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Diploma in Creative Industries

Want to work in marketing, design, the arts or media? This program gives you an introduction to the creative industries, and shows you how to build a skillset and plan your own career.

In this program you will:

  • Learn about communication, technology, information management and teamwork, and put your skills into practice by developing a business proposal for an innovative new product or service in the creative industries
  • Explore your career options with elective courses in media, journalism, writing, visual communication, graphic design and more
  • Upon successful completion, receive direct entry and up to 96 units of credit* towards USC's Bachelor of Creative Industries
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Location

Duration

1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2023 fees ($AUD)

A$14,281 - 2023 Fees CSP
CSP

QTAC code

015701 014701

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
8
Total units
96
Duration
1 year 1 year
UniSC program code
UC102
Program structure
Introductory Courses (3)

UCC101 Academic and Professional Skills: Planning for Success
UCC102 ICT for Academic and Professional Applications
UCC105 Innovation: Addressing Challenges

Required courses from a specified list (5) 60 units

Select 5 discipline courses from the following:

CMN101 Introduction to Creative Entrepreneurship
CMN104 Introduction to Screen and Media Industries
CMN105 Creative Production
CMN107 Communication for the Creative Professional
CMN116 Playing with Words: an Introduction to Creative Writing Craft
DES103 Fundamentals of Photography
DES105 Design Methods
DES107 Drawing Practice
FSH100 Introduction to Key Concepts of Fashion



Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

Student profile

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Additional entry information

Applicants who have already completed a higher education qualification (AQF Level 5 and above, or equivalent), excluding VET sector diplomas, are not eligible for entry into this program.

Proficiency in the English language is required for entry to all programs and courses and any international or domestic applicant from a non-English speaking background must satisfy the University's standard and program specific English language requirements.

* Maximum credit is possible only if you select relevant discipline electives in the Diploma that are required courses in the Bachelor degree, including in majors and minors; and also on the choice of major and minor. Credit might be limited due to insufficient elective space for introductory level courses.

Program requirements
In order to graduate you must:
  • Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Maximum credit towards the Bachelor of Creative Industries is possible only if you select relevant discipline electives in the Diploma that are required courses in the Bachelor degree, including in majors and minors; and also on the choice of major and minor. Credit might be limited due to insufficient elective space for introductory level courses.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to USC Pathways Diplomas - Inherent Academic Requirements

USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Actor
  • Creative director
  • Creative entrepreneur
  • Entertainment industry professional
  • Music industry professional
  • Performance creator
  • Publisher
  • Screen media professional
  • Theatre worker
  • Writer

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$14,281 - 2023 Fees

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to USC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 015701
Moreton Bay 014701
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Flexible learning options
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Student story

“I had no idea that I would experience so much personal growth, nor that I would have the chance to be a part of many valuable experiences that would shape my future and who I have become.”