Arts Education

Professional Certificate

An arts teacher with a guitar teaches a class

There will be no intake for this course in 2018.

The Professional Certificate in Arts Education involves a critical inquiry into arts-based engagement, learning and pedagogy. You will engage with issues, practices and theories about learning in and through the arts in diverse settings.

This course is relevant to arts education specialists, generalist teachers, artists, community educators and other practitioners who work with children and young people. It offers you the opportunity to focus specifically on music, the visual arts, drama, media or dance.

Led by arts specialists with many years of professional experience as educators, researchers and art practitioners, this course is based on the latest developments in research, policy, advocacy and practice in arts education in early childhood, school and community contexts.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (2.3mb PDF)

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree and a fourth-year level teaching qualification, or equivalent, or
  • A four-year teaching degree or equivalent.

Applicants with a degree in an area other than education but who work in a related profession are encouraged to apply.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

  • 1 year part-time
  • 25 points of coursework, comprising 2 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Professional Certificate in Arts Education.


On completion, you will:

  • be able to effectively articulate and justify your educational practices as a skilled professional
  • understand the significance of developing your practice using evidence-based research
  • have highly developed analytical and problem solving skills
  • demonstrate a capacity for independent critical thought, inquiry and self-directed learning
  • be able to participate fully in collaborative learning and confront unfamiliar problems
  • show openness to new ideas, intellectual curiosity and creativity.


After completing this program, you may be eligible for 25 points of credit towards a relevant graduate certificate or masters qualification such as the Master of Education.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start year intake, 2018


Round 1 closes: 31 October 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017


Round 1 closes: 31 July 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Mid-year intake, 2018


Applications are now open for the 2018 mid-year intake. Closing dates are yet to be confirmed.


Applications are now open for the 2018 mid-year intake. Closing dates are yet to be confirmed.

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.