Diploma of Arts
Your pathway to teaching
Have you always wanted to teach but thought that the opportunity had passed you by? Perhaps teaching was something you never thought of but a change in life’s experience or a change in circumstances has put the desire on your heart.
Now there is a way to change the future and be equipped to teach!
The Diploma of Arts is an accredited pathway to the Bachelor of Education (Primary). Successful completion of the one year Diploma of Arts gives you the prerequisite tertiary experience to then enrol in the second year of the BEd (Primary) with the subjects taken for the Diploma of Arts credited towards the BEd (Primary).
At AC students are never a number. We are passionate about tailoring our learning and teaching to students’ individual needs, in small classes where each student is known and mentored by their subject’s lecturer. You can do subjects face-to-face at AC, or learn online or through blended learning, where students come on campus for an “Intensive” - a one week’s face-to-face seminar for each subject - and then complete the remainder of their study online.
Enrol today! It will change your future and you will be equipped to impact the lives of a generation of children.
Program Director, Diploma of Arts
The Diploma of Arts is an undergraduate award with core skills in postgraduate writing and research, as well as the AC core value of Christian Worldview. The course draws on the College’s established areas of expertise while including offerings in general subject areas that are of interest to the student, such as history and communication. Graduates of the Diploma of Arts will have specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning through undergraduate programs. They will demonstrate an ability to apply a body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake advanced professional or ministry positions.
Graduates of the Diploma of Arts may find employment in ministry or church-based organisations; not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations; business and professional organisations; as well as educational institutions that require skills in research and critical thinking. Additionally, graduates may progress further in the pathway toward Bachelor studies upon completion of the Diploma of Arts.
With lecturers who bring not only academic expertise but practical experience into the classroom,the AC Diploma of Arts will provide an educational experience of holistic formation which prepares students to change the world.
The course structure is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:
10 cp from Research
10 cp from Christian Studies
60 cp Electives
To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Arts a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points. For accreditation into the second year of the Bachelor of Education, satisfactory completion of the core subjects noted below is required.
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of 6.5, with a score of not less than 6.0 in any of the four skill areas, or equivalent;
Academic Entry Requirements
- Completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of no less than 65, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result, or equivalent.*
- Completion of a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.
- Mature Age (over 21 years old): Evidence of completion of other formal or informal studies, appropriate life experience, and a level of intellectual capacity and social maturity to engage in tertiary studies with commitment.**
- Special admission pathways are open for rural and remote applicants, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants with prior educational experience, community service, and perceived academic potential which would enable them to successfully undertake the course.
- Overseas students must also demonstrate an IELTS of 6.5, with a score of not less than 6.0 in any of the four levels, or equivalent.***
- Pre-service teachers must have the appropriate approvals for working with children before they may enter a classroom.
* Special admission is also available for Year 12 students, whose ATAR (or equivalent) falls within 5 points of the published cut-off and have done well in relevant subjects.
** Students applying as Mature Age (over 21 years) and/or Educational Disadvantage must successfully complete RES101 and one other 10 credit point subject to be eligible for full candidature.
*** IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken the full four years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Diploma or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.
Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.
Stephen Brinton (faculty profile)
Stephen studied for three years at theological college and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland prior to training as a primary teacher and then as a teacher-librarian. Initially teaching in public schools, he then worked in the Christian school sector for more than 20 years as a curriculum officer, principal, head of primary and teacher-librarian in a number of Christian schools. During this time Stephen wrote curriculum for schools including a Bible syllabus entitled: K-6 Bible Teaching Program and also units of work for HSIE and Science from a Christian perspective entitled: Discovering the Great South Land, Settling a New Land and God Created the Heavens.
Prior to joining the staff at Alphacrucis College, Stephen was an adjunct lecturer in Christian tertiary education. Currently he is doing a PhD at the University of Newcastle entitled "Transformational Education: A case study of three Christian schools", researching how three diverse Christian schools engage their students in understanding and applying the transformational teachings of the Bible to their lives.
Kylie Dragan (faculty profile)
Johnny Kumar (faculty profile)
Mrs Alison Lau (faculty profile)
Deborah Stengert (faculty profile)
Dr Jim Twelves (faculty profile)
As the Dean Education and Program Director, Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary) Jim is responsible for the leadership, development and oversight of this exciting new faculty that was pioneered by Dr Jennie Bickmore-Brand. Jim is currently responsible for EDU500 Professional Experience; EDU401 Foundations in Christian Learning and Teaching; EDU502 History and Geography; EDU522 The Self-Reflective Educator and RES502 Action Research. Prior to Jim’s emigration to Australia in 1995 he was Head of Geography in Aldenham School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom for nearly 20 years where his passion for learning and teaching were formed. Since arriving in Australia he has held Deputy and Principalship roles in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. As Director of Twelves Consulting, with a team, he developed national policy frameworks for Christian schools. Jim also returned to university as a mature student gaining a Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration, Masters of Education and a PhD from Melbourne University. His doctoral research; Putting them in the hands of God: A successful Australian Christian School was published as a book in 2013. Follow the link to read the full text.
