Graduate Diploma in Design (Contemporary Art)
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
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:
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.
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)
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.
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:
1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Research Studio 1||GRAP 5005||9|
|AAD Research Methods||VSAR 4003||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|Research Studio 2||GRAP 5006||9|
|Business Practice for Artists and Designers||VSAR 5006||4.5|
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.
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 >
As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.
Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.
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.
International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.
We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.
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.
How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.