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Start Date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DGSP

SATAC Code
4GD102 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Gain advanced practical skills and knowledge in your chosen specialisation.
  • Develop important skills in business and financial management to ensure you succeed in your chosen field.
  • Learn in custom-built studio spaces and workshops.
  • Be taught by practicing artists, writers and researchers who have significant industry experience.
  • Build important industry networks.
  • Have access to a state-of-the-art library that has the largest collection of art, craft and design resources in the state. 
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning.
  • Study at a School that has it's qualifications been ranked in the World Top 100 for Art and Design1.

1 2017 QS Subject Rankings

Snapshot

Snapshot

This unique graduate diploma will not only help to further extend practical skills in your chosen specialisation, but it will provide you with valuable business management skills. You will focus on the development and application of research processes and methodologies, and you will develop skills in marketing and critical analysis. The specialised fields you can choose from include:

  • photo, digital and graphic media
  • curatorship and arts writing
  • painting and drawing
  • spatial studies, involving public art, sculpture, textiles, glass, ceramics, jewellery and metal

This qualification forms part of a nested degree, leading to a Master of Design (Contemporary Art). An additional six months of study is required after completion of this graduate diploma in order to graduate with a master degree. 

Why Graduate Diploma in Design (Contemporary Art)

Why this Degree

This qualification provides you with advanced practical and theoretical skills and knowledge related to individual specialisations, and also ensures you have the necessary business management and marketing skills needed to succeed after graduation. 

With access to facilities such as state-of-the-art studio spaces and workshops, you will learn first-hand how to turn your creative ideas into reality. You will also explore theoretical, technical and conceptual skills linked to your chosen specialisation, and learn from national and international artists, writers and researchers. 

Our teaching is informed by our research – 97 per cent of which is at or above world class1 – so you can be assured that by studying this graduate diploma at UniSA you will take away industry-relevant skills and knowledge. 

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

Learn from practicing artists, writers and researchers, and benefit from their industry experience and real-life connections. Our teaching staff are highly trained industry professionals who bring with them years of experience. They have strong industry links and many hold professional positions with national and international organisations. For students this means links to industry and the opportunity to build important networks. 

UniSA also has well over 2,500 national and international industry partnerships – providing further opportunities for you to build important industry relationships. The University's matchstudio learning experience offers additional opportunities for you to gain practical experience – here you will take on real-life projects, which requires liaison with real-world clients. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Contemporary artists are highly creative, highly motivated, disciplined and committed. To succeed in this creative profession you need to be willing to take risks, push boundaries and experiment with materials, textures and subjects matter. If you think you've got what it takes, the job prospects for artists in Australia are looking great, with strong growth expected through to November 20201. Careers to consider:

  • artist/designer: ceramicist, painter, illustrator, sculptor, jeweller, textile artist, printmaker, photographer, furniture designer, digital media
  • arts administrator: responsible for facilitating the day-to-day operations of an arts organisation
  • art historian: an authority on art history; you may work for a museum, library, art gallery or historical centre
  • art critic: specialise in analysing, interpreting and evaluating art

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This qualification provides graduates with advanced practical and theoretical skills and knowledge, advanced research skills and valuable business and financial management skills. A key focus is on research, as it relates to your chosen specialisation. You will also study marketing and business, covering areas such as:

  • grant sourcing and applications
  • industry associations and professional recognition
  • communication skills and marketing strategies
  • copyright, trademarks, intellectual property and taxation

You’ll explore online art and design practice and online marketing, business management and self-employment practices related to the art and design industries, and develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand critical research methodologies.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. There will be essays and assignments and you could also expect:

  • presentations
  • studio projects
  • business feasibility study
  • literature/artefact reviews

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Studio 1 GRAP 5005 9
AAD Research Methods VSAR 4003 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Studio 2 GRAP 5006 9
Business Practice for Artists and Designers VSAR 5006 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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