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CL04 - Graduate Certificate in Creative and Professional Practice


At a glance

Designed with current and future arts management and community arts professionals, creative and performing arts practitioners and others in the creative arts industries in mind, the Graduate Certificate in Creative and Professional Practice (Major) will allow you to enhance your capacity to operate professionally and/ or artistically in the creative industries in a variety of professional and creative roles.

Study modes Online
Units/credits 4/24

Arts Management, Arts and Heritage Tourism, Arts Social Innovation, Creative Practice

Availability Online Study
Duration 0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time
Intake dates March, July

External students will be consulted and may be offered support through non-compulsory, on-campus workshops.

Not all majors are available for Term 1 or Term 2 entry for full-time students. Please visit our CQUni handbook website for more information.

Career opportunities

Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Creative and Professional Practice (Major) will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in fields such as:

  • arts education
  • arts management
  • community arts
  • curatorial practice
  • events management
  • fashion.

Further opportunities exist in a wide range of creative practice areas including: creative writing; editing and publishing including digital storytelling and writing for stage and screen; film and television; photography and the visual arts; theatre arts; music composition and performance; arts event design and delivery; arts curriculum development; curatorial and exhibition practice.



Benefit from completing a substantial professional-level creative and/ or professional work-related project, often in association with external arts industry or other relevant partners.

With an opportunity to major in an area relevant to your interests, you can choose from:

  • Arts Management
  • Arts and Heritage Tourism
  • Arts Social Innovation
  • Creative Practice

Why Study Creative Enterprise at CQUniversity

Our Creative, Performing and Visual Arts courses foster the creativity and passion needed for our students to build meaningful and successful careers in the arts locally, nationally and internationally.

Putting you in the spotlight

At CQUniversity, you will never be just a number or a face in the crowd. Our courses will put you on centre stage where your creativity, talent, ambition and enthusiasm will be encouraged and nurtured. Our modern facilities encourage you to be innovative and visionary, and provide the right environment for you to hone your craft and learn about the art form you are specialising in.

Connected with industry

Our courses are regularly monitored and updated to ensure they remain in line with current industry practices. CQUniversity's creative, performing and visual arts academic staff are often still contributing to, and working within, the industry.

Practical experiences

CQUniversity's creative, performing and visual arts courses will provide you with the right mix of theory and practical experience so that you graduate work-ready.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete one core unit and three units from your relevant major.

Students wishing to commence full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries and Professional Practice should check the More Details tab in the CQUni handbook for Term 1 and Term 2 availability, for your preferred major.

All majors are available for Term 1 and Term 2 intake for students commencing part-time study.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Graduate Certificate in Creative and Professional Practice course please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this course, call 13 27 86.

Work integrated Learning

Optional internships are available to both on-campus and online students as part of a number of majors. These will typically take place in creative, professional and/or community arts organisations.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Entry requirements

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry to this course you must have completed a bachelor degree (or an equivalent qualification) or have satisfied the Executive Dean (or nominee) of your competence to undertake the course on the basis of an equivalent qualification or experience.

For example, equivalence may be determined by a combination of:

  • an academic record in a diploma or certificate award of appropriate content standards; or
  • published or unpublished material of appropriate content and standard; and/or
  • non-award professional development activities and/or work experience.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study, direct to CQUniversity.

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

Register your interest

Key dates

30 APR
Online Chat Session
23 MAY
Online Chat Session