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Key details

Duration

0.5 year/s full-time
1 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

40

Course code

NASSL1
SATAC/UAC codes
MyNextCourse

Overview

The Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Arts, Social Sciences and Languages is a 6-month course that offers you the opportunity to upskill or reskill and retrain.

Available 100% online or on campus, the course equips you with a solid grounding in key discipline areas of the arts. It is also a direct pathway into related higher education courses, should you wish to continue studying.

During this course, you will begin to explore elementary concepts in the arts and social sciences, which will provide you with insight into academic work in these fields and a grounding for more advanced studies. This course will support your learning needs and develop your study skills.

On completing the Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Arts, Social Sciences and Languages, you will be eligible to use the credit you've gained towards further study in a:

  • Diploma of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Diploma of Indigenous Research

Advanced standing will be granted for some of or all the subjects you successfully complete. If further study is your intention, be sure to check the requirements of your preferred undergraduate degree to determine how many credits you can transfer.

Should you continue your studies with a Diploma of Arts or Bachelor of Arts at CDU, all credits for an Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Arts, Social Sciences and Languages will be transferred.

Note: On current advice the Undergraduate Certificate must be completed by the end of 2025.

Fees

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

All commonwealth-supported students who apply and commence this undergraduate certificate in 2022 will receive a 20% discount on their student contribution. The total cost of this course ranges from $3722.00 - $5850.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee and is dependent on your unit selection. The undiscounted price for this course ranges from $4652.00 - $7312.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee and again is dependent on your unit selection.

Information about unit fees can be found at Domestic Fees.

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study arts at CDU?

Future-proof your career when you study Arts with us. You'll learn to think critically and creatively in a rapidly changing world. Our courses are highly flexible and tailored to fit your interests and career goals, whether you study Indigenous Governance and Policy, Creative and Digital Arts, Communications, Architectural Design, or one of many other majors.

  • #2 Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Learn from leaders in Indigenous and Asia Pacific knowledge, with close ties to important research initiatives
  • Study your way with full-time, part-time, online or on campus options

 

What will I study?

This 40-credit point course consists of two (2) Core Units and two (2) Specialist Elective units chosen from a range of units at an Introductory level. The combination of introductory and first-year degree level subjects is designed to help you develop introductory knowledge in the arts, social sciences and languages, and the necessary skills for successful university studies.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core
(2 units)
20cpCompulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
IAS201 Cultural Capabilities

Specialist Elective
(2 units)

 

20cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from one of the following specialisations below:

Indigenous Research
IND170 Indigenous Research: Guiding Principles
IAS124 Contested Knowledges
 
Global Humanities
IAS101 Indigenous Australia
IAS102 Northern Exposure
IAS133 Introduction to International Relations
IAS131 Colonising Australia
IAS124 Contested Knowledges
IAS132 Colonial Rule in South East Asia
 
Languages
IAS161 Language Studies 1
IAS162 Language Studies 2
 
Digital Media
IAS112 Creative Practice in a Digital Context
IAS114 Introduction to Screen Media
IAS173 Drawing and Other Visual Representation Tools
IAS174 Digital Media and Online Content Design
 
Society and Culture
IAS121 Critical and Creative Thinking
IAS122 Ethics and Happiness (unit title change 2022)
IAS124 Contested Knowledges
IAS123 Sociological Perspectives

 40cpTotal Credit Points

 

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCO  
IAS201 Cultural CapabilitiesCO  
Specialist Elective 1SE  
Specialist Elective 2SE  

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCOIAS201 Cultural CapabilitiesCO
Specialist Elective 1SESpecialist Elective 2SE

 

Specialist Elective Availability
Please note: due to unit availability some specialist areas can only be undertaken part-time.

Semester 1Semester 2
Indigenous Research
IND170 Indigenous Research: Guiding PrinciplesIAS124 Contested Knowledges
Global Humanities
IAS101 Indigenous Australia
IAS133 Introduction to International Relations
IAS131 Colonising Australia
IAS102 Northern Exposure
IAS124 Contested Knowledges
IAS132 Colonial Rule in South East Asia
Languages
IAS161 Language Studies 1
IAS162 Language Studies 2
IAS161 Language Studies 1
IAS162 Language Studies 2
Digital Media
IAS173 Drawing and Other Visual Representation Tools

 

IAS112 Creative Practice in a Digital Context
IAS114 Introduction to Screen Media
IAS173 Drawing and Other Visual Representation Tools
IAS174 Digital Media and Online Content Design
Society and Culture
IAS121 Critical and Creative Thinking
IAS123 Sociological Perspectives
IAS122 Ethics and Happiness (unit title change 2022)
IAS124 Contested Knowledges

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCO
  IAS201 Cultural CapabilitiesCO
  Specialist Elective 1SE
  Specialist Elective 2SE

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCO
  Specialist Elective 1SE
Year 2
IAS201 Cultural CapabilitiesCO  
Specialist Elective 2SE  

 

Specialist Elective Availability
Please note: due to unit availability some specialist areas can only be undertaken part-time.

Semester 1Semester 2
Indigenous Research
IND170 Indigenous Research: Guiding PrinciplesIAS124 Contested Knowledges
Global Humanities
IAS101 Indigenous Australia
IAS133 Introduction to International Relations
IAS131 Colonising Australia
IAS102 Northern Exposure
IAS124 Contested Knowledges
IAS132 Colonial Rule in South East Asia
Languages
IAS161 Language Studies 1
IAS162 Language Studies 2
IAS161 Language Studies 1
IAS162 Language Studies 2
Digital Media
IAS114 Introduction to Screen MediaIAS112 Creative Practice in a Digital Context
IAS174 Digital Media and Online Content Design
Society and Culture
IAS121 Critical and Creative Thinking
IAS123 Sociological Perspectives
IAS122 Ethics and Happiness (unit title change 2022)
IAS124 Contested Knowledges

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent).
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 125 or higher.
  • Successful completion of a recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The Arts courses at CDU are flexible and adaptable, with the option to choose from a wide range of both practical and specialised majors or study themes. We encourage students to ask about how a program can be tailored to fit their interests and career goals. Don’t be afraid to ask that question.

Professor Ruth Wallace

Ruth Wallace

Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
No
Award
Undergraduate Certificate (Arts, Social Science and Languages)
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
Sector
HE
Area of study
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Languages and Linguistics, Indigenous Knowledges

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
108031
593000
Online (CSP)
108031
593000
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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