Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries


We are pleased to introduce our latest post-graduate course - the Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries (GDCI). The GDCI is part of the multidiscipline Master of Creative Industries program aimed at creative practitioners of all disciplines (we have graduates in Fine Art/Illustration, Music, Film Making and TV, Journalism, Photography, Graphic Design, Jewellery and Object Design, Curators and more).

The GDCI will build on your creative networks, strengthen your knowledge of applied creative research, critical thinking and extend your practice with supervisory guidance from experts in your field. These skills are vital to succeed within the competitive creative industries – enrol with us to get ahead, and stay ahead.

Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries (GDCI) – Objectives

The GDCI is about getting YOUR high-quality creative work OUT into the world, both locally and internationally. The GDCI will help you consolidate your own creative identity while simultaneously giving you the tools to position your work in the real-world arts community. This begins locally, where you will become a part of the fertile arts community that is Melbourne Polytechnic, Fairfield Campus, a rich place for collaboration and creative-centric work.

In the GDCI, you will begin work on a major creative project with real commercial outcomes. You will be supported to test these outcomes via navigating creative theories, instigating professional project design principles and developing entrepreneurial and creative business strategies.

You will work closely with a mentor—a leading expert in your field—to develop a major project over 2 semesters either as a fine artist, designer, writer, musician, jeweller, film maker, curator or other creative arts professional. You will incorporate and overlay your own creative practice into your study; it’s all about your choices and your creative development.

Upon completing your graduate diploma, likely areas of employment lie within creative enterprises, as an arts professional, a practicing artist, a self-employed arts entrepreneur or within the public service sector and/or academic creative arts related fields.

Become a creative arts entrepreneur, a leader in social innovation. Gain support in undertaking research in your OWN creative field. Connect with your creative arts community, both locally and internationally. Make it happen in the GDCI.

There are three thematic streams:

  • Applied Research
  • Creative Practice
  • Creative Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

There are three embedded exit points for the MCI, which are:

  • Graduate Certificate of Creative Industries (one semester/48 Credit Points)
  • Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries (two semesters/96 Credit Points)
  • Master of Creative Industries (three semesters/144 Credit Points)

Career Pathways

You will find employment through creative enterprise, as an

  • arts professional
  • practising artist
  • self-employed arts entrepreneur
  • arts in the public service sector
  • academic creative arts employment

Pathways to Further Study

Once you have graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries you may choose to go onto further study our Master of Creative Industries. Once you have graduated with a Master of Creative Industries you may choose to go onto further study such as undertaking a PhD in the Arts or other related field.

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Full-time: 12 months

Part-time: available

Class Schedule: *

Tue - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Combination, Classroom


Per Semester: $8800
Per Year: $17600

Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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We will provide a list of required materials and books at the start of the course.

You will have access to PhD qualified staff, accounting software packages, journal databases and other library collections

Entrance Requirements

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in a Creative Arts discipline or other appropriate area such as Arts Management, Arts Education, with a credit average awarded by a recognised university or TAFE. For more information, applicants are encouraged to attend one of Melbourne Polytechnic's Information Sessions.

Alternatively (for prospective applicants without a completed undergraduate degree) - candidates may enter the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate by demonstrating a minimum of five years full-time equivalent work or creative practice experience in creative and performing arts or in an industry position related to creative and performing arts.

Pathways to further study

Once you complete a Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries you may choose to go onto further study such as a Master of Creative Industries.

Career Pathways

You may find employment through creative enterprise:
  • arts professional
  • practising artist
  • self-employed arts entrepreneur
  • arts in the public service sector
  • academic creative arts employment

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

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This qualification aligns with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 8.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).