Graduate Diploma in Arts


The Graduate Diploma in Arts course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification and who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in the broad areas of the arts or theology, to pursue a different aspect of already existing knowledge to enhance their knowledge and skills. This graduate entry award allows a graduate to learn content and develop skills in areas including biblical and theological studies, the humanities, education studies, counselling, youth studies, psychology, ministry and mission studies. The course has a high level of flexibility allowing the student, along with a small Christian Studies core, to explore a variety of areas or to concentrate upon one area. The Graduate Diploma in Arts course could articulate into a Master of Arts, Master of Theology or Master of Ministry degree (depending on study areas chosen) where a student would be able to extend their studies at an advanced level through coursework or research. The Graduate Diploma in Arts may provide opportunities for the graduate in a number of vocations including church ministry, support services, parachurch organisations and youth work.

Course Outcomes

  • Advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent area of specialization in a new discipline or professional area
  • Ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise the ideas and arguments of others and solve complex problems
  • Critical thinking skills to evaluate and create complex concepts
  • Skills to communicate clearly, theoretical concepts, high-level knowledge and ideas in a variety of settings
  • Specialised technical and creative skills in an area of specialisation
  • Exercise high-level independent judgement in initiating, planning, implementing and evaluating a range of technical or management functions within the areas of specialisation
  • Work responsibly with accountability for personal and team productivity

Delivery locations

  • Online (Partial)
  • Wantirna (Full)

Admission Criteria

  • Meet the General Entry Requirements for all courses at Eastern College Australia
  • Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate degree, in any discipline from a recognised University or an institution recognised under Section 10 or Section 11 of the Tertiary Education Act 1993 or
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Arts
This course is only available to domestic students (those not requiring a student visa).

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 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
    TOEFL (Paper based) 575+ Test of Writing English 4
    TOEFL (Internet) 85+ Writing 21, Speaking 20, Reading 20, Listening 20
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 64 No communicative score below 58
    Cambridge English Advanced 62 No less than Borderline in writing

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Arts award is composed of 8 subjects of 6 credit points each (or 7 subjects of 6 credit points and 1 subject of 12 credit points) 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 (24 credit points)
  • Electives (12 credit points)

*students completing PR824.406 Counselling Field Education 1 and PR825.406 Counselling Field Education 2 are required to complete only one (1) Christian Foundations Core subject (6 credit points) and will be required to take 2 years to graduate.

  • Students completing PR824.406 Counselling Field Education 1 and PR825.406 Counselling Field Education 2 are required to complete only one (1) Christian Foundations Core subject (6 credit points), TH804.406 Faith, Reason and Justice
  • Students must complete at least 24 credit points of their Elective subjects in one area of specialisation (e.g. Ministry, Youth Studies, History)
  • No more than 12 credit points of Practicum (PR) in the Graduate Diploma in Arts
  • Students may not import more than 24 credit points from other institutions.


Applied Linguisitcs Specialisation Specialisation
Biblical Studies Specialisation Specialisation
Community Development Specialisation Specialisation
Counseling Specialisation Specialisation
Dramatic Arts Specialisation Specialisation
Education Studies Specialisation Specialisation
English Specialisation Specialisation
History Specialisation Specialisation
Mathematics Specialisation Specialisation
Ministry Specialisation Specialisation
Missional Communities Specialisation Specialisation
Psychology Specialisation Specialisation
Theology Specialisation Specialisation
Visual Arts Specialisation Specialisation
Youth Studies Specialisation Specialisation
Mission Studies Minor
Christian Foundations Core - Graduate Core

