Diploma of Communications, Design & Arts

General

Program Description

Culminating with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) from Curtin University, the Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries is your pathway into the Creative Arts, Social Sciences and Communications.

The Bachelor of Arts encourages creativity, versatility and strong visual presentation and communication. It is a flexible, dynamic degree that allows you to tailor your studies to suit your personal interests and goals, be that in the rapidly expanding world of media and corporate communication, the industry, commerce, education and government sector, or the creative vision of a design agency.

Leading to:

Bachelor of Arts

  • Mass Communications

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities)

  • Anthropology & Sociology
  • Creative Advertising & Graphic Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Design
  • Fashion
  • Fine Art
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Internet Communications
  • Journalism
  • Literary & Cultural Studies
  • Photography
  • Professional Writing and Publishing
  • Screen Arts
  • Theatre Arts

Careers Include:

  • Animator
  • Game Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Publisher
  • Photographer
  • Professional Writer
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Teacher

Your Pathway to Communications, Design & Arts and Social Sciences

If you have:

  • Completed Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Stage 2)

  • 8 university-level units studied over 2-3 trimesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin University degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University.

  • Choose from Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) or Bachelor of Arts.

Or if you have:

  • Completed Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Stage 1)

  • 8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Stage 2)

  • Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

An important part of my art is iteration. Pushing to get a better version, refining over and over until it’s something that I’m satisfied with. Kelly Sikkema / Unsplash

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries Units (Stage 1)

  • CRICOS Code 087938G

Students must complete four to five core units and three to four elective units:

Core Units

  • Academic Research & Writing
  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Design Skills (Design & Art only)
  • Information & Media Technologies
  • Introduction to Design Computing (Design & Art only)
  • Media, Culture & Communication (Social Sciences & Mass Communications only)

Elective Units

  • Accounting
  • Chemistry
  • Design Skills
  • Economics
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology
  • Introduction to Design Computing
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Media, Culture & Communication
  • Physics
  • Programming
  • Project Management
  • Technical Mathematics

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries Units (Stage 2)

  • CRICOS Code 087938G

Students must complete the following core units and course-specific units where applicable:

Core Units

  • Academic & Professional Communications
  • Culture to Cultures
  • Design Computing 1
  • Discovering Marketing
  • Introduction to Screen Practice

Course Specific Units (Design & Art)

  • Art & Creativity
  • Art and Design Fundamentals
  • Design Principles and Process

Course Specific Units (Mass Communication)

  • Engaging Media
  • Web Communications

Course Specific Units (Social Sciences)

  • Engaging Media
  • Introduction to Print
  • Web Communications

Design & Art

  • Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries
  • Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Academic & Professional Communications

Research, written communication and oral presentation in academic and professional contexts. Develop reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and teamwork skills and the ability to articulate the practices that lead to successful collaboration.

Art & Creativity

Engage and challenge practices of creativity, innovation and aesthetic experience in contemporary life. Students investigate contemporary forms of cultural practice in order to articulate and represent new critical ways of thinking.

Arts and Design Fundamentals

This unit challenges ways of seeing as it explores conceptual image development through concept, content and composition with both illustrative and photographic techniques.

Culture to Cultures

This unit explores the nature and dynamics of intercultural communication and the role of written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills in intercultural communicational encounters. This exploration and discussion raise awareness of culturally diverse thinking and learning styles, cross-cultural perspectives on communication and language, in particular, the different cultural framings of the media.

Design Computing 1

Through a series of practical design projects and exercises, held within a digital environment, this unit introduces students to industry standard design technologies and software.

Design Principles and Process

An introduction to the elements and principles of design as well as design processes and methods. This unit addresses the purpose, sequence, major stages and application of the design process to synthesise solutions relevant to the fields of Creative Advertising and Graphic Design.

Discovering Marketing

Introducing the topic of marketing, it’s role and importance in any type of organisation. Topics include the marketing concept, marketing environment, marketing information systems, market segmentation, identification of target markets, buyer behaviour, product, place, price and promotion decisions, and the special aspects of marketing.

Introduction to Screen Practice

Introduction to a variety of film and television genres, and to the various roles in the production of a film or television programme. Workshops allow students to gain basic technical competencies with the equipment used in film and television production such as cameras, lights, nonlinear editing equipment and microphones.

