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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleGradDipCivCer
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Judy McNicoll


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.


In addition to providing an understanding of cultural variation and sensitivities in public statements of lifecycle events, this course prepares celebrants to plan and conduct public ceremonies of grief, such as funerals, and ceremonies of recognition, such as weddings, namings and majority. The course is designed to provide the training required to practise as a civil celebrant in Australia.


Students completing this course will have:

  • an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • developed sound analytical skills
  • developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of four 12-point core units.


Students complete:

  • APG4729 Rites of passage: Culture and celebrating life cycle events
  • APG4730 Life cycle events: Literature, music and life stories
  • APG4731 Celebrant and client: Legal, ethical and personal issues
  • APG4732 Professional celebration of rites of passage

As each unit in this course has an assessment component in performance and presentation skills, all students must present a video tape or DVD of the activity to be assessed.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course with a minimum credit average are eligible to apply for entry into course 4038 Master of Civil Ceremonies.

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with course Graduate Certificate in Civil Ceremonies.


Graduate Diploma in Civil Ceremonies