The Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Creative Intelligence seeks to broaden the knowledge and skills of the student in a range of different subject areas.

The course consists of eight Micro-credential subjects, five of which are Core and three Electives from an Elective Bank.

Each Micro-credential is worth five credit points, making a total of 40 credit points.

A micro-credential represents a shorter time frame in Volume of Learning, each micro-credential is 60 hours as opposed to a standard subject of 120 hours.

However, the course represents a total of 480 hours Volume of Learning in its entirety which equates with a standard Graduate Certificate at TUA.

Each Micro-credential takes six weeks to complete. The delivery of the course is fully online.

This qualification builds the student’s understanding of methods of enquiry and creative activity to evaluate the appropriateness of different problem-solving approaches, devising and sustaining arguments to solve such problems.

Subject learning outcomes are mapped to course learning outcomes, and assessments are designed to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved.

1.1 Rationale, including course learning outcomes and graduate employment opportunities

Title of the course of study: GCDT20 Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Creative Intelligence

The aim of the Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Creative Intelligence is to expand on our current Post Graduate course offering through the development of a suite of Micro-credentials that will make up a Graduate Certificate qualification.

The course addresses demonstrated industry demand for professionals with a range of broad skills that are needed to address the rapid demand of industries confronted with Digital Transformation. How to create a fluid, agile approach to people, process and platforms for organisations to thrive in 2020 and beyond?

A student of Digital Transformation will require a broad range of knowledge and skills across a range of areas to meet the needs of the work environment, and by using Micro-credentials we are able to offer double the number of subject selections (eight as opposed to four) than in the standard number of subjects in a current Graduate Certificate.

The unique character of the course is that it consists solely of a group of eight Micro-credentials.

The government’s recent review of the Australian Qualifications Framework noted that qualifications need to respond to current and emerging workforce and social needs, be delivered in ways that meet learners’ needs and circumstances, and be trusted by learners, employers and the community generally. The market for new forms of credentialing (such as micro-credentials) is growing rapidly.

The benefits of micro-credentials are:

  • They provide a specific, stackable credit so that learners have flexibility in sourcing learning, and can build their micro-credentials into a larger, and more recognisable, aggregated award.
  • They provide a means of evidencing not only learning or competence credited by other institutions, but can also include those attained in the workplace or in other forms of informal learning.
  • They can provide an evidence base for graduate attributes typically not referenced in degree transcripts, particularly small, discreet components of learning and so-called soft skills and specific specialist professional skills and competencies.
  • They can be applied to standards-based competencies associated with professional practice and continuing professional development.

We believe that in this instance Micro-credentials are the best solution to meet the needs of those who will be interested in this course. A Micro-credential represents a shorter time frame in Volume of Learning. Each Micro-credential is 60 hours in total as opposed to 120 hours in a standard subject. However, the course in its’ entirety totals 480 hours Volume of Learning which equates with a standard Graduate Certificate at TUA.

The aim of the qualification is to provide graduates with the following ‘soft’ skills:

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Digital Literacy
  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Technologically Agnostic
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Research Skills
  • Business Storytelling
  • Time Management
  • Leadership Skills
  • Strategic Skills
  • Ability to” join the dots”

The unique selling point of this course is that it will combine a focus on applying these ‘soft’ skills with an understanding of ‘hard’ technical skills in areas such as:

  • Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber-security
  • User Experience
  • Design Thinking
  • Creative Intelligence

In this context we see the creative component of the course as not just that which is embodied in an obvious context such as Design Thinking but rather that which is contained in a series of subjects. Students will develop their problem-solving skills in a broad range of areas of study and will learn to view problems through a series of different perspectives, viewpoints or lenses.

Students will gain vital problem-solving skills that can be applied in work environments confronting Digital Transformation. They will also develop business storytelling skills and presentation skills to address a wide variety of audiences. They will be able to put on different hats or “join the dots” as needed.

The course also embeds a consideration of the ethics of the field and a focus of issues of social responsibility.  Students will look at the future of work in the context of Digital Transformation from a managerial perspective.

Graduate employment opportunities:


The Graduate Certificate in Digital Transformation and Creative Intelligence provides graduates with a range of skills and knowledge to potentially gain mid-level employment in Digital Transformation team and management roles, such as (not limited to):

  • Digital Transformation Consultant
  • Transformation Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Organizational Designer
  • A Generalist” join the dots” employee


2. Course Overview:

Qualification Title GCDT20 Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Creative Intelligence
Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time online

Part-time online

Study Options – International students N/A
Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website

Course Length Full-time: 2 trimesters

Accelerated: 1 trimester

Part-time: 4 trimesters

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.


FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Payment Options – International students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.


Course study requirements Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study. Assessment  Practical assignments, research projects, presentations.
Locations Online Delivered by Torrens University Australia


Provider Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course Code N/A
Provider obligations Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Torrens University Australia Ltd
Course Fees For details, refer to the website.


Any other fees For details, refer to the website.

3. Admission Criteria

Title of course of study GCDT20 Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Creative Intelligence
Applicants with higher education study


The standard entry requirement is a completed qualification at AQF Level 7 (Bachelor degree) or above from an Australian University in a relevant field of study or an equivalent overseas higher education qualification or equivalent.
Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study


Applicants with work and life experience


Students without an undergraduate degree, may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate on the basis of

  • at least 3 years professional work experience in a relevant field (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; AND
  • a discipline specific portfolio (if applicable); AND
  • a recommendation letter from 2 most recent employers
  • English Language Proficiency

    (applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

    IELTS level 6.5 required, with no element less than 6 (or equivalent TOEFL, CAE or PTE).


    If ‘Special Entry Requirements’ (refer to the Admissions Policy for the definition) are an option, provide rationale:

    Special Entry Requirements allow entry to prospective students whose previous background demonstrates capacity to undertake study at this level. Explicit entry criteria have been established by which prospective students are assessed, and are published on the Torrens University website.

    4. Course Structure

    4.1. Course structure and course rules

    Title of the course of study: GCDT20 Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Creative Intelligence
    Structure of the course of study: The course structure comprises of 5 Micro-credential core subjects at level 400 and three Micro-credential elective subjects at level 400.
    Subject Code


    Subject Title


    Core or elective

    (within this course)

    Pre-requisite or Co-requisite Credit Points EFTSL


    Mode of Delivery:

    (F2F and/or  OL)

    Level 400:  
    DTR400 Digital Transformation Core   5 0.0625 OL
    DEST400 Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence Core   5 0.0625 OL
    DAAI400 Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Core   5 0.0625 OL
    DTCS400 Cybersecurity Core   5 0.0625 OL
    DTUX400 User Experience Core   5 0.0625 OL
      Elective 1 Elective   5 0.0625 OL
      Elective 2 Elective   5 0.0625 OL
      Elective 3 Elective   5 0.0625 OL
    Elective Bank includes but is not limited to the following:            
    DTIT400 The Internet Of Things Elective   5 0.0625 OL
    DTCC400 Cloud Computing Elective   5 0.0625 OL
    DTBC400 Blockchain Elective   5 0.0625 OL
    DTAM400 Agile Mindset Elective   5 0.0625 OL
    Total Credit Points 40  
    Course Rules:


    To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Digital Transformation and Creative Intelligence, students must complete 40 credit points over eight Micro-credentials at AQF 8 as outlined in the course structure above. Each Micro-credential has a value of five credit points.
    Other protocols of the course: Electives available to students in this course require approval by the Program Director (or delegate).

    4.2. Subject Descriptions

    Subject Code Subject Title Subject Descriptor
    DTR400 Digital Transformation This Micro-credential will give students an understanding of the future of the work landscape, how technology has defined and continues to redefine it through the process of Digital Transformation.

    It will help develop knowledge, skills and attributes appropriate to that landscape; both from the perspective of employability as well as in terms of leadership and strategy. ​

    It will explore the new technologies and how they are interlinked under the umbrella of Digital Transformation.​

    They will become familiar with innovative work practices and frameworks, and their associated techniques and processes.

    They will draw on insights from multiple disciplines and articulate findings and recommendations in an impactful way.

    They will develop proficiency in business storytelling and the capacity to deliver impactful presentations.

    DEST400 Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence In this Micro-credential students will explore the Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence methodology as a framework for creative problem solving within the context of Digital Transformation.

    It will step students through the iterative design process of understanding through the lens of empathy, ideation, development and delivery.

    It will expand problem solving skills through the application of both creative and critical thinking skills and will explore concepts such as convergent and divergent thinking processes.

    Students will develop the strategic thinking and entrepreneurial skills that are required for successful leadership and implement an effective work practice within an interdisciplinary group, applying the methods, processes, and tools of problem-based learning to demonstrate autonomy, collaboration, and well-developed judgment and responsibility in a Digital Transformation.

    DAAI400 Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence This Micro-credential introduces students to the areas of Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.

    They will gain insight into basic knowledge representation, problem solving techniques and explore data science processes, data ingestion, cleansing, and transformation fundamentals that turn data analytics into insights to drive decision making.

