Graduate Diploma in Arts

Description

The Graduate Diploma in Arts course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification and 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 Christian studies, higher education, visual arts, counselling studies, youth studies, missional communities studies and community development studies.

The course has a high level of flexibility allowing the student to complete a Christian Studies core and concentrate upon one specialised area. The Graduate Diploma in Arts course may allow entry to Eastern College Australia’s Master of Practical Theology and Master of Transformational Development (depending on study areas chosen and other entry requirements) 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 social cohesion support services, community strengthening services, tertiary education, church ministry, support services, parachurch and not-for-profit organisations and youth work.

Students may complete the required Christian Foundations units online or the whole Christian Foundations specialisation completely online. Students who are considering online study should refer to the College’s Am I Ready to Study Online?

Course Outcomes

  • Specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent set of electives 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 clearly communicate theoretical concepts, high-level knowledge and ideas in a variety of settings.
  • Specialised technical and creative skills in the chosen specialisation
  • Exercise high-level independent judgement in initiating, planning, implementing and evaluating a range of technical or management functions in the chosen 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 or
  • Successful completion of Eastern’s 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)
    • CF804 Faith, Reason and Justice (6 credit points)
    • One of:
      • CF801 Living in Christ
      • CF802 Foundations for Faith
      • CF803 Introduction to the Bible
      • EN803 Literature and Worldview
  • Specialisation (24 credit points) - one of:
    • Christian Foundations
    • Community Development Studies
    • Counselling Studies
    • Higher Education
    • Missional Communities
    • Visual Arts
    • Youth Work Studies
  • Electives (12 credit points)

Students may not import more than 24 credit points from other institutions.

Pathways

Exit Pathways

Students who have completed appropriate units may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Arts.

Articulation Agreements

There are no formal articulation agreements for this award

Pathways to Future Learning

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma specialising in Christian Foundations may continue to the Master of Practical Theology.

Students who need to demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level may continue to Master of Community Counselling

Other Protocols

1) Students who are accepted into Eastern College Australia’s Master of Practical Theology with a Graduate Certificate in Arts and successfully complete two twelve (12) credit point units of the Master of Practical Theology may exit the Master of Practical Theology with a Graduate Diploma in Arts.

Specialisations

Christian Foundations - Graduate Diploma Specialisation
Community Development Studies - Graduate Diploma Specialisation
Counselling Studies - Graduate Diploma Specialisation
Higher Education - Graduate Diploma Specialisation
Master of Practical Theology - Graduate Diploma Exit Pathway Specialisation
Missional Communities - Graduate Diploma Specialisation
Visual Arts - Graduate Diploma Specialisation
Youth Work Studies - Graduate Diploma Specialisation
Graduate Diploma Core Core

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
AR840 Arts and Creativity
AR841 Creative Practice Foundations: Drawing
AR842 Contemporary Drawing Practice
AR843 Creative Practice Foundations: Painting
AR845 Integrated Art Practice
AR846 Arts and Spirituality
CD820 Community Development and Social Change
CD821 Leading and Organising for Social Change
CD822 Art and Community Development
CD831 Social Inequality and Marginalisation
CF801 Living in Christ
CF802 Foundations for Faith
CF803 Introduction to the Bible
CF804 Faith, Reason and Justice
CN802 Common Counselling issues
CN810 Introduction to Counselling
CN811 Basic Counselling Skills
CN820 Personal Philosophy of Counselling Practice
ED821 Learning and Teaching in Twenty-first Century Higher Education
ED825 Contexts and Philosophy of Christian Education
ED844 Curriculum Design and Assessment
ED845 Learning as Community
EN803 Literature and Worldview
MC861 Building a Discipling Culture
MC862 Multiplying Missional Leaders
MC863 Leading Missional Communities
MC864 Leading Kingdom Movements
MN920.512 Frameworks for Effective Leadership
MN921.512 Organisational Culture: Systems and Change
MN930.512 The Missional Renewal of the Urban Church
MN950.512 Transformational Preaching
MN951.512 Christian Spirituality for the Professional
SS801 Introduction to Sociology
TH901.512 Theological Reflection Models and Methods
TH920.512 The Unwelcome Church: Ecclesiology for a Post-Christian Age
TH971.512 Life Balance for Professional Life and Ministry Endurance
YT801 Theories of Youth Work
YT802 Group Work and Program Design
YT841 Youth Work and the Youth Sector

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