The aim of the Diploma of Arts is to provide students with an opportunity to explore a humanities or social sciences discipline in some depth. Successful completion of the DipArts means gaining a recognised qualification. It also means guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Arts. DipArts students will explore disciplines that study the way humans recognise, record and debate human practices, meanings and values. This will aid them in developing contemporary understandings both of the human condition and of how society operates. Students will have the opportunity to gain crucial lifelong learning and transferable generic skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving. They will be able to apply these skills to a range of employment opportunities and life situations.
Advertising, arts administration, editing, government administration and planning, communications, copywriting, desk-top publishing, environmental planning and management, geography, history, journalism, librarianship, research, nature and heritage conservation, political research, psychology, teaching, welfare, writing (various), and many more.
|Duration||1 years full-time or 2 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||48|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||DipArts|
|AQF Level||Level 5: Diploma|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
|Rank Threshold||SR 60 | ATAR 60|
Domestic students - Prerequisites: English (4, SA);
International students - refer to the international student section
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Optional Residential School||Students studying the Community Practice or Psychology plans will be required to attend compulsory residential schools.|
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|- Dependent on courses selecting, students studying the Community Practice plan may be required to undertake compulsory Work Based Learning.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within a field of work and learning|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements|
|4. SKILLS Have specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer knowledge and specialised skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge|
|6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate application with depth in some areas of specialisation, in known or changing contexts|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement to organise the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within broad but generally well- defined parameters|
|10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|14. Course content drawn from higher education units|
|KNOWLEDGE Develop an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture in contemporary and historical context using the respectful and appropriate protocols and terminology|
|Number of units: 6||Total credit points: 36|
Note: Students should be aware of the following in relation to their course selection:-
If you require assistance with course selection, please contact your Program Advisor
Students enrolled in the Diploma of Arts are required to complete the following compulsory courses in their first full-time or equivalent year of study:-
|Number of units: 2||Total credit points: 12|
Students enrolled in the Diploma of Arts are required to complete the following elective courses in their first full-time or equivalent year of study:-
Education Pathway Students
The Head of Course will allow the Diploma of Arts as a pathway to Education (Primary/Early Childhood or Secondary) if students do not meet the Maths/Science pre-requisites for those Education courses. Specifically, Education pathway students are permitted to use two units from the Liberal Arts major and two units from the Liberal Arts minor (total of four units) to meet the Maths/Science pre-requisites as well as other first year Education units that can transfer across. If you are an Education pathway student, you should contact the Course Advice Team for enrolment advice.
For Course Planners please refer to: https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/new-students/getting-started/planners-and-profiles.
Recommended Study Schedule
Students may determine their own schedule based upon credit transfers and personal study requirements. It is important to note that full-time students usually enrol in 4 units per term and part-time students usually enrol in 2 units per term.
For a list of units available in the Arts Majors, please refer to the Bachelor of Arts handbook entry here - https://handbook.cqu.edu.au/programs/index?programCode=CA10
Students should note that although Level 1 units are offered every year, Advanced Level units may only be offered in alternate years. Students should check unit availability by clicking on the hyperlinked unit codes of their choices.
Please note: Students must check to see when and where a unit is offered before enrolling. Please check the Handbook for term offerings and pre-requisite requirements as they may change from year to year http://handbook.cqu.edu.au.
Students will be assessed for credit transfer on a case-by-case basis and will be required to nominate the CQU units they wish to be considered for exemption from. Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies, equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity program, have been successfully completed. Students should examine the unit synopses in this handbook to determine the units for which they may be eligible to claim exemption.
Students may only gain credit transfer for up to 67% of the overall program.
Please note that study undertaken more than 10 years ago is not normally considered unless the applicant can supply certified documents showing that they have been continually using the required skills in the work force. Only TAFE diploma level or above is recognised for credit at tertiary level.
Refer to the Credit Transfer website at https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses-and-programs/credit-transfer-and-rpl/credit-transfers for further details on the guidelines and application process.
Students who enrol in this course require access to a computer with an internet connection. Hardware and software requirements vary for individual units within the course. On-campus students may use the computer hardware, software and production equipment that is available at their local campus.