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2012 Graduate Diploma of Fine Art and Design (Specialisation)(F6G)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 1 yrs, Maximum 3 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):


This course is offered on a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) basis to eligible domestic students. Student Contributions 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 'Student Contribution (HECS) Post 2009' as the fee type. International students please refer to International Services at

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, Electronic Media, Photography, Public Art, Environment and Curatorial studies. Those interested in Graphic Design are encouraged to consider the Graduate Diploma in 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 program. Students may enrol for semester 1 or semester 2 entry.

Admission & 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.

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)

Course 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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