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Undergraduate

Diploma of Arts

2022

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Batchelor (CSP)
146061
591134
Casuarina campus (CSP)
116301
591130
Online (CSP)
116301
591130
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101374
Course duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No

Batchelor: this course is available to Indigenous students by mixed mode delivery through the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) in Batchelor.

Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

YARTS1

Award
Diploma of Arts
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
Sector
HE

The Diploma of Arts program offers students a pathway into diverse specialist and interdisciplinary thematic areas including communications, text and digital media; society and culture; digital and global humanities; Indigenous governance and policy; contemporary Indigenous Australian languages and linguistics; digital and creative arts; music, production and performance; and architectural design. As a student, your journey through this program will also develop core communication, critical and creative thinking skills to prepare you to participate in a multi-disciplinary and global workforce.

The Diploma of Arts is ideal for anyone who wants a taste of studying arts and would like to gain a qualification but may not be ready to commit to a full bachelor's degree

Credit transfers and pathways

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

  • The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

    Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
    A. Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    11 69.0
    B. Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
    C. Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5 N/P
    D. Recent secondary education
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

    <5 N/P
    International students <5 N/P
    All students 16 100.0

    Notes
    "<5" - the number of students is less than 5
    N/A - Students not accepted in this category
    N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

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

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

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.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • 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 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

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 minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Median rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Highest rank to receive an offer <5 <5

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

Course structure

The course requires the successful completion of 80 credit points of study. Core units provide a foundation of Indigenous knowledge traditions, cultural capabilities and an orientation to our place in Northern Australia. Sixty (60) credit points of Specialist Electives allows students to diversify their studies into areas of specific interest.


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.
 

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Specialist Electives
(6 units) 
60cp 

Specialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points from the Group A unit listing:

 Group A
 IAS101 Indigenous Australia
 IAS102 Northern Exposure
 IAS201 Cultural Capabilities
 IAS202 Northern Futures

Specialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points from the Group B unit listing: Units are categorised in alignment with the majors in the Bachelor of Arts, but there is no requirement to complete all Specialist Elective B units from one grouping.

 Group B
 COMMUNICATIONS, LITERATURE AND DIGITAL MEDIA
 IAS111 Introduction to Australasian Literature
 IAS112 Creative Practice in a Digital Context
 IAS113 Introducing Communications Studies
 IAS114 Introduction to Screen Media
 IAS211 Media and Professional Writing
 IAS212 Media and Culture in Global Communications
 IAS213 Guilty Reading: Topics in Popular Genres
 IAS214 Contemporary Literature and Writing
 IAS215 Screen Media and Production 1
 IAS216 Screen Media and Production 2

 SOCIETY AND CULTURE
 IAS121 Critical and Creative Thinking
 IAS122 Ethics and Decision Theory
 IAS123 Sociological Perspectives
 IAS124 Contested Knowledges
 IAS221 Social Identities and Relationships
 IAS222 Global Sociology
 IAS223 Representing and Recording Country
 IAS224 Philosophy of Arts and Culture
 IAS225 Cultural Resource and Site Management
 IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives

 GLOBAL HUMANITIES IN A DIGITAL AGE
 IAS131 Colonising Australia
 IAS132 Colonial Rule in South-East Asia
 IAS133 Introduction to International Relations
 IAS124 Contested Knowledges
 IAS231 Colonial North Australia
 IAS232 Themes in Global History
 IAS233 Foundations of Western Civilisation
 IAS234 Indonesia: State and Society
 IAS236 Indonesia and the World
 IAS243 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics

 INDIGENOUS GOVERNANCE AND POLICY
 IAS131 Colonising Australia
 IAS142 Ethics and Protocols in Indigenous Contexts
 IAS123 Sociological Perspectives
 IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources
 IAS241 Indigenous Policy Principles and Practice
 IAS242 Indigenous Governance and Leadership
 IAS243 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
 IAS244 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
 IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives
 IAS246 Advocacy and Social Action

 CONTEMPORARY INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA
 IAS124 Contested Knowledges
 IAS131 Colonising Australia
 IAS142 Ethics and Protocols in Indigenous Contexts
 IAS144 Indigenous Lands and Resources
 IAS223 Representing and Recording Country
 IAS225 Cultural Resource and Site Management
 IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives
 IAS246 Advocacy and Social Action
 IAS252 Language Maintenance and Identity
 IAS254 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management

 LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS
 IAS161 Language Studies 1 (repeatable)
 IAS162 Language Studies 2 (repeatable)
 IAS163 Linguistics for Indigenous Languages 1
 IAS164 Linguistics for Indigenous Languages 2
 IAS165 Language in Society
 IAS261 Language Studies 3 (repeatable)
 IAS262 Language Studies 4 (repeatable)
 IAS264 Resource Production and Use
 IAS265 Semantics
 IAS266 Language Acquisition
 IAS267 Languages in Contact

 CREATIVE AND DIGITAL ARTS
 IAS171 Creative Studio 1 (20cps)
 IAS172 Creative Studio 2 (20cps)
 IAS271 Creative Studio 3 (20cps)
 IAS272 Creative Studio 4 (20cps)
 IAS371 Creative Practice and Theory (20cps) (repeatable)
 IAS173 Drawing and Other Visual Representation Tools (repeatable)
 IAS174 Digital Media and Online Content Design
 IAS273 Sculptural Design (repeatable)
 IAS274 Digital Image Capture and Photographic Media (repeatable)

 MUSIC MAKING, PRODUCTION AND PERFORMANCE
 IAS184 Digital Composition
 IAS181 Music Making and Theory 1 (20cp)
 IAS182 Music Making and Theory 2 (20cp)
 IAS281 Music Making and Theory 3 (20cp)
 IAS282 Music Making and Theory 4 (20cp)
 IAS381 Music Making, Production and Performance (20cp) (repeatable)
 IAS283 Indigenous and Community Music
 IAS284 Ensemble and Choral (repeatable)

 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
 IAS191 Architectural Design 1 (20cp)
 IAS192 Architectural Design 2 (20cp)
 IAS291 Architectural Design 3 (20cp)
 IAS292 Architectural Design 4 (20cp)
 IAS193 Design and Representation in Architecture
 IAS194 Architectural Technology and Environment 1
 IAS293 Architectural Technology and Environment 2
 IAS294 Architectural Technology and Environment 3

General Electives
(2 units)
20cp

Units totalling between 20 credit points may be selected from undergraduate units offered by the University. 

Students may select units from any of the approved specialisations (as above), other units offered throughout the university or by cross institutional enrolment as approved by the course coordinator.

  80cp Total Credit Points

 

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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 load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200  units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
Specialist Elective Group A or B SE Specialist Elective Group A or B SE
Specialist Elective Group A or B SE Specialist Elective Group A or B SE
Specialist Elective Group B or General Elective  SE/E Specialist Elective Group B or General Elective  SE/E
Specialist Elective Group B or General Elective SE/E Specialist Elective Group B or General Elective SE/E

 

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 load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    Specialist Elective Group A or B SE
    Specialist Elective Group A or B SE
    Specialist Elective Group B or General Elective  SE/E
    Specialist Elective Group B or General Elective SE/E
Year 2
Specialist Elective Group A or B SE    
Specialist Elective Group A or B SE    
Specialist Elective Group B or General Elective  SE/E    
Specialist Elective Group B or General Elective  SE/E    

 

Course 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.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATAC

 

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UAC

 

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are open for those students who have previously completed one of the following courses at CDU or BIITE*:

  • Certificate III or Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)
  • Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree

MyNextCourse

*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

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

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

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To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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