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Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies

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Location Bentley
Study method Part-time or full-time
Study mode Mixed on- and off-campus, on-campus, off-campus, online and partially online
Intake February or July

This course can be undertaken part-time commencing in semester 1, or full time commencing in semester 2. International students can only commence in semester 2 on a full time basis.

Duration 6 months full-time

This course is for those working or intending to work with Indigenous Australian people. Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies (IACS) offers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the cultural diversity and ways of Indigenous Australians, communities and organisations.

It examines the cultural, social, economic and political contexts and issues confronting Indigenous Australian people. The dynamic and complex environment in which Indigenous Australian people are positioned is considered through an Indigenous Australian perspective.

All the units in this major are underpinned by principles of social justice and are informed by emergent Indigenous Australians critical theory. They are highly recommended to students interested in a professional career working alongside Indigenous Australians.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

A bachelor degree or equivalent. Those with other qualifications, experience and expertise will be considered for admission, but may be required to complete additional foundation units.

Students studying Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies as their primary major in the Bachelor of Arts will study their first year with the Media, Culture and Creative Arts First Year Stream.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $8,800*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. 100 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

The multi-disciplinary approach makes the course relevant when dealing with issues concerning cultural management.

If you are looking at working in industries that involve working with Indigenous communities such as in mining, education or health, a well-rounded understanding of cultural and community protocols will be considered favourably by employers.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • This Graduate Certificate value-adds to most undergraduate degree courses particularly in areas like humanities, health and social sciences.
  • Students enhance their knowledge, competence and skills for culturally appropriate practice with diverse Indigenous Australian groups, communities and organisations.
  • An understanding of Indigenous issues on a national and local level is explored which will give you a solid foundation for embarking on research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

More information about Indigenous Studies