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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Graduate Diploma in Art History

Inspire your intellectual creativity with art

Works of art are portals of discovery that offer insights into past and present societies and cultures. Images and objects are repositories of our histories, revealing the things that seduce us, challenge us, inspire us, and communicate the complexity of human creativity.

This one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) program provides an introduction to the study of art and visual culture. We offer courses on campus and online that explore Renaissance art in Italy and Northern Europe, eighteenth-century European art during the Enlightenment, and global perspectives on contemporary art.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Diploma in Art History is taught by academic staff at the University of Adelaide and enriched by the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia. You will:  

  • complete one core course and three electives of your choice
  • explore the making and meaning of diverse images and objects—from painting and sculpture to street art and digital media
  • build analytical and interpretive skills
  • undertake independent study projects on campus or online
  • learn from passionate, research-active art historians.

Where could it take you?

This could be your first step towards a Master of Arts (Studies in Art History) or Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies), opening doors to a wide range of new and enhanced career opportunities. You could pursue roles in galleries, museums and auction houses. You might move into arts journalism or policy development. Perhaps you’ll work in marketing and communications or use your knowledge as a creative foundation area for primary and secondary teaching.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Graduates are equipped with transferable knowledge and skills in art historical methods and theories, and critical thinking, writing, and speaking, as a pathway for Masters coursework in art historical research or curatorial and museum studies, as well as careers in public, private and commercial galleries and museums, marketing and communications, auction houses, arts journalism, arts policy development, and a creative foundation area for primary and secondary teaching.

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Potential careers
Arts Administrator, Curator, Art Gallery Education Officer, Art Historian, Artist, Arts Educator, Arts Management

PSW Opportunity

NA

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 7 Writing 7

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27
 
Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0 OR successful completion of the Professional Certificate in Art History