Graduate Diploma of Arts

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The Graduate Diploma in Arts degree is a 8 unit (i.e 1 year) postgraduate award. It requires the completion of the Grad Cert of Arts; though generally such students would enter the Master of Arts. It is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology, and who are seeking skills in Orthodox theological studies to enhance their professional work. Upon successful completion of this Grad Diploma, students may enter and have their units counted towards the Master of Arts degrees.

Graduate Diploma of Arts (GradDipArts)

Award Summary: AQF Level 8

Entry Requirements

  • A three-year AQF Level 7 award in any discipline
  • Students with an SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts may enter the program. To receive the award they are required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and hand back the GradCertArts upon graduation
Duration
  • 1 year (2 semesters) full-time
  • 3 years (6 semesters) part-time
Structure
  • 72 credit points (i.e. 8 units)
  • The course may be taken with or without a specialisation. A specialisation in the GradDipArts comprises 36 credit points in a sub-discipline with at least one 9600-series unit.
English Proficiency

Applicants who have obtained qualifications from institutions where English is not the language of instruction require a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 with no result below 7.0. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Fees

See our Tuition Fees.

Enrolment

Students must be enrolled in order to undertake a unit of study. Applications for admission should be made by contacting the registrar.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge

  • Specialized knowledge or practice in one or more theologically related area.
  • A thorough knowledge of theology generally that will form the basis for independent further learning.

Skills

  • Cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:
    • review, reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with a theologically-related body of knowledge
    • Critically think and evaluate complex ideas.
      transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to a variety of audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

  • the ability to:
    • apply knowledge and skills at a high level.
      where the course is taken with specialisation, plan and evaluate activities and projects within a particular ministry setting.
Admission to Candidature
  1. Applicants for admission to candidature for a degree of Graduate Diploma of Arts shall:
    1. have completed an AQF Level 7 award in Theology from an accredited Australian tertiary institution, or
    2. hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award, or
    3. hold an SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts: to receive the award a student is required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and hand back the GradCertArts upon graduation
    4. hold a Vocational Graduate Certificate (VET accredited) and be granted provisional admission.
  2. Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for a degree of Graduate Diploma of Arts by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Administration Committee may determine.
  3. In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a degree of Graduate Diploma of Arts if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Administration Committee.
  4. A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.
  5. No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.
  6. Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.
  7. Application for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma of Arts program is made to the Registrar of the St. Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College.
Course Structure
  1. The Graduate Diploma of Arts requires the completion of 8 units.
    All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study from 8500 and 9600 series.
  2. The course may be taken with or without a specialisation. A specialisation in the GradDipArts comprises 36 credit points in a sub-discipline with at least one 9600- series unit.
  3. Students who enter the program from a BTh, BMin, MDiv or equivalent course cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their earlier studies

Please consult the registrar for more information.

Period of Candidature
  1. The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be one year full-time and up to three years part-time.
  2. In certain circumstances the Student Administration Committee of the SCD may grant extensions.
Leave of Absence
  1. The Student Administration Committee of the SCD, at the recommendation of St. Cyril’s may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Diploma of Arts. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.
  2. The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.
Assessment
  1. The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board of the SCD in line with its established guidelines for assessment packages.
  2. Students may be required by the Academic Board of the SCD to present themselves for oral examination.
  3. Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalized severely in accordance with the regulations of the SCD.
Credit for Previous Study
  1. A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Arts.
  2. Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Graduate Diploma of Arts
Delivery of Units
  1. Units are delivered in weekly lectures on campus.
  2. Units are also offered via distance education (inline) mode. Some units may require a compulsory on-campus component.
External Studies

The requirements of specific units in majors and sub-majors can also be fulfilled if a student undertakes an equivalent unit at another member institution of the SCD or at a university or recognised tertiary institution after consultation with the Registrar and subject to Faculty approval.

Exit Points

Students enrolled in the GradDipArts may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Arts provided they have met the requirements of the award.

Saving Clause

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity

The following is a sample course program for a full-time student (8 units). Also note our unit offerings vary year by year.

Semester 1Semester 2
T8501 - Introducing TheologyT8581 - Church Fathers: An Introduction
H8510 - The Early ChurchP8501 - Introduction to Pastoral and Practical Theology
A8510 - Introduction to Biblical HebrewC8506 - Psychology and Leadership
B8530 - Introduction to the New TestamentB8520 - Introduction to the Old Testament

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