Mass Communication

  • Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries
  • Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Academic & Professional Communications

Research, written communication and oral presentation in academic and professional contexts. Develop reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and teamwork skills and the ability to articulate the practices that lead to successful collaboration.

Culture to Cultures

This unit explores the nature and dynamics of intercultural communication and the role of written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills in intercultural communicational encounters. This exploration and discussion raise awareness of culturally diverse thinking and learning styles, cross-cultural perspectives on communication and language, in particular, the different cultural framings of the media.

Design Computing 1

Through a series of practical design projects and exercises, held within a digital environment, this unit introduces students to industry standard design technologies and software.

Discovering Marketing

Introducing the topic of marketing, it’s role and importance in any type of organisation. Topics include the marketing concept, marketing environment, marketing information systems, market segmentation, identification of target markets, buyer behaviour, product, place, price and promotion decisions, and the special aspects of marketing.

Engaging Media

Contemporary media is a vital and pervasive presence in many aspects of our lives, both personal and professional. This unit explores the ways in which 21st-century media engages our attention though a variety of texts and communicative modes. It also focuses on the ways in which we, as users, consumers and producers, engage with the media. Students explore how our relation to media is impacted by the institutions and processes involved in its production.

Introduction to Print

This unit lays the foundations for students to understand the media and write publishable news reports in digital and print. It equips students with the skills and techniques required for the practice of journalism, news gathering and writing, including definitions of news; research skills; news sources; interviewing; the structure of news reports; news language and conventions such as news style and news-report writing.

Introduction to Screen Practice

Introduction to a variety of film and television genres, and to the various roles in the production of a film or television programme. Workshops allow students to gain basic technical competencies with the equipment used in film and television production such as cameras, lights, nonlinear editing equipment and microphones.

Web Communications

This unit will look at the ways in which the internet has changed communication and how this affects individuals, groups, businesses and organisations. Online communication has presented a myriad of opportunities for collaboration with others and it has become common practice to share knowledge and skills via the online space. It is essential that we understand how people communicate and collaborate online and why this is important. This unit will enable you to become an effective and sophisticated internet user, able to deploy its techniques, technologies and underlying concepts for online communication and collaboration.

Social Sciences

  • Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries
  • Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Academic & Professional Communications

Research, written communication and oral presentation in academic and professional contexts. Develop reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and teamwork skills and the ability to articulate the practices that lead to successful collaboration.

Culture to Cultures

This unit explores the nature and dynamics of intercultural communication and the role of written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills in intercultural communicational encounters. This exploration and discussion raise awareness of culturally diverse thinking and learning styles, cross-cultural perspectives on communication and language, in particular, the different cultural framings of the media.

Design Computing 1

Through a series of practical design projects and exercises, held within a digital environment, this unit introduces students to industry standard design technologies and software.

Discovering Marketing

Introducing the topic of marketing, it’s role and importance in any type of organisation. Topics include the marketing concept, marketing environment, marketing information systems, market segmentation, identification of target markets, buyer behaviour, product, place, price and promotion decisions, and the special aspects of marketing.

Engaging Media

Contemporary media is a vital and pervasive presence in many aspects of our lives, both personal and professional. This unit explores the ways in which 21st-century media engages our attention though a variety of texts and communicative modes. It also focuses on the ways in which we, as users, consumers and producers, engage with the media. Students explore how our relation to media is impacted by the institutions and processes involved in its production.

Introduction to Print

This unit lays the foundations for students to understand the media and write publishable news reports in digital and print. It equips students with the skills and techniques required for the practice of journalism, news gathering and writing, including definitions of news; research skills; news sources; interviewing; the structure of news reports; news language and conventions such as news style and news-report writing.

Introduction to Screen Practice

Introduction to a variety of film and television genres, and to the various roles in the production of a film or television programme. Workshops allow students to gain basic technical competencies with the equipment used in film and television production such as cameras, lights, nonlinear editing equipment and microphones.

Web Communications

This unit will look at the ways in which the internet has changed communication and how this affects individuals, groups, businesses and organisations. Online communication has presented a myriad of opportunities for collaboration with others and it has become common practice to share knowledge and skills via the online space. It is essential that we understand how people communicate and collaborate online and why this is important. This unit will enable you to become an effective and sophisticated internet user, able to deploy its techniques, technologies and underlying concepts for online communication and collaboration.

