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Communications, Design & Arts

Culminating with a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities or Mass Communication) 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

Available Majors include:

  • Creative Advertising & Graphic Design
  • Product, Furniture & Jewellery Design
  • Digital Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Art
  • Photography & Illustration
  • Visualisation Technologies
  • Creative Writing
  • Internet Communications
  • Journalism
  • Literacy & Cultural Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Professional Writing & Screen Arts
  • Anthropology & Sociology
  • History
  • International Relations

Careers include:

  • 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 (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 degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University.

Choose from Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) or Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication).


Or if you have…

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

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Stage 1)

7 pre-university level units are studied over 2-3 trimesters.

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087938G

Students must complete the following core units and three course-specific units

Core Units

  • Academic Writing and Communication Skills
  • Academic Research & Writing
  • Information & Media Technologies

Specialist Units

  • Business Studies 1 (Communications & Social Sciences only)
  • Design Skills I
  • Design Skills II
  • Media, Culture & Communications

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

  • Design Practice
  • Introduction to Screen Practice
  • Making Meanings

Course Specific Units (Design & Art)

  • Academic & Professional Communications
  • Art & Creativity
  • Design Principles and Process
  • Design Elements
  • Discovering Marketing

Course Specific Units (Communications)

  • Culture to Cultures
  • Discovering Marketing or Public Relations
  • Engaging Media
  • Introduction to Print
  • Web Communications

Course Specific Units (Social Sciences)

  • Culture to Cultures
  • Discovering Marketing
  • 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.

Design Elements 191

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

Design Practice 172

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 171

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 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 program. 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.

Making Meanings

The chief objectives of this unit are to develop your understanding of the process of making meanings in a variety of texts (print and otherwise), and to help apply this understanding in the analysis of a range of such texts. Such understanding requires analysis of the ways in which meanings are a product of relationships among texts, their producers (authors) and consumers (readers/viewers). The broad goal of the unit is to provide the central terms and concepts relevant to the practice of making meaning, as both a text-reader and text-producer.

Mass Communication Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

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 raises 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 Practice 172

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.

Making Meanings

The chief objectives of this unit are to develop your understanding of the process of making meanings in a variety of texts (print and otherwise), and to help apply this understanding in the analysis of a range of such texts. Such understanding requires analysis of the ways in which meanings are a product of relationships among texts, their producers (authors) and consumers (readers/viewers). The broad goal of the unit is to provide the central terms and concepts relevant to the practice of making meaning, as both a text-reader and text-producer.

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

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 raises 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 Practice 172

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 program. 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. 

Making Meanings

The chief objectives of this unit are to develop your understanding of the process of making meanings in a variety of texts (print and otherwise), and to help apply this understanding in the analysis of a range of such texts. Such understanding requires analysis of the ways in which meanings are a product of relationships among texts, their producers (authors) and consumers (readers/viewers). The broad goal of the unit is to provide the central terms and concepts relevant to the practice of making meaning, as both a text-reader and text-producer. 

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. 

2015 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Trimester Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,092 (core)
1,911 (stream specific)
10,920
Diploma (Stage 2) 1,470 11,760

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,900 (core)
3,325 (stream specific)
20,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 3,375 27,000

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) TBC Minimum of 21 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College
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Intakes

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Stage 1)
February | July | October

Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries (Stage 2)
February | July | October

Note: This is a full time course at Curtin’s Bentley Campus.

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.

Next Intake February 2016

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

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