Dr Yong-Sun Yang (faculty profile)
Yong-Sun Yang has an academic training in Mathematics, Economics, Philosophy, and Theology. He was born in South Korea and came to Australia in 1993 after 2 years of study in Japan. He lives in Sydney with his wife, Mi-Hea, three daughters, So-Ra, So-Ri, and Ha-Neul, and one son, Jeong-Hun.
Andrew Youd (faculty profile)
Andrew Youd is married to Nicola, and they both live with their dog in the north western suburbs of Sydney. Andrew graduated with a BTh through Southern Cross College in 2009. He has just recently finished his MaCS and will be graduating May 2014. Andrew is an active member of Hillsong Church, serving with his wife at the Macquarie extension service. Andrew works with Dr. Shane Clifton in the Faculty of Theology.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- CRS202 - History and Geography: Part A
Description: This subject explores the disciplines of History and Geography but with an emphasis on Geography with its study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, human activity and its affects on the environment and its affects on humans, including the distribution of populations and resources and political and economic activities. Unit detail page >>
- CRS203 - English: Part A
Description: This subject enables students to establish an introduction to contemporary theories and practices about language and literacy education with an emphasis on the teaching of reading and visual communication techniques. This subject provides 'real life' examples as a means of contextualising theories within the theory and practice of explicit teaching. Unit detail page >>
- CRS211 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Part A
Description: This subject provides an overview of key researchers in the field of child and adolescent development providing models of instruction and resources in the health and physical education arena. Unit detail page >>
- CRS212 - Science and Technology: Part A
Description: In this subject, pre-service teachers will explore what it means to work scientifically and consider the importance of science for the environment, communities and individuals. Pre-service teachers will also explore the potential cross cultural sensitivities and worldviews found in the cultural diversity of Australian classrooms. Unit detail page >>
- CRS214 - Mathematics: Part A
Description: The aim of this subject is to prepare pre-service teachers to effectively teach mathematics and numeracy in primary schools and provides an introduction to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment for teaching. The main focus is on the Pre-service teachers’ knowledge, experiences, skills and belief systems in mathematics learning and teaching. Unit detail page >>
- CRS221 - Creative Arts: Part A
Description: In this subject, pre-service teachers enhance their creative capacities and develop a knowledge base in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment for the K-6 Creative Arts syllabuses developed by BOSTES and ACARA, with a particular emphasis on K-3. Unit detail page >>
- EDU101 - Foundations in Christian Learning and Teaching
Description: This subject is the foundational subject for the whole course and is designed to be the first subject of the program. Pre-service teachers will begin to develop their own personal, dynamic philosophy concerning Christian education and their journey into the teaching profession. Unit detail page >>
- EDU124 - Australian Indigenous and Multicultural Education
Description: This introductory subject provides heightened understanding of the needs in diverse classrooms in order to enable students to reach their full potential in Australian Indigenous and multicultural settings and argues the case for pedagogies that engender a supportive learning environment towards Australian Indigenous and multicultural groups. Unit detail page >>
- EDU223 - Inclusive Education
Description: This subject critically analyses the developmental stages of childhood to adolescence as these relate to inclusive education. It provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers to understand their responsibilities to develop strategies to differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across a full range of abilities. Unit detail page >>
- EDU225 - Childhood and Adolescent Development
Description: Focusing on childhood and adolescence, this subject examines human development. Pre-service teachers will study the physical, cognitive, moral, emotional and social aspects of childhood and adolescent development, factors that influence development and implications for educational practice. The role of family and cultural child rearing practices, as well as the impact of social policy on these for schooling will be examined. Unit detail page >>
- EDU231 - Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting
Description: This subject provides pre-service teachers with an opportunity to understand the various discourses that inform teachers’ knowledge and pedagogical practice, as well as critically engaging with models of pedagogy. This includes the development of the scope and sequence, unit development, evaluation and assessment. Unit detail page >>
- RES101 - Introduction to Academic Writing and Research
Description: New to university studies & it all seems too hard? Worried about writing essay papers? Or where to begin researching? Or you feel confident in writing, but want to learn the skills of evaluating the masses of information we are bombarded with? This unit is for you! It will give you the tools of how to succeed in your undergraduate academic studies. It will examine how you learn, plus challenge you to think deeper, wider and more creatively. It will also encourage you in how to critically evaluate and reflect on information. Plus develop your skills in how to put it all together in an essay paper or oral presentation. Unit detail page >>
- THE101 - Christian Worldview
Description: Do you have questions about God that you have been unable to answer? Do you sometimes wonder whether Christian beliefs about things like the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus make any sense? This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore those beliefs that are foundational to Christianity. It argues that what we believe about God (our theology) has a practical impact upon our life and ethics and, therefore, provides an overview of Christian faith, and reflects on the ways in which this faith informs our everyday life and calling. The topics addressed range from the doctrine of God, creation and sin, to discussion on the person and work of Christ, and the nature of the coming kingdom of God. Unit detail page >>