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Monash University

Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Culture

Course code: 0166 ~ Course abbreviation: PGradDipVisCult ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course offers a qualification to those engaged with visual art and with visual culture, or to those seeking cultural studies in galleries, museums and the cultural industry, film and screen studies.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete 48 points comprised of four units chosen from the list below:

  • CRT4760 Gender, body and performance
  • FTM4042 Historical film theory and criticism
  • FTM4052 Contemporary film theory and criticism
  • VAM4000 Research essay in visual culture
  • VAM4010 Visual culture and its theories
  • VAM4020 Theory of art history and criticism
  • VAM4021 Beyond the museum: Institutions and insurrections
  • VAM4023 Visual culture internship
  • VAM4030 Themes in nineteenth-century Australian art
  • VAM4050 Twentieth-century Australian modernism
  • VAM4070 Australian postmodernism
  • VAM4084 The culture and imagery of cities
  • VAM4100 Issues in Australian architecture and heritage
  • VAM4290 Cultural theory and visuality
  • VAM4830 Exploration and immigration in the cultural imaginary

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


For further study options please contact the School of English, Communication and Performance Studies or visit

Course coordinator

Leigh Astbury