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Graduate Certificate of Arts

A single graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Minimum 24 Units

Studied over one semester full-time, or part-time equivalent, the Graduate Certificate of Arts is a flexible graduate program that provides a foundation for further practical and theoretical studies in the arts. With specialisations across all School of Art & Design disciplines, this program can form the basis for future graduate study in a cognate Master’s program.

You can choose from four disciplines in which to specialise: Art History and Curatorial Studies, Design, Digital Arts, or Visual Arts.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Arts, students will have developed the appropriate disciplinary knowledge and acquired advanced skills to:

  1. critically apply theoretical frameworks and research techniques to understanding national and international issues and problems;
  2. relate a field of study in the arts, humanities or social sciences to its wider cultural and societal context;
  3. critically evaluate ideas and develop creative solutions to complex problems; and
  4. communicate and debate complex issues both orally and in writing using a variety of media.

Further Information

Design Specialisation, Digital Arts Specialisation and Visual Arts Specialisation

Entry to these specialisations requires successful assessment of a portfolio of works and other supporting material. Before applying, applicants should consult the ANU School of Art & Design website where the requirements are listed and supporting material submission information is detailed:

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7.

Entry to the Design Specialisation, Digital Arts Specialisation and Visual Arts Specialisation requires successful assessment of a portfolio of works.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students


Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Arts requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of one of the following specialisations:

Art History and Curatorial Studies


Digital Arts

Visual Arts


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