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Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipCrInd

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1857.2

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 093775E

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2018 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2017 - please refer to 1857.1 Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries

This is a unique Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries for media, marketing and creative professionals wishing to substantially reorient, enhance or develop their current skills to respond to the challenges and opportunities in the creative industries. To prosper in the current era, which is characterised by the breakdown of traditional media silos, and the transformation of media production and consumption practices, media professionals are now required to understand and connect with their audiences across broadcast, online, mobile and other channels and to integrate new platforms and social media into their mix.

The Graduate Diploma comprises 80 credit points of study either part time or full time. You will develop advanced strategic thinking capacity, build skills and resources, and explore the specifics of innovation in the creative industries. You will also learn how to leverage these skills and capacities in a range of environments: commercial, government, and third sector. You will extend your experience portfolio, building advanced capacities in creative/conceptual enterprise, strategic communication, new research methodologies and media production. There are opportunities to develop high-level strategic plans for real-world organisations, to deliver a multi-platform/convergent media product and to intern professionally in the field. From mobile to social media, from gaming to strategic communication, you will acquire a thorough knowledge of methodologies and trends in the creative industries.

  • Director of Academic Program - Jacki Montgomery

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.

Course Advice

Dr Roger
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetPart TimeInternal See above


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in communication, information technology, society and culture, creative arts, public relations or marketing; or Have a minimum of five years full time or equivalent work experience in one of the following areas: journalism, public relations, advertising, marketing, media production, communications, media relations, design, visual communication, creative arts or multi media.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Start Year - February Commencement

Autumn session

101423Media Project Proposal
102519Adaptive Leadership, Management and Team Work

Students can exit with a Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries at this point.

1858 - Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries

Spring session

101745Media Project Production
101962Researching Convergent Media

Choose one of

102300Foundations of Media Arts Production (PG)
101426Convergent Media Internship
101743Mobile Media

Mid Year - July Commencement

Spring session

102300Foundations of Media Arts Production (PG)
101743Mobile Media
101962Researching Convergent Media
101426Convergent Media Internship

Students can exit with a Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries at this point.

1858 - Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries

Autumn session

101423Media Project Proposal
102519Adaptive Leadership, Management and Team Work

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