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2014 Graduate Diploma of Arts (Specialisation)(R6W)  Download to Zip

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Launceston: Some specialisations may not be offered in Launceston
Course Duration: Minimum 1 yrs, Maximum 3 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):



This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students. Fees 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 'Tuition fee {domestic} Post 2008' as the fee type. International students please refer to International Services at

The Graduate Diploma of Arts (Specialisation) is designed to enable graduates to undertake postgraduate coursework study in one of a range of Humanities specialisations. Graduates will have the advanced cognitive, theoretical and communication skills necessary for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

This on-campus, one year full-time (or, up to 4 consecutive years part-time) course is available at Hobart and/or Launceston (not all specialisations are available on both campuses).

The following specialisations are available within the GradDipArts(Spec):

  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese
  • Classical and Medieval Studies
  • English {Creative Writing*}
  • English
  • History
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese

Students may also undertake a program combining two of the above specialisations.

*English {Creative Writing} may also be offered in Cradle Coast Campus, subject to sufficient numbers of students.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the course in 2014. For students who commenced prior to 2014, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2013 should refer to the 2013 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites

Normal admission requirement are:

  • successful completion of the requirements in the same specilisation for the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Specialisation); or
  • a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent with the relevant major from the University of Tasmania; or
  • a university degree from another university or tertiary institution with the relevant major, deemed to be appropriate by the Faculty of Arts; or
  • candidates not holding a bachelor's degree but whose employment experience indicates a level of knowledge and skill deemed by the Faculty to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily may be deemed eligible for admission,
  • and a level of English equivalent to a score of 6.0 on an IELTS test, unless otherwise specified.

Exemptions regarding entry requirements may be made at the discretion of the Head of the relevant School in consultation with the Honours Coordinator and the Program Director.

Course Objectives

Graduate Diploma of Arts (Specialisation) (R6W)

It is intended, upon completion of this course:

1. Graduates at this level will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more specialisations or areas of practice

2. Graduates at this level will have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:

  • analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities
  • analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems
  • transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others

3. Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.

Career Outcomes

In Australia and around the world, employers are increasingly seeking graduates who can speak and write clearly; who are computer literate and understand how to use technology; who know about other countries, cultures and societies; who can solve problems creatively; and who have developed that flexibility of thought which technical and vocational training rarely encourages. Arts graduates find jobs in, for example, advertising, journalism, the arts, diplomacy, interpreting and tourism, management and administration, and research and publishing.

Articulation to/from Course

Where specialisations permit, students who have satisfactorily completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Specialisation) may proceed to the Master of Arts (Specialisation). Students who complete 50% of units (including any core units) may elect to take out the Graduate Certificate.

Credit may be given, at the discretion of the Faculty, for previous postgraduate or honours level study, or alternative achievements by students in other awards and professional practice areas at equivalent level.

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