The Graduate Certificate in Tourism is an 18-unit course which is part of the Graduate Program in Tourism offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The course may be taken in intensive mode over one semester full-time, or the equivalent part-time.

Students must enrol in one of the following streams:

The Graduate Certificate in Tourism articulates with the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Tourism and the 72-unit Master of Tourism.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution which includes a major in tourism or a related discipline (eg hospitality). However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances, and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The course aims to meet the professional development needs of graduates with an interest in tourism. It draws on both theoretical and practical material and provides the opportunity for students to apply both the principles and the practical aspects of the course in a number of specialisations in tourism.

In addition the course aims to:

  • introduce tourism concepts and examine how they reflect the arts, culture, environment, and/or heritage of a place
  • provide students with a broad understanding of the role of specialised fields in tourism, both in Australia and worldwide
  • produce graduates who will act ethically as professionals within specialised fields of the tourism industry
  • provide opportunities to apply both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to specific case studies both on and offshore
  • instil management and marketing skills necessary for professional endorsement within the industry

Learning outcomes

The course is professionally oriented and is intended for people currently employed in tourism or festival and event design and management, those who would like to be so employed and those who have an interest in developing knowledge and skills in one of the areas of specialisation.

Upon graduating, students will be able to:

  • review and critically analyse current issues and trends in tourism;
  • evaluate the role of tourism in an international context;
  • initiate, develop and implement effective festival and event, business and/or interpretation strategies;
  • enter the workforce as skilled and knowledgeable festival and event and/or tourism professional practitioners;
  • undertake their work in an ethical way within the fields of festival and events and/or tourism.

Credit

Students who have successfully completed the Industry Certificate in Festival and Event Design and Management at Flinders University may be eligible to receive 4.5 units of credit for the topic TOUR8111 Essentials of Festival and Event Design and Management in the Festival and Event Design and Management stream, and those who have completed the Industry Certificate in Interpretation may be eligible to receive 4.5 units of credit for the topic TOUR8115 Essentials of Interpretation in either stream. 

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Tourism, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

Stream - Tourism  

Core - Year 1 topics

 TOUR8116  Essentials of Tourism  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8118  Destination Image and Tourism  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8125  Issues in Contemporary Tourism  (4.5 units)

Plus one of:

 TOUR8114 Tourism Research Methods (4.5 units)*
 TOUR8115 Essentials of Interpretation (4.5 units)

* Students who want to continue on to the Graduate Diploma in Tourism and/or Master of Tourism must enrol in TOUR8114 Tourism Research Methods.

Stream - Festival and Event Design and Management

Core - Year 1 topics

 TOUR8111  Essentials of Festival and Event Design and Management  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8112  Festival and Event Design and Management Practice A  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8113  Festival and Event Design and Management Practice B  (4.5 units)

Plus one of:

 TOUR8114  Tourism Research Methods  (4.5 units)*
 TOUR8115  Essentials of Interpretation  (4.5 units)

* Students who want to continue on to the Graduate Diploma in Tourism and/or Master of Tourism must enrol in TOUR8114 Tourism Research Methods.