for Faith
CF503 Introduction to the Bible
CF604 Faith, Reason and Justice
CN510 Introduction to Counselling
CN520 Personal Philosophy of Counselling Practice
CN602 Common Counselling Issues
CN603 Strengths-based Collaborative Approaches to Counselling
CN605 Counselling for Addiction
CN611 Basic Counselling Skills
CN621 Counselling Skills and the Counselling Profession
ED520 Developmental Learning and Pedagogies
ED520.306 Developmental Learning and Pedagogies
ED521 Educational Decision Making
ED521.306 Twenty-first Century Learning and Teaching
ED621.306 Ecology and Management of Learning Environments
ED622.306 Students with Additional Needs
EN501 Academic Writing & Communication
EN503 Literature and Worldview
EN504 Right Writing
EN601 English Literature: 14th to 18th Century
EN602 English Literature: Blake to the Present
EN662 Write Creatively
HS501 Early Twentieth Century History: From Chronicling to Understanding
HS570 The World We Live In: World History Since 1945
HS602 Christian History in a Digital Age
HS636 Contact, Conflict and Reconciliation
HS637 Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries
IE501 Industry Engagement: Exploratory
IE601 Industry Engagement: Foundation
LN501 Introduction to Linguistics
LN502 Introduction to Literacy
LN503 Introduction to Phonology
LN504 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
LN505 Linguistic Field Methods
LN506 Language Program Management
LN507 Linguistics and Language Learning
LN508 Literacy and Multilingual Education
LN509 Literacy Materials
LN511 Principles and Practices of Translation
LN512 Scripture Engagement
LN513 Semantics and Discourse
LN514 Structure of Languages
LN515 Training for Transformational Development
MC661 Building a Discipling Culture
MC662 Multiplying Missional Leaders
MC663 Leading Missional Communities
MN621 Leadership 1
MN631 Pastoral Care
MN638 Congregational Worship and Spirituality
MN651 Strategic Communication
MT560 Basic Calculus
MT580 Statistics for Decision Making
MT610 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
MT640 Linear Algebra with Application
PR560 Internship 1
PR660 Internship 2
PS511 Introduction to Psychology
PS602 Human Development: Implications for Counselling
SS501 Introduction to Sociology
SS502 Indigenous Australia and the Nation
SS600 Innovative Social Action
SS601 Ethical and Professional Practice
YM501 Spirituality in Youth Ministry

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