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Courses Handbook 2014

This handbook contains information for courses and units at Curtin in 2014.
Information for the previous year's courses and units is available at Courses Handbook 2013.

304347 v.5 Graduate Diploma in Creative Practice


Course CRICOS Code: 074658A
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year

Course Overview

Graduate diplomas prepare students to develop advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and further learning corresponding to AQF level 8 qualifications.

This course has been developed to enable students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than screen studies, creative writing or performance studies and who intend to study or pursue a career in one of these fields, to undertake a professional course with a high level of specialisation in both practical skills and critical understanding. It is designed to allow students to achieve the essential practical, critical and creative skills that enable progression into creative production industries or a related career. Streams within the course enable students to focus their studies into the areas of screen studies, creative writing, and performance studies .

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials. Students may incur a cost for personal Internet access.

Course Entry and Completion Details

Applicants are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at Applicants generally require a bachelor degree or graduate certificate.

Specifically, applicants require an undergraduate degree from a discipline other than film and television, creative writing or performance studies.

Credit for Recognised Learning

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at

Pathway to Further Study

Graduates may qualify for entry to some master degrees. For further details, see the University website

Course Organisation

Graduate diplomas contain a series of units which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may contain a range of majors/streams for students to choose from to pursue learning in a specialised area of study.

Duration and Availability

This course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Location and delivery Mode

Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2014 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2014 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 2
313338 v.2 *   Interdisciplinary Arts 501 4.0 25.0
313341 v.2 *   Research Methods 512 2.0 25.0
314271 v.1   Creative Project 501 6.0 50.0
Year 1
313950 v.2   Screen Production Stream 150.0
313948 v.1   Performance Studies Stream 150.0
313947 v.2   Creative Writing Stream 150.0

*    Students who choose Research Methods 512 must also complete Interdisciplinary Arts 501

Further Information

For more information about the course, please contact the Faculty of Humanities on telephone (08) 9266 3400, email, or visit our website:

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

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