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
AR840.406 Arts and Creativity
AR841.406 Drawing 1
AR843.406 Painting 1
AR846.406 Arts and Spirituality
AR853.406 Dramatic Arts 1
AR855.406 Dramatic Arts and Communication 1
BB802.406 Old Testament Introduction
BB803.406 New Testament Introduction
BB824.406 Introduction to the Bible
BB841.406 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English)
BB84X.406 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English)
BB852.406 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB854.406 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB856.406 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English): 2 Corinthians
BB85X.406 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB880.406 Introduction to Biblical Languages
BB885.406 New Testament Greek 1
BB886.406 New Testament Greek 2
BB891.406 Issues in Biblical Studies
BB892.406 Directed Study in Biblical Studies
CD820.406 Community Development and Social Change
CD821.406 Leading and Organising for Social Change
CD822.406 Art and Community Development
CD830.406 Sociology of Development
CD831.406 Social Inequality and Marginalisation
CD892.406 Directed Study in Community Development
CN810.406 Introduction to Counselling
CN819.406 Counselling Theories and Interventions
CN831.406 Ethical and Professional Practice for Counselling
CN841.406 Couples Counselling
CN842.406 Family Counselling
ED821.406 Learning and Teaching in Twenty-first Century Higher Education
ED825.406 Contexts and Philosophy of Christian Education
ED844.406 Curriculum Design and Assessment
ED845.406 Learning as Community
HS802.406 Introduction to Christian History
HS831.406 Reformation Church History
HS832.406 History of the World Christian Movement
HS835.406 Empires and Globalisation
HS836.406 Contact, Conflict and Reconciliation
HS837.406 Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries
HS870.406 The World We Live In: World History Since 1945
LN803.406 Structure of Languages
LN804.406 Right Writing
LN821.406 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
LN822.406 Introduction to Phonology
LN830.406 Introduction to Literacy
LN832.406 English Literature Survey 1
LN833.406 Literature, Philosophy and Civilisation
LN861.406 Language and Community in Australia
LN862.406 Write Creatively
LN863.406 Literacy Education in Minority Contexts
LN864.406 Field Methods for Applied Linguistics
LN865.406 Developing Literacy Materials for Minority Languages
LN871.406 Translation and Semantics
LN873.406 Discourse, Pragmatics and Training
LN874.406 Community Orthography, Planning and Training
LN891.406 Issues in Applied Linguistics
LN892.406 Directed Study in Applied Linguistics
MN821.406 Leadership 1
MN823.406 Church Health and Development
MN824.406 Developing Women Leaders
MN831.406 Pastoral Care
MN832.406 Children's Ministry
MN833.406 Chaplaincy in Educational Settings
MN834.406 Chaplaincy Skills
MN834.406 Chaplaincy Skills
MN838.406 Congregational Worship and Spirituality
MN846.406 Youth Ministry
MN851.406 Strategic Communication
MN861.406 Building a Discipling Culture
MN862.406 Multiplying Missional Leaders
MN863.406 Leading Missional Communities
MN864.406 Leading Kingdom Movements
MN891.406 Issues in Ministry
MN892.406 Directed Study in Ministry
MS811.406 Cultural Anthropology
MS821.406 Biblical Theology of Mission
MS833.406 Issues of Poverty and Justice
MS837.406 Intercultural Life, Work and Field Education
MS891.406 Issues in Mission Studies
MS892.406 Directed Study in Mission Studies
MT810.406 Ordinary Differential Equations
MT840.406 Linear Algebra with Application
MT860.406 Basic Calculus
MT880.406 Statistics for Decision Making
PH800.406 Varieties of Religious Experience
PH802.406 Thinking Belief
PH841.406 Encounters between Philosophy and Theology
PR824.406 Counselling Field Education 1
PR825.406 Counselling Field Education 2
PR852.406 Graduate Ministry Internship 1
PR853.406 Graduate Ministry Internship 2
PR880.406 Youth Work Field Education 1
PS811.406 Introduction to Psychology
PS823.406 Abnormal Psychology
PS826.406 Human Lifespan Development
PS851.406 Community Psychology
PS880.406 Research, Design and Statistics
RP890.412 Major Research Project
TH804.406 Faith, Reason and Justice
TH807.406 Foundations for Faith
TH821.406 Christology
TH822.406 Life and Ministry in the Spirit
TH852.406 Theology of the Trinity
TH870.406 Living in Christ
TH871.406 Theology of Everyday Life
TH891.406 Issues in Theological Studies
TH892.406 Directed Study in Theological Studies
YT820.406 Vulnerability and the Youth Experience
YT830.406 Youth and Spirituality
YT840.406 Culture and Sociology of Youth
YT841.406 Youth Work and the Youth Sector
YT842.406 Practices of Youth Work

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