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2010 Graduate Certificate in Fine Art and Design (Specialisation)(F5D)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum .5 yrs, Maximum 2 yrs.
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The Graduate Certificate in Fine Art and Design is a professionally oriented course that facilitates technical and conceptual development through studio practice. Studio options include: Furniture Design, Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, E-Media and Photography, Public Art, Environment and Curatorial studies. Those interested in Graphic Design are encouraged to consider the Master of Visual Communication.

The Graduate Certificate in Fine Art and Design is a one-semester full-time or equivalent half-time or equivalent summer school/evening study/weekend study program. Students may commence in either semester 1 or semester 2.

Admission & Prerequisites

To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate during application and/or presentation of a folio, the potential to undertake the GCFAD. Personal or telephone interviews may be required.

Normally applicants should have a degree or degree-equivalent qualifications in Fine Art, Design, or in an accepted cognate discipline.

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.

Portfolios should be presented on DVD or electronically; images of art and design work should be fully detailed (including: name of artist/designer, year made, materials, dimensions and a brief contextual and description of the intention and exhibition/presentation of the piece). Applicants should include a curriculum vitae that details education, employment, exhibitions and marketing achievements, referees and other relevant information. Applicants should include a brief introduction to their reasons for seeking entry to the course, learning expectations and an outline of the art or design project/s that might be pursued through the course.

Course Objectives

The GCFAD 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, with the option of undertaking a research component in the final semester. This course allows a great deal of flexibility for students and involves a substantial amount of independent study.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate 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.

Articulation to/from Course

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 Certificate in Fine Art and Design, may apply to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design with full credit. Students who have passed appropriate units towards the Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design may apply to undertake the Master of Fine Art and Design with full credit.

Students who have passed appropriate units towards the Graduate Certificate in Fine Art and Design may be entitled to transfer to the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Visual Communication. Credit applications will be considered subject to the entry conditions and specialist requirements within the other courses.

Miscellaneous Information

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

These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 20010 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 Certificate in Fine Art and Design shall be GCFAD.

[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.

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