Graduate Diploma of Arts

Information valid for students commencing in 2012.

Course Code





Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Graduate Diplomas.

Completion of a bachelor degree, from this or another university; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Science as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Graduate Diploma Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure

Program is determined in consultation with the Head of School, School of Arts and Social Sciences.

The prescribed course may consist of coursework alone, or coursework together with a minor thesis of a minimum value of six credit points.

Select 24CP of AN, AR, CN, CU, CY, EL, FR, HI, IA, JA, JN, PL, SS, SY, WC or WS level 5 subjects









Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A candidate who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the Diploma.

Other restrictions

Candidates who are granted advanced standing for the Graduate Certificate of Arts are required to surrender that award prior to taking out the Graduate Diploma.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of study, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Arts.

Course articulation

Candidates who complete the Graduate Diploma of Arts may apply for admission to the Master of Arts and, following surrender of the testamur for the Graduate Diploma of Arts, receive full advanced standing for subjects completed.