Get ahead of the curve
Take the next step in your career
Discover your leadership potential in the creative or cultural sector with the Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries.
This course is designed as the second step in the Creative Industries suite. Students can add this course onto their existing Graduate Certificate from the Creative Industries suite as continued study, or new students may elect to start this course from the beginning.
Whatever your path, you’ll enjoy the freedom of choice with this highly customisable degree. If you’re starting the qualification without any prior study, you’ll complete 8 units from a broad range of subjects, from marketing to user-experience, design leadership, conservation to entrepreneurship, and even finance for creative businesses. For those who have already completed a relevant Graduate Certificate, only 4 additional units need to be completed to achieve this qualification.
You call the shots
Mix and match units
Connect and grow
Build networks that will shape your career
Let your career thrive
Gain the skills needed to excel in your career
In 1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time) *
Intakes in February and July
$3,125 per unit
2023 per unit fee for Domestic Students. FEE-HELP available.
Why study at UC
UC’s Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries can be studied as a standalone course, or as the next stage of study for students who have already completed a Graduate Certificate in the Creative Industries suite – such as Screen Development, Digital Marketing or Design.
This course offers complete freedom. Tailor your subject choice to match your interests and career path, the choice is yours. Want to be ready for whatever the future holds? This degree is designed to place you at the forefront of creative industries and ensure your skills adapt to change.
With most of the subject options in this course available to study online, UC is committed to making sure you enjoy a truly flexible and learning experience. You will feel supported however you choose to learn through our student support team, career advisors and an inspiring cohort of teachers and industry experts.
Stand-out and step-up
Gain the skills and knowledge needed to think, judge and act like a leader
Complete your degree in stages
Progress into a master’s degree by enrolling in additional units
Support every step of the way
Get support from a cohort of teachers who want to see you succeed
With considerable government investments in the creative sectors, it’s vital that you have the right skills to position yourself for success.
At over 5%, Canberra has one of the largest proportions of creative knowledge workers in Australia (2016 Census) and Creative businesses in the ACT are on the rise, growing by 8.5% since 2016 (ABS 2017-2021)!
The Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries will equip you with core skills in creative leadership, networking, critical thinking and creative problem-solving, ensuring you remain at the forefront of the industry. Whether you choose to work in Canberra, or take your skills outside the city, upon graduation, you’ll be ready to take on a broad range of roles across the creative and cultural sectors.
Meet your course convenor
Denise Thwaites was awarded her PhD in 2014 and has since worked in a variety of roles across the contemporary arts sector, including positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Australia Council for the Arts. Denise has worked at both internationally and locally engaged scales, leading curatorial projects for programs such as MoneyLab (Amsterdam), This Is Not Art Festival (Newcastle), New Beginnings Refugee Culture and Arts Festival (Sydney), Next Wave Festival (Melbourne) and the ACT Government’s Creative Recovery and Resilience Program (Canberra).
Over the past twelve years, Denise has designed, developed and taught innovative courses at several Australian higher education institutions and looks forward to connecting with new students through the Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries, supporting them to define a unique pathway to success in the contemporary creative and cultural sector.
What you will learn
Choose two areas of specialisation or mix and match units to suit you (total of 8 units required).
Fine-tune your skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and negotiation and build the professional judgement needed to navigate the creative and cultural sectors with ease.
Gain the skills and confidence needed to implement effective, data-driven digital strategies across a variety of sectors.
- Digital Advertising Practices (11866)
- Social Media Marketing (11867)
- Digital Advertising & Marketing Principles (11868)
Unit of choice
Learn how to apply designing-thinking to solve business problems and master the ability to articulate your vision, instruct designers and lead with confidence.
- Visual Communication for Creative Businesses (11869)
- UX Design (11870)
- Digital and Tangible Design (11871)
Unit of choice
Heritage Materials Conservation
Heritage Materials Conservation
Develop a strong theoretical, ethical and practical understanding of heritage materials and gain skills in conservation through hands-on study.
Gain the foundational business skills needed to turn your creative ideas into commercial reality and learn what it takes to start, build and finance a creative business.
Do you want more info on application dates?
February 2023 intake
July 2023 intake
To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries, applicants must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree in any field as approved by the University
- Meet our English Language Requirements (overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 6.5 (non-standard English language requirements)).
- Recognition of prior learning and experience available.
$3,125 per unit
2023 per unit fee for Domestic Students. Fee-Help available.
You may be eligible to defer payment of your tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Visit FEE-HELP for lots of useful information about eligibility, how to apply and pay. You can apply for FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in a course.