Futureproof your creative cultural career
Whether you are currently working or studying in the creative and cultural sector, or wish to develop an increased understanding of its contemporary issues and challenges, the interdisciplinary Graduate Diploma in Creative and Cultural Futures gives you the opportunity to futureproof your career in the rapidly changing cultural sector. Based in Canberra, with access to the city’s major cultural institutions and vibrant creative community, your experiential learning will be enriched and enlivened thanks to these close links and through research-led teaching from the Faculty’s internationally recognised Centre for Creative and Cultural Research.
Rather than focusing solely on current workplace needs, this diploma will expand your thinking around critical issues, such as access, audiences, impact, innovation and leadership, meaning you’ll be well-placed to take up positions of influence across a range of fields, including digital media arts, film production, community arts, creative writing, global studies, cultural policy and planning, heritage and conservation, and the galleries, libraries, archives, museums and records (GLAMR) sector. Progression from this course to the Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures is available by enrolling in additional units.
Study a Graduate Diploma in Creative and Cultural Futures at UC and you will:
- reflect critically on contemporary issues for the cultural and creative sectors
- apply professional knowledge and skills, and key techniques and approaches, relevant to a specific area of creative and cultural practice
- work independently and collaboratively to develop creative solutions to real-world problems and develop entrepreneurial approaches to implement these solutions
- evaluate and apply strategies for cultural leadership and communication across a range of professional and community contexts.
Work Integrated Learning
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a prominent feature of this course, with units containing team-based problem solving in real-life industry contexts, analysis of real-world case studies, and professional mentoring from industry and sector leaders. If you are already employed in the sector, you will be encouraged to use your past experiences to reflect on current industry practice, problems and issues.
Throughout your study, you will have unique behind-the-scenes access to cultural collections at Canberra-based institutions, with experiential learning of Indigenous cultural issues and creative and cultural practice. If you wish to access them, there will also be opportunities to partake in overseas study and international field trips during your time at UC.
- Arts administrator
- Gallery/Museum director
- Digital collections strategist
- Arts/cultural policy analyst
- Experience manager
- Cultural content developer
- Multimedia developer
- Cultural entrepreneur
- Interpretation specialist
- Head of heritage
- Heritage consultant
- Gallery manager
- Indigenous heritage officer
- Collections manager
- Heritage manager
- Engineering heritage consultant
- Historic buildings conservation officer
- Culture and heritage officer
- Heritage site manager
- Heritage and cultural policy adviser
A clear pathway of study exists between this degree, the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (Culture and Heritage), and the postgraduate Graduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Futures, Graduate Certificate in Heritage Materials Conservation, and the Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures courses. Students who have completed this course may apply and receive credit for units within the Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures.
Students must have a bachelor degree in any field as approved by the University.
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
English Language Requirements
Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0
Information for Fee Paying Students
The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.
- Graduate Diploma in Creative and Cultural Futures (24 credit points)
- Required - Must pass 3 credit points as follows
Restricted Choice - Must pass 21 credit points from the following
- 11070 - Creative Thinking G - 3 cp, Level G
- 11156 - Digital Pasts, Digital Futures PG - 3 cp, Level P
- 11157 - The Activation Lab G - 6 cp, Level G
- 11158 - Contemporary Issues for the Creative and Cultural Sector PG - 3 cp, Level P
- 11159 - Leadership, Ethics and Innovation PG - 6 cp, Level P
- 11160 - Heritage Materials and Their Environments G - 3 cp, Level G
- 11161 - The Cultural Significance of Patina G - 3 cp, Level G
- 11162 - Heritage Materials - Structure and Integrity G - 3 cp, Level G
- 11163 - Heritage Materials - Aesthetics and Stability G - 3 cp, Level G
In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course.
Standard two semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.
Unit Delivery Modes
Each unit within your course may be offered through the following delivery modes:
UC - Canberra, Bruce
|Flexible:||The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.|
|Intensive:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.|
|On Campus:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.|
Check how each of your units are delivered in the Course Requirements section.
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2024||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
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Alternate Exit Awards
- Graduate Certificate in Heritage Materials Conservation
- Graduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Futures
Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)
Graduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Futures Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures