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Course summary

Looking for a career in the humanities and a pathway to a Bachelor Degree in arts, media, social sciences, welfare, social work or education? 

The one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences gives you the opportunity to develop academic skills while focusing on either education, arts, community welfare, social work, digital media or social sciences through the choice of a specialisation.  

Successful completion of the Diploma will guarantee you entry and up to eight units of credit towards a Southern Cross University Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Digital Media, Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Social Work or the Bachelor of Community Welfare.

The Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences is offered through SCU College, where we understand that learners have diverse experiences and ways of learning. The College connects you to your peers and supports your study success through additional workshops to assist with academic and study skills.

DurationLocationSession

1F/2P

Gold Coast1, 2
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2
DurationLocationSession

1F/2P

Gold Coast1, 2
Lismore1, 2

Students complete core units and choose a specialisation in one of the following areas:

  • Arts
  • Community Welfare*
  • Digital Media
  • Education
  • Social Sciences.

 *Students seeking a pathway into Social Work should complete the Community Welfare specialisation.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical judgment and creative thinking to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media settings.

Creativity

Exercise critical judgment and creative thinking to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media settings.

Ethical practice

Apply ethical and sustainable values and practices within defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media settings.

Knowledge of a discipline

Apply theoretical, technical knowledge and skills within defined contexts within the fields of education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work in defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media contexts.

Communication and social skills

Communicate information, concepts, and solutions, individually and/or in a team within defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media contexts.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media contexts.

Assessment tasks vary from unit to unit and can include essays, reports, audio or video presentations, class participation, individual and group work, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations. Assessment items are in accordance with learning outcomes and designed to ensure that all the graduate attributes are assessed throughout the course. The performance criteria, grading standards and due dates for assessment tasks are included in each Unit Information Guide. Students receive timely feedback on their assessment submissions.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Graduates are well prepared for entry-level roles in a range of industries including administrative support and advocacy; professional services in education; positions in advertising, media and communications such as a social media intern or media officer; in arts and cultural organisations; as community workers, support or project workers; in local government in admin roles; or as sales assistants.

Graduates can further their studies at the Bachelor level. Successful completion of the Diploma will guarantee you entry and up to eight units of credit towards a Southern Cross University Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Social ScienceBachelor of Digital MediaBachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of EducationBachelor of Social Work or the Bachelor of Community Welfare.

Career outcomes for all these Bachelor degrees are diverse - from teaching to social work, media and cultural industries. See each degree for more details.

Notice

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'

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