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Graduate Diploma in Arts

Key information

Level of study:
Graduate
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 year
Start date: 17-February-2020
Campus:
University of Canterbury
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Course details

Summary

The Graduate Diploma in Arts offers people who hold a bachelor's degree in a major in an unrelated area the opportunity to study arts in-depth, choosing from over 30 subjects.

The GradDipArts is designed for graduates seeking to qualify for entry to postgraduate qualifications in arts, to change career direction, or to extend or upgrade their existing qualification/s.

How do I plan my degree?

Students normally take courses from the Bachelor of Arts schedule B. They are required to pass courses totalling a minimum of 120 points; of these 90 points must be at 300-level, including 60 in a single subject.

A maximum of 15 points towards the GradDipArts may be taken from subjects not in the BA schedule. Normally all courses would be from the same subject.

Subjects and courses

The GradDipArts requires a total of 120 points from the courses listed in the BA schedule B. At least 90 points must be from courses at 300-level, and 60 must be within a single subject from the list below.

Contact the College of Arts for information about these subject areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History and Theory
  • Chinese
  • Cinema Studies
  • Classics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • English
  • English Language
  • European and European Union Studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Māori and Indigenous Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Media and Communication
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Te Reo Māori

Further study

This qualification is an ideal pathway into postgraduate study.

Career Opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Entry criteria

Entry to the Graduate Diploma requires a bachelor's degree, which does not need to be in the same area of study. If you gained your qualification overseas, this will need to be assessed to ensure it is of an equivalent standard.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 50, and no communicative skills score below 42

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