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Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries


Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries

Whether you've worked within the creative industries for years, hold a creative media qualification and seeking to deepen your knowledge to pursue greater career prospects, SAE's Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries is the next step to defining your creative niche.

Completing two of the four trimesters of the Master of Creative Industries, the graduate diploma provides a strong pathway to the master’s program.

Throughout the course, you'll learn from industry thought-leaders, collaborate with your peers, extend your network through our global reach and solidify your own reputation within the creative media industry.

The Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries offer a progressive, learning experience like that of no other. With the benefit of no defined discipline specialisations, we'll guide you to select modules that meet both your individual creative and professional aspirations.

Choose to deepen your knowledge and skills within your existing discipline or compliment this experience with cross-discipline electives. Your tailored course will consist of:

  • Core modules significant to all creative practitioners
  • Electives focusing on creative practice, innovation, entrepreneurship and marketing.
  • Discipline specific electives across Audio, Film and Games.

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Driving you to explore and further your ideas, practice-based learning framework will consist of interactive online modules, collaborative peer learning projects and occasional intensive on campus workshops.

As an SAE student you will have access to SAE's industry-leading campuses, filled with the latest equipment and software.

All ideas need a place to grow and people to nurture them and our reputation as the leading global specialist in creative media education comes from 40 years of pioneering creative minds.


Graduate Outcomes

As an SAE graduate, you will be prepared to take on strategic and leadership roles within the creative industries. You will be aware of new developments and be able to research and troubleshoot trends and opportunities.

You will also have the entrepreneurial and communication skills to take your personal vision to the next stage. The contemporary media environment is complex and exciting. It looks for leaders who are willing and able to explore, test ideas and respond to new possibilities. Your training will have made you a conscious innovator.

You may be eligible for an exit award of Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries upon completion of the first trimester.


Dr Christy Dena


Lecturer Spotlight

Dr Christy Dena is an acclaimed writer-designer-director who has worked on award-winning pervasive games, film, digital and theatre projects. A mentor to industry professionals around the world; Christy is published in numerous books and given keynotes and presentations at film, tech, writing and gaming festivals worldwide.

Her original award-winning projects include apps, installations, board games, and live games. Her experience spans across well known international clients, including Cisco, Nokia, Wieden+Kennedy, ABC, and many more.

Christy was granted Australia's first Digital Writing Residency at The Cube for her project 3D Kinect installation "Robot University" by the Australian Council for the Arts and QUT. In 2012 she was the "Digital Writing Ambassador" for the Emerging Writers Festival; and a prototype of her web audio adventure for the iPad "AUTHENTIC IN ALL CAPS" was finalist for "Best Writing in the Game" Award at the Freeplay Independent Gaming Festival.

Christy is just one of the mentors of SAE's Master of Creative Media Industries.


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SAE's Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries is structured as an 80 credit point program, which you can choose to study on a full-time or part-time basis.

If studying full-time the course is delivered over a minimum two, 40-credit point trimesters (approximately 7 months). Talk to us to discuss what your part-time study load will look like.

You may be eligible for an exit award of Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries upon completion of the first trimester.

Stages of Animation Degree

Course Structure

The course has been designed to meet both your individual creative and professional aspirations with the choice of discipline and non-discipline specific electives and core modules to provide the appropriate foundation for your capstone project.

Core Modules:

Core modules are taken by all students regardless of their discipline specialisation. This allows you to not only extend or deepen your speciaised knowledge and / or skills but engage with students from other disciplines to broaden them. Practical based modules underpin the program (Graduate Studio 1, Graduate Studio 2). This is supported by parallel research and critical perspective module (Critical Inquiry).


Choose to deepen your knowledge and skills within your existing discipline or complement this experience with cross-discipline electives. To compliment your discipline skills, there is a suite of common electives in innovation, entrepreneurship and marketing.

Of your ten electives, one is mandated (The Creative Practitioner) and another is from a selection of entrepreneurial and marketing electives. The other eight electives may be drawn from a wide selection of non-discipline specific and discipline electives across Animation, Audio, Film and Games.

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Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries (MC8D4)
Trimester 1 - (Select four electives)
Graduate Studio 1The Creative PractitionerCreative Inquiry
Trimester 2 - (Select four electives)
Graduate Studio 2Critical Inquiry
  • Creative Industry Unit
Trimester 1
Graduate Studio 1
The Creative Practitioner
Creative Inquiry
Trimester 2
Graduate Studio 2
Critical Inquiry
  • Creative Industry Unit

Key Info


    2 Trimesters


    Feb 2019

    May 2019

    Sep 2019


    Enrol By: 04 Feb 2019

    Start Date: 04 Feb 2019

    End Date: N/A



Entry requirements

Applicants for Postgraduate courses must satisfy three of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Australian Bachelor degree or higher in Media Production;
  2. Australian Bachelor degree or higher in a non-related field, as well as demonstrated skills and expertise in Media Production.

   Application Requirements:

  1. Evidence of qualification;
  2. CV detailing skills and expertise in Media Production (with weblinks to online portfolio/showreel)

Alternate Entry

SAE recognises that learning may be acquired from both formal study and professional experience. Applicants without a bachelor degree can apply for Alternate Entry to the Graduate Certificate and, on completion, apply to transfer to the Graduate Diploma or Masters.

Experience Based Entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. 'Enquire Now' or call 1800 723 338 directly for more information.

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