Diploma in Arts (DipA)

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Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies).


The Diploma in Arts program is designed to provide students with an introduction to Arts courses to enable them to explore their options before taking on further study. On completion of the degree, and provided students complete 6 units of Level I courses in two separate study areas and achieve a GPA of 4.0 or higher, these courses can count toward a major and minor upon transfer into the Bachelor of Arts program.

Students complete 24 units of Level I courses with 21 units comprising courses in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics and a Core Competency Course of 3 units which may be in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics or another Faculty. Depending on the courses studied, students may then be granted 24 units (1 year) of credit upon transfer into the Bachelor of Arts.

If a student successfully completes the Diploma in Arts and wishes to enter a program in another Faculty, this will be subject to the approval of the other Faculty.

The Diploma in Arts is an AQF Level 5 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Understand a broad and coherent body of knowledge across Arts disciplines.
2. Develop creative and critical thinking to identify and solve problems within complex social contexts using academic techniques of inquiry involving a variety of data sources.
3. Communicate effectively in a range of spoken and written modes and formats within discipline and professional contexts in a variety of social, cultural and linguistic situations and contribute productively to group-based outcomes.
4. Demonstrate a developing understanding of career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for beginning professional practice including: 4.1 information technology skills to access, store, manage, analyse and present data, and to communicate effectively with others 4.2 applying academic rigour, self-direction and intellectual independence.
5. Identify social and cultural issues and their ethical implications.
6. Demonstrate the capacity to operate with personal and professional integrity in a range of social, cultural and linguistic contexts.
7. Understand and apply their own personal capabilities through processes of self-appraisal, and demonstrate sustaining productive and respectful relationships.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Diploma in Arts

There shall be a Diploma in Arts.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Diploma in Arts and enable progression into a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting on the following requirements with a combined total of no less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core Competency Course to the value of 3 units
  2. Arts courses to the value of 21 units