Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

190107 v.3 Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts


Course CRICOS Code: 007852K
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


The course provides the opportunity to develop individual initiatives and creative capacities in any of the major studies offered within the Department of Art. It is designed to extend undergraduate program studies and to provide vocational and mid-career studio training. The course consists of individually negotiated studio programs, undertaken with a common core of theoretical studies, providing for the development of critical and research skills in specific areas of interest.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A bachelors degree or its equivalent in any of the related disciplines of visual arts. Applications are considered from candidates whose standing as visual arts practitioners or educators recommends them as being capable of undertaking and benefiting from postgraduate studio studies. All applicants are interviewed and required to submit a study proposal supported by a folio of work. The quality of the study proposal, the supporting evidence of skills, competence and creative capacities are factors in establishing entry. Applicants are advised to seek early consultation with the Postgraduate Coordinator before submitting a study proposal.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Exemption from some postgraduate diploma work may be granted on the basis of substantial relevant practice in visual arts, or passes in relevant graduate units.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study. A limited number of places are available each year in the course. While it is possible that all study areas may be available in any one year, the selection of applicant's is based upon an evaluation of the applicants study proposal, the capacity to bring it to a successful conclusion and the School's ability to support and supervise the work.

Course Organisation

The student, in consultation with an appointed staff supervisor, constructs a program based upon the submitted study proposal. The course consists of project units relating to the individual's studio program and associated theoretical studies.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

6301 v.7   Art Visual Arts Theory 501 3.0 25.0
6305 v.7   Art Visual Arts Project 591 6.0 75.0

Year 1 Semester 2

6322 v.7   Art Visual Arts Theory 502 3.0 25.0
6343 v.7   Art Visual Arts Project 592 6.0 75.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 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.

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