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2020 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,875 15,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 1,950 15,600

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 3,075 24,600
Diploma (Stage 2) 3,650 29,200

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1) Year 11 with 50%
Diploma (Stage 2) Minimum ATAR/UAI 50 OR AQF Certificate IV OR equivalent Foundation Year grades

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 2 points from 2 GCE A‐Level OR 1 point from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from GCE AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Completion of Year 1 Diploma with at least 18 points (minimum of 4 subjects) Minimum of 20 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College

We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, as well as students who have completed alternative training. We also accept students with work and/or life experience.

English Language Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below are not exhaustive. Other evidence of English proficiency may be considered.

Australian Qualifications: English Language Requirements

Diploma (Stage 1)

  • Year 11 English with 50% or better

Diploma (Stage 2)

  • Year 12 English with a C grade or 50%
  • English ATAR with a scaled mark of 50
  • English Literature ATAR with a scaled mark of 50

International Qualifications and Tests: English Language Requirements for Diploma (Stage 1)

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 5.5 (no band below 5.0)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): iBT 54 (R7, L6, S15, W17)
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE): O-level / SPM 1119: C
  • (GCE) AS-Level English: C grade or better
  • (GCE) A-Level English: E grade or better
  • Hong Kong - New Academic System: HKDSE Core English Level 2
  • Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A): 42 (no score below 36)
  • Pearson Versant English Placement Test: 50 (no score below 46)
  • ELICOS at Curtin English Language Centre (CELC): Gateway with B grade (no skill below C)
  • Group of Eight (G8) University Foundation Programmes: C or 50%
  • Phoenix Academy Cert IV English for Academic Purposes: B2 (no band below B1+)
  • International Institute of Business and Technology (IIBT): Academic English III with B2 (no band below B2)

International Qualifications and Tests: English Language Requirements for Diploma (Stage 2)

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (All majors excluding Mass Communications)

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 5.5 (no band below 5.5)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): iBT 70 (R12, L11, S17, W20)
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) O Level /SPM 1119: C
  • Hong Kong - New Academic System: HKDSE Core English Level 2
  • Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A): 42 (no score less than 42)
  • Pearson Versant English Placement Test: 50 (no score less than 50)
  • ELICOS at Curtin English Language Centre: Gateway with B grade (No skill below B)
  • Group of Eight (G8) University Foundation Programmes: C or 50%
  • International Institute of Business and Technology (IIBT): Academic English III with B2 (no band below B2)

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Mass Communications)

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 (no band below 6.0)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): iBT 70 (R13, L12, S18, W21)
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) O-level / SPM 1119: C
  • Hong Kong - New Academic System: HKDSE Core English Level 3
  • Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A): 50 (no score less than 50)
  • Pearson Versant English Placement Test: 56 (no score less than 56)
  • ELICOS at Curtin English Language Centre (CELC): Gateway with B+ grade (No skill below B+)
  • Group of Eight (G8) University Foundation Programmes: C or 50%
  • Phoenix Academy Cert IV English for Academic Purposes: B2+ (no band below B2+)
  • International Institute of Business and Technology (IIBT): Academic English IV with B2+ (no band below B2+)

Intakes

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Stage 1)*

  • February
  • June
  • October

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Stage 2)*

  • February
  • June
  • October

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley Campus.*Not all majors are available to commence each intake

Next Intake

  • February 2020 (Stage 1 & Stage 2)

Apply now for Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries and you could be on your way to year 2 of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) at Curtin University within 12 months.

Duration

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Stage 1)*

  • 2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Stage 2)*

  • 2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley Campus.*Not all majors are available to commence each intake

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Curtin College is your pathway to a bachelor degree at Curtin University, Western Australia’s largest university. If you do not qualify for direct entry into Curtin University, a Curtin College Diplom ... Read More

Curtin College is your pathway to a bachelor degree at Curtin University, Western Australia’s largest university. If you do not qualify for direct entry into Curtin University, a Curtin College Diploma will help you gain entry. We are on campus at Curtin University in Perth, so you will experience university life from day one. As a Curtin College student, you will be able to participate in University events, join clubs and enjoy other Curtin campus facilities. Since 2000, Curtin College has helped over 10,000 students realise their dreams of a Curtin University bachelor degree. Curtin University is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 and has risen 20 places to 230th in the world in the QS World University Ranking 2020. Curtin College is located in Building 205 on Curtin University’s Bentley Campus. Read less