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THIS COURSE IS OFFERED ON A HECS-BASIS TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS. FOR ALL OTHER STUDENTS THIS COURSE IS OFFERED ON A FEE-PAYING BASIS ONLY.
The Graduate Diploma 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, EMedia
and Photography, Public Art, Environment and Curatorial studies. Those interested in Graphic Design are encouraged to consider the Master of Visual Communication.
The Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design is a two-semester full-time or equivalent half-time or equivalent summer school/evening study/weekend study program. Students may enrol for semester 1
or semester 2 entry.
Admission & Prerequisites
To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate during application and/or presentation of a folio (preferably submitted as a DVD or electronically), the potential to undertake the GDFAD. 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.
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, 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.
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.
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, Graduate Diploma and Master of Visual Communication, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma in Art, Design and Environment, and Master of Art, Design and Environment and Graduate Certificate and Master of Fine Art and Design will be entitled to transfer to the Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design with full equivalent 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 Diploma in Fine Art and Design will be entitled to transfer to the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Visual Communication, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma in Art, Design and Environment, and Master of Art, Design and Environment. Credit applications will be considered subject to the entry conditions and specialist requirements within the other courses.
Students who complete the research methods options within the Master of Fine Art and Design, Master of Visual Communication and Master of Art, Design and Environment may apply to undertake a Master of Fine Arts or PhD in Fine Arts.
The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the schedules to these specifications.
These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2009 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.