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Pathways to University from Sydney Art School

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University Entry with Certificate or Diploma Qualifications

If you didn't get the marks you wanted to enter University then an art course at Sydney Art School could be for you.

Most Australian Universities recognise completed Certificate IV, Diploma & Advanced Diploma qualifications that have been awarded under the Australia Qualifications Framework. 

Sydney Art School has had many graduates use qualifications to gain places in Bachelor level courses at Australian Universities.

The rules vary for each University and further in on this page we show a sample of major universities and their stated policies.

University Credits for Diploma & Advanced Diploma Courses.

 In addition,  most Australian universities will also give course credits or "Advanced Standing" based on your qualification. 

Course credit agreements need to be negotiated on an individual basis.  If you are entering a course in the same or a related discipline, the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recommends using the following as the basis of negotiations:

• 50% credit for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree linked to a 3 year Bachelor Degree
• 37.5% credit for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree linked to a 4 year Bachelor Degree
• 33% credit for a Diploma linked to a 3 year Bachelor Degree
• 25% credit for a Diploma linked to a 4 year Bachelor Degree. 

You can read the detail in the AQF Qualifications Pathway Policy.

Qualifications Recognised for Entry to Undergraduate Programs

The table below shows a sample of major Australian Universities and their support for entry into undergraduate degrees courses based on an AQF Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma Qualification.

Institution

Certificate IV

Diploma

Advanced Diploma

University of Sydney   y y
 University of NSW    y  y
 Macquarie University  y  y  y
 University of Western Sydney  y  y  y

Here is an extract of the rules from each University;

University of Sydney

"Applicants who have completed a Diploma in Australia with an average pass result (or overall result of Competent) can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 75.

Applicants who have completed an Advanced Diploma in Australia with an average pass result (or overall result of competent) can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 76."

https://www.sydney.edu.au/study/how-to-apply/undergraduate/recognised-qualifications.html#vet

University of NSW

"Competency based qualifications may be considered for admission to programs with a lowest selection rank of 80"

https://www.sydney.edu.au/study/how-to-apply/undergraduate/recognised-qualifications.html#vet 

Macquarie University

"Completed college and TAFE NSW qualifications are a valuable stepping-stone to a Macquarie University degree ... we recognise the full range of AQF Accredited Awards including Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Diploma and Associate Degree."

 https://www.mq.edu.au/study/non-school-applicants/getting-into-university/entry-pathways

University of Western Sydney

"The university still considers VET and other higher education studies for admission, regardless of the area of study in relation to the degree being applied for."

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/tertiaryeducationpathwaysandpartnerships/home/background

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