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Diploma of Arts DART

Program focus

For Arts students

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time or external

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Program aims

For Arts students

The program aims to produce diplomats who have:

  • demonstrated competencies in communication skills necessary
    for further academic study in appropriate discipline areas

  • acquired basic knowledge in one or more disciplines in a relevant
    degree program.

For students intending to transfer to other USQ programs

This program aims to:

  • provide students with an introduction to university study by
    a free selection of courses from across the University.

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Program objectives

To produce diplomats who have:

  • an awareness of the nature of study in the arts, humanities,
    and social sciences

  • developed foundation knowledge, skills and competencies in at
    least one discipline area

  • a fundamental ability to express thoughts with clarity and coherence
    in written and/or oral forms

  • acquired sufficient knowledge to make informed choices about
    possible further study.

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Program structure

The Diploma of Arts comprises eight units of study, generally
requiring completion of eight courses, one of which is a core course.
The remaining seven units of courses come from USQ course offerings.
While students may choose any seven courses, it is recommended that
study is chosen from three discipline areas unless students plan to
complete seven units from a major study in a single discipline area.
The Diploma of Arts articulates into other Faculty of Arts degree
programs and may articulate into programs from other faculties. Students
are advised to discuss their course choices with the Program Coordinator
to ensure optimal articulation pathways. In particular, courses can
be chosen from the following discipline areas.

Category Major/Discipline* Faculty
Humanities Applied Media Arts
Communication and Media Studies Arts
Creative Media Arts
English Literature Arts
Indonesian Language Arts
Indigenous studies Arts
Journalism Arts
Language and Culture (German or Mandarin Chinese) Arts
Music (Theory and History) Arts
Public Relations Arts
Theatre Theory Arts
Visual Arts Theory Arts
Social Sciences Anthropology Arts
Australian Studies Arts
Community Welfare and Development Arts
Community Engagement and Transformation Arts
Contemporary International Studies
Early Childhood Education
Educational Studies Education
Further Education and Training Education
History Arts
International Relations Arts
Popular Culture Arts
Primary Education Education
Sustainable Economics & Policy Business
Special Education Education
Biological Sciences Biology Sciences
Human Biology Sciences
Human Physiology Sciences
Physical Sciences Physical Sciences Sciences
Psychology Psychology Sciences
Environment and Sustainability Environment and Sustainability Sciences
Business Accounting Business
Administrative Management Business
Business Law # Business
Finance Business
General Commerce Business
Human Resource Management Business
Information Technology Management Business
International Business Business
Management and Leadership Business
Marketing Business
Supply Chain Management Business
Sustainable Business Business
Sustainable Economics and Policy Business
Tourism Management Business
General Engineering Agricultural Engineering Engineering and Surveying
Buildings and Structures Engineering and Surveying
Civil Engineering Engineering and Surveying
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Engineering and Surveying
Electronic Manufacturing Engineering and Surveying
Environmental Engineering Engineering and Surveying
Geographic Information Systems Engineering and Surveying
Land Use Management Engineering and Surveying
Mechanical Engineering Engineering and Surveying
Surveying Engineering and Surveying

* In some areas, it might not
be possible to complete the normal major study requirements for professional
accreditation. Permission to undertake some majors or disciplines
or courses of study might be subject to meeting the pre-requisite
Springfield campus only.
#Students taking the Business Law discipline should
select from the following courses: LAW1101 Introduction to Law (compulsory), LAW2104 Business and Consumer Law, LAW2106 Law of Business Organisations, LAW2107 Environmental Law,LAW2301 e-Law or LAW3104 .

Note: Nursing and Teaching Practice courses are not

Note: In order to identify individual courses for first
major/discipline codes, you will need to consult the relevant Faculty
section of this Handbook.

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Core courses

Commencing students must complete CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship or equivalent in their first semester
of study.

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Exit points

This program can be used as an exit point for all USQ programs,
where a student has completed at least eight courses.

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