AQF Level 8 Award

The GradDipArts enables graduates to apply theological knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning.

Graduate Diploma of Arts

CRICOS 063707K

The Graduate Diploma of Arts (GradDipArts) is an AQF Level 8 award. It is designed primarily 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 theological studies to enhance their professional work.

Graduates will be able to apply a body of theological knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning.

Credit Points



1 year full-time or 3 years part-time

Fee Information

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students
View information on fees

Study Terms

View study term and census dates

Award Specifications

View program and the specific regulations

An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Graduate Diploma of Arts shall:

  • have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian Tertiary institution; or
  • hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award;
  • 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;
  • hold a Vocational Graduate Certificate (VET accredited) and be granted provisional admission.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Sydney College of Divinity Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Arts if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Sydney College of Divinity Student Support and Administration Committee.

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 Sydney College of Divinity Academic Board.

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.

The Graduate Diploma of Arts requires the completion of 8 units (72 credit points).

  • All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study from 8500 and 9600 series.
  • 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.
  • Students who enter the program from a Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Ministry, Master of Divinity or equivalent course cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their earlier studies.

Graduates will have:


  • an advanced understanding within a coherent body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice; this may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.


  • cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
  • review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide resources towards resolving complex problems
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas
  • apply specialised and creative skills in Christian living and ministry
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of theoretical concepts in theology
  • transmit theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas to a variety of audiences

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

  • the ability to
    • make high level, independent judgments
    • where the course is taken with specialisation, plan and evaluate activities and projects within a particular ministry setting.

A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Arts. Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the Sydney College of Divinity award.

Exit points

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

Articulation to other awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Arts offered by the Sydney College of Divinity, on completion of which students are required to surrender their GradDipArts.

The Graduate Diploma in Arts is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.

A domestic student at Sydney College of Divinity 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.

International students

International students are subject to the conditions of their Australian student visa and are required to maintain a full-time enrolment of 4 units (36 credit points) per semester, including a minimum of one unit per semester in face-to-face mode, and at least two-thirds of the total units in face-to-face mode. If you are planning to enrol as an international student, you have the responsibility to ensure that you comply with your visa conditions at all times. Learn more about your responsibilities, rights and what studying in Australia can offer you. Not all our teaching institutions offer study programs for international students. Check out the locations and courses offered to international students, and for more information email us at


Find a Course
Back to top