AC's Graduate Diploma in Arts is the next step in academic reflection and practice, designed for those who want to go deeper in their faith. Learning and being mentored by experts means you will be able to apply a body of knowledge from a range of electives in a range of contexts to undertake advanced professional or ministry positions.
This course is a nested award in the Master of Arts, meaning the GDA can be a destination course or exit point, thus allowing flexibility for students who may wish to start with a short postgraduate course before committing to a Master of Arts or for students who need to exit the Master of Arts earlier than intended.
The proposed course structure is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:
- 2 compulsory core subjects (20 credit points)
- 6 elective subjects (60 credit points)
To qualify for award of the degree of Graduate Diploma in Arts a candidate shall complete at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.
For more information see the Student Handbook.
Core / 2 Subjects (20 credit points)
Elective 6 subjects taken from accredited Level 8 and 9 subjects (400, 500 or 600 level) offered by the College.
Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)
This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with recent high school education only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study
This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of a Bachelor degree or higher (or equivalent) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants who have not completed formal higher education study are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 (with no score below 6.5 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.
Delivery Mode*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online Recorded
Locations**: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Online
Duration: 1 year full-time/up to 3 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2
* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face.
** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.
Fees & Timetable
A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.
For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.
Course Learning Outcomes
Demonstrated: advanced and integrated understanding of key issues and practices within the disciplines.
Demonstrated ability to:
- analyse, synthesise and critically engage the theoretical knowledge in the relevant areas of study;
- examine a complex problem or issue using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline;
- analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from related disciplines;
- communicate effectively complex ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;
- identify and critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in the selected disciplinary fields.
Application of Knowledge and Skills:
Demonstrated ability to:
- articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the selected disciplinary fields to develop appropriate solutions;
- design, implement and evaluate broad conceptual frameworks in the selected disciplinary fields;
- work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected of an expert in the selected disciplinary fields.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Arts will demonstrate an ability to apply a body of knowledge from a range of electives in a range of contexts to undertake advanced professional or ministry positions. This includes, for example:
- pastoral roles
- leadership roles
- not-for-profit employment
- Higher Education sector employment
“Stepping into AC to study opened up more opportunities than I could ever have imagined. My arts studies have laid a foundation for the rest of my life and was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
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