    Students learn techniques and best practices in the analysis of data sets which are useful for crucial organisation decisions.

    They will explore how data and tools can be used to solve complex, real-world business problems through the application of machine learning, algorithms and other Artificial Intelligence techniques.

    Students are also challenged to understand the ethical and privacy issues related to machine learning and artificial intelligence.

    DTCS400 Cybersecurity This Micro-credential introduces the principles of Cybersecurity.

    Students explore the scale of the Cybersecurity challenge globally, including the social factors informing individual, organisational, and international attitudes towards Cybersecurity.

    Students will:​

    • examine risk and governance frameworks and Cybersecurity strategies​
    • create a risk treatment plan and an incident response plan​
    • review and apply Cyber prevention strategies and techniques​

    The entire development lifecycle of IT systems in a secure environment will be examined, including secure design methodologies, software development models, architecture design and industry ‘Secure by Design’ standards.


    DTUX400 User Experience This Micro-credential develops conceptual knowledge and skills in User Experience Design.

    Students will use industry standard User Experience Design research methods to analyse both audience and content requirements. They will examine qualitative and quantitative research methods and will explore personas, mindsets, customer journeys and user touchpoints.

    Students will develop their knowledge and skillset in terms of creating usable and user-centered design experiences and will gain insight into the processes that lead to improved User Experience and its application in both physical and online environments.

    DTIT400 The Internet of Things This Micro-credential introduces the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) and of the underlying connections between people, process and platforms that can drive the digital transformation of organizations.

    Students will be introduced to the key technological components underpinning IoT and how their implementation can serve a business strategy by increasing organizational efficiencies, improving coordination and driving productivity.

    Students will gain the capacity to articulate how key IoT technologies can improve organizational productivity and add value, to recommend strategies for developing the necessary skills and foundational capabilities to support the implementation of IoT technologies within an organization and to create a road map for the implementation of IoT in a business context.

    DTCC400 Cloud Computing This Micro-credential provides a fundamental understanding of Cloud Computing. Students will explore how cloud computing infrastructure has evolved from traditional IT infrastructure and the business advantages and disadvantages that it brings. Students will gain knowledge of the different cloud segments and service models, architectures/platforms and cloud deployment models and of the key players active in the market. They will learn to assess how the various models can be applied to solve particular business problems and to make ‘fitness for purpose’ decisions based on a comprehensive understanding of user case needs.


    DTBC400 Blockchain This Micro-credential examines the core concepts and principles of Blockchain and of its potential emerging trends in areas such as financial services, smart contracts, supply chain logistics and other fields where an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way may be useful.  While not offering an examination of the deeper mathematical and cryptographic principles underlying Blockchain technology, students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals and potential impacts of Blockchain to implement a ‘secure by design’ distributed computing system with high fault tolerance. This will provide a deeper understanding of the capabilities and limitations of blockchain technology, enabling students to assess which business problems it can potentially solve.


    DTAM400 Agile Mindset This Micro-credential introduces the principles of Agile Mindset methodologies for Project Management. Agile Mindset uses an iterative process that breaks down projects into small pieces that are completed in work sessions that run from the design phase to testing and quality assurance (QA).  Agile Mindset is a project management methodology that involves securing client feedback in every step of the project development process.

    Students will critically evaluate a range of Agile Mindset methods and their suitability to particular types of projects. They will examine the processes, tools and artefacts used in Agile Mindset project management and discover which methods are most appropriate to the particular problems to be solved and how they can best contribute to project success.


    5. Mode of Delivery and Delivery location

    5.1. Mode of Delivery

    Title of the course of study: GCDT20 Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Creative Intelligence
    Mode 1 Face-to-face delivery – supported by e-learning resources (i.e. each subject has a face to face component). No
    Mode 2 Online delivery – all subjects can be completed entirety without face-to-face contact Yes
    Mode 3 Hybrid delivery – some subjects have a face-to-face component and other subjects delivered entirely online. No
    If hybrid delivery, what percentage of subjects are delivered entirely online?


    NOTE: Hybrid delivery is limited to a third of the course if offered to international students (National Code Part B, Standard 8.19).


    5.2. Delivery location/s

    List TUA campuses where the course will be delivered, including online:


    6. About Torrens University and MDS

    6.1. Torrens University Australia

    Today Torrens University Australia is renowned for its pioneering spirit and high employability rate across a variety of design disciplines, including Branded Fashion, Communication Design, Digital Media Design, Interior Design, Games Design, and Software Engineering. Courