Courses & Units

Graduate Diploma of Fine Art and Design (Specialisation) F6G

Hobart

Introduction

This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee (domestic) Post 2008' as the fee type. International students please refer to International Services atwww.utas.edu.au/international

The Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design is a professionally oriented course that facilitates technical and conceptual development through studio practice. Specialisations include: Curatorial Studies, Drawing, E-Media, 3D Design, Painting, Photography Printmaking, Public Art and Sculpture. Those interested in Graphic Design are encouraged to consider the Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication.

The Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design is a two-semester full-time or equivalent half-time program.

Summary

Course Name Graduate Diploma of Fine Art and Design (Specialisation)
Course Abbreviation GDFAD(Spec)
Course Duration 1 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 3 Years
CRICOS code 067925A
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2

Objectives

The GDFAD aims to provide a high quality recognised qualification at postgraduate level in a professional practice-oriented coursework program. The course provides a flexibly structured program with the capability of cross-disciplinary, cross-faculty and cross-campus study which allows students, in conjunction with the School, to design a course which best serves their professional needs. Students complete a professional practice project or a series of such projects agreed upon in consultation with the Course Coordinator and Supervisor/s. This course allows a great deal of flexibility for students and involves a substantial amount of independent study.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design find employment in a variety of positions within the arts professions including individual studio practice, curatorial work, gallery administration, research and teaching, as well as participating in individual and group-generated projects and studio practice.

Additional Information

The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the schedules to these specifications.

These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2011 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently and to any candidates who, having commenced their studies for the Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design prior to that date, and have not passed in any units towards that degree by that date.

The approved abbreviation for the degree of Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design shall be GDFAD.

[a] Note: Should any difficulty arise for a candidate previously enrolled because of any difference between course requirements and units offered under these specifications and those previously in force, the Faculty shall ensure that the candidate is not materially disadvantaged by these specifications.

Prerequisites

To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate the potential to undertake the GDFAD. Personal or telephone interviews may be required.

Successful applicants will be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in visual art or visual communications, or in a cognate discipline, with credit or above results in their final year of major.

A person who possesses such other qualifications and professional experience deemed by the Faculty to provide an adequate preparation for study equivalent to that provided for by an undergraduate degree, may be admitted to the course.

Supporting information is required with all applications as follows: 

  • A study proposal

Please follow the proposal guidelines outlined below.

Your initial proposal forms the basis of your project, to be discussed and reworked in consultation with your supervisor early in the program.

  • A digital portfolio
  • Please provide up to 20 images of your recent work either as jpeg files no larger than 1MB each or send a web link to your visual work online.
  • Your curriculum vitae

Please focus on details of experience relevant to this application.

  • Educational qualifications

Please provide certified copies of your academic transcripts.

Your study proposal should be approximately 1,000words in length and include the following:

1).        A brief description of your project, outlining your intentions and proposed outcomes.

2).        An outline of the strategies you will employ in the development of your project.

In the case of studio-based projects, this should include the practical and / or technical steps required.

3).        A discussion of the significance of the project, explaining why this project is of interest to you in personal, social or artistic terms. Where relevant refer to previous projects that you have worked on.

4).        A summary of contextual references for your project. This may include other work in the field that is relevant to your project in terms of idea, theme, style, method or technique.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Credit may be given, at the discretion of the Faculty, for achievements by students in other awards and professional practice areas at equivalent level.

Students who have passed appropriate units towards the Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design, may be eligible to apply for entry into the Master of Fine Art and Design with full credit.

The Graduate Diploma of Fine Art and Design can be used as an exit point for students who are unable to continue with study in the Master of Fine Art and Design, and who have completed the equivalent number of units to complete the GDFAD award.

The Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design is intended either as an opportunity to develop an extended professional project, or as a possible pathway into the Master of Fine Art and Design.

Students undertake either full time (two semesters, 50% unit load in each semester) or part time (4 semesters, 25% load in each semester) study.

Students are permitted to undertake 4 x 12.5% weight electives from the attached schedule, as approved by the Course Coordinator.

The GDFAD course has as its main emphasis a professional practice application of project-based studio work, the content of which is structured by candidates in consultation with their Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator and Supervisor/s, in the form of a negotiated study contract and approved by the School. Typically it would be configured as an overall project, with the final outcome a professional portfolio of work.

Course Structure

Schedule

  • Students choose 100 points of the following units
  • FSA779Professional Practices 1ADetails

    Professional Practices aims to facilitate students' creative capacity and skills development to enable them to produce professional art, design, theoretical or curatorial work through the development and realisation of one or more self-directed projects. Projects are supervised by academic staff…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA779 Professional Practices 1A

  • FSA781Professional Practices 1BDetails

    Professional Practices aims to facilitate students' creative capacity and skills development to enable them to produce professional art, design, theoretical or curatorial work through the development and realisation of one or more self-directed projects. Projects are supervised by academic staff…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA781 Professional Practices 1B

  • FSA782Professional Practices 2ADetails

    Consists of a self-directed professional practice project or series of projects extending those undertaken in Professional Practices 1, and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and the coursework postgraduate coordinator. Projects are supervised by academic staff from one…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA782 Professional Practices 2A

  • FSA783Professional Practices 2BDetails

    Consists of a self-directed professional practice project or series of projects extending those undertaken in Professional Practices 1, and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and the coursework postgraduate coordinator. Projects are supervised by academic staff from one…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA783 Professional Practices 2B

  • FSA708Professional Placement ADetails

    Consists of a professional placement in a Graphic Design, Multi-media Design, Digital Design or arts related business or enterprise that results in a project or projects complemented with appropriate documentation. The proposed professional placement and the projects are agreed upon…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA708 Professional Placement A

  • FSA709Professional Placement BDetails

    Consists of a professional placement in a Graphic Design, Multi-media Design, Digital Design or arts related business or enterprise that results in a project or projects complemented with appropriate documentation. The proposed professional placement and the projects are agreed upon…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA709 Professional Placement B

  • Students may choose up to 25 points from the list below, or advanced level undergraduate units from the BFA schedule, with approval of the Course Coordinator
  • FSA411Studio Project DesignDetails

    In this unit you will develop a visual diary or journal and a proposal and work-plan for the pursuit of a line of speculative, self-directed work in the field of contemporary art or design which will be pursued in the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA411 Studio Project Design

  • FSA413Defining the FieldDetails

    The aim of the unit is to enable you to acquaint yourself with current theoretical writings relating to your field of investigation and to identify the key visual arts practitioners and works of art and/or design that are relevant to…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA413 Defining the Field

  • FSA710Postgraduate Complementary Project ADetails

    The Postgraduate Complementary Project provides students with the opportunity to undertake investigative study in a specialised area that complements their study program. Students can choose a topic for special investigation that may be either practical or curatorial in nature. Complementary…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA710 Postgraduate Complementary Project A

  • FSA711Postgraduate Complementary Project BDetails

    The Postgraduate Complementary Project provides students with the opportunity to undertake investigative study in a specialised area that complements their study program. Students can choose a topic for special investigation that may be either practical or curatorial in nature. Complementary…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA711 Postgraduate Complementary Project B

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


Entry

1

[i] In these Specifications 'Faculty'- means the Faculty of Arts.

[ii] The Faculty may accept as a candidate for the award of Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design any of the following:

(a) an applicant who has qualified for admission to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or in an equivalent cognate discipline in the University of Tasmania;
(b) an applicant who holds a degree of another university or tertiary institution approved by the Faculty for this purpose, and who is deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent to a candidate in paragraph (a);
(c) an applicant who has completed the Graduate Certificate in Fine Art and Design
(d)a person who possesses such other qualifications and professional experience deemed by the Faculty to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily.

2 . Candidates for the award shall complete the requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than two semesters of full-time study and not more than two years, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

3. To qualify for the award, the candidate shall successfully complete units totalling 100%, taken from the accompanying Schedule.

4. The units which may be included in a course for the award shall, unless otherwise approved by the dean, be in accordance with the Schedule of Units accompanying these specifications.

5. Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Arts and as summarised in the Schedule of Units accompanying these specifications.

6. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.

7. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Credit for previous studies

8. Passes in subjects or units by candidates towards incomplete honours or postgraduate coursework studies in another course (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate shall be required to do to qualify for the award.

Miscellaneous

9. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

10. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2011 and shall apply to all candidates for the award, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently. Students currently enrolled in the GDFAD will complete under the Specifications in force at the time of their first enrolment or transfer to the new award providing that the Faculty ensures that no student shall be disadvantaged by the change.

11. The approved abbreviation for the award/degree of Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design shall be GDFAD.