Arts - 7325

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 0.5 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 24


Graduate Certificate in Arts (Specialisation)

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Program Description

The program for the Graduate Certificate in Arts (program 7325) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers the following areas of study:
  • Interpreting and Translation (School of Humanities and Languages)
  • International Relations (School of Social Sciences)
  • Linguistics (School of Humanities and Languages)

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Graduate Certificate is made up of postgraduate courses that extend and deepen students' existing skills, knowledge and understanding in professionally relevant fields of study, as well as teaching advanced skills in research and analytical thinking. It is equally suitable for people wishing to switch to an academic or professional field different from the one they studied at undergraduate level. The Graduate Certificate can serve as a pathway to higher degree research for students who have not completed a four year BA(Honours) with a research component in the relevant area of study.

Program Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Arts is available in a number of disciplines. Students are required to enrol in one of the areas of study and to complete four courses from the listed options.

The minimum period of enrolment is one semester and the maximum period three semesters. You must enrol in at least one course in each semester.

Academic Rules

1. The Graduate Certificate in Arts may be awarded by the Council to a candidate who has satisfactorily completed a program of advanced study.

2. (1) A candidate for the Graduate Certificate shall have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Standing Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (hereinafter referred to as the Committee).

(2) In exceptional cases, an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic or professional qualifications as may be approved by the Committee may be permitted to enrol for the Graduate Certificate.

(3) If the Committee is not satisfied with the qualifications submitted by an applicant, the Committee may require the applicant to undergo such assessment or carry out such work as the Committee may prescribe, before permitting enrolment.

Enrolment and Progression
3. (1) An application to enrol as a candidate for the Graduate Certificate shall be lodged with the Registrar at least two calendar months before the commencement of the semester in which enrolment is to begin.

(2) To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate, candidates must obtain over a period of study of no less than one semester, four courses offered within the Graduate Certificate program. The maximum period of candidature shall be three academic semesters from the date of enrolment. In special cases an extension of the times may be granted by the Committee.

(3) A student enrolling in a course must satisfy the prerequisite or corequisite requirements in that course. These requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Head of the School/Unit concerned.

(4) The progress of a candidate shall be reviewed annually by the Committee and as a result of the review the Committee may cancel enrolment or take such other action as it considers appropriate.

Advanced Standing
4. Students seeking advanced standing must submit documentary evidence of courses completed at the time of initial enrolment. Faculty will then determine the number of units of credit to be granted. Advanced standing will not be granted for courses completed more than six years previously. The maximum advanced standing for a Masters is 18 uoc (equivalent to three courses), a Graduate Diploma is 12 uoc (equivalent to two courses) and a Graduate Certificate is 6 uoc (equivalent to one course).

5. The Grad Cert forms part of an approved sequence of articulated programs comprising the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters degree in the same area of specialisation. A postgraduate student enrolled in an articulated program may progress from Graduate Certificate to Graduate Diploma to Masters level with full credit for courses completed in earlier programs in the sequence.

6. Candidates shall pay such fees as may be determined from time to time by the Council.


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Further Information

Not available to International applicants - not a full-time program except Graduate Certificate in Arts (Interpreting).

Area(s) of Specialisation