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Course Duration: Minimum
.5 yrs, Maximum
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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, Electronic Media, Photography and Environment. 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 program. Students may commence in either semester 1 or semester 2.
Admission & Prerequisites
To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate the potential to undertake the GCFAD. 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.
The following documentation is required of all candidates, regardless of prior experience.
Supporting information is required with
all applications as follows:
a folio of recent artwork (actual work or digital reproduction)
a project proposal for which the school is able to provide supervision This proposal should be in two parts:
Firstly give a brief background to your particular interests and ideas, focusing on your recent artwork. Secondly tell us what you propose doing, how you intend to do it, and why, in your preferred postgraduate coursework program. Give us a clear idea of what medium/media you intend to employ in the realisation of this project.
Your proposal should be not more than one A4 page. Your initial proposal forms the basis of your project, to be discussed and reworked in consultation with your supervisor early in the program.
your curriculum vitae (including education and employment experience)
certified copies of your educational qualifications (transcripts)
The GCFAD aims to provide a high quality recognised qualification at postgraduate level in a professional practice-oriented coursework program 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.
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 be eligible to apply for entry into 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 eligible to apply for entry into 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.
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 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.