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Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts and Design

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  • Objectives
    Artists and designers of the future need to be able to: work across disciplines, collaborate with artists and designers in other fields, be literate in new technologies, have a broad understanding of their place in the history of art and design practice, be conversant with current debates in cultural theory. The Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts and Design, Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts and Design and the Master of Visual Arts and Design are designed to enable students to further their knowledge and experience of the practices of visual arts or design disciplines. The courses provide opportunities for graduates wishing to extend their three-year undergraduate period of study in visual arts and design and are intended to cater for members of a wide range of professions in the visual arts and design disciplines, as well as for those motivated by personal interest in the academic study of visual arts and design. Two specialisations are available in either Design Studio in Graphic Design and Multimedia or Studio Practice in 2D/3D Object Design.
  • Entry requirements
    Prerequisites 1. three year Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design or equivalent; or 2. equivalent experience as a significant recognised practitioner with professional standing in an appropriate discipline.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts and Design
  • Course description
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    40 cp

    Minimum duration: 6 months full-time or equivalent part-time.

    Course available at: Sydney (Strathfield), NSW

    EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

    1. Requirements for Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate

    1.1 The award may be taken with a specialisation in either Design Studio in Graphic and Multi-Media Design, or Studio Practice in 2D/3D Object Design.

    1.2 To qualify for the award, a student must complete 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

       1. 20 cp from Core Units; and
       2. 20 cp from the student’s chosen Specialisation.

    Schedule of Unit Offerings


    Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ARTS500             10     Art and Design Seminar
    ARTS501             10     Marketing and Promotion for Art and Design
    ARTS502             10     Practices of Research in Art and Design
    ARTS503             10     Issues of Ethical Practice in Art and Design

    Specialisation Units

    Design Studio in Graphic and Multi-Media Design
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ARTS504             20     Design Studio in Graphics and Multi-Media 1

    Studio Practice in 2D/3D Object Design
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ARTS506             20     Studio Practice 1

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