Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertCrInd

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1858.2

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 093776D

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 1858.1 Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries

This is a unique Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries for media, marketing and creative professionals seeking an advanced introduction to the theories and practices of convergent media. 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, to prosper in the creative industries, which are now characterised by the breakdown of traditional media silos, and the transformation of media production and consumption practices.

This course is designed for communications, media and design professionals to update and enhance their current skills to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the current era. The course includes opportunities for the creative development of an interactive media project and engagement with the theories and technologies of current creative industry trends. The course offers an entry to the new world of strategic communications, exposure to new research methods and design thinking, and the possibility of a professional internship (where suitable). Students exit this course with a media portfolio and improved knowledge about methodologies and trends in the creative industries.

  • Director of Academic Program - Jacki Montgomery

Study Mode
Six months full-time or one year part-time.


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline; OR Have a minimum of 3 years full time or equivalent work experience in one of the following areas: journalism, public relations, advertising, media production, marketing, communications, media, design, visual communication, creative arts or multimedia.

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 40 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Autumn session

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

Mid year - July Commencement

Spring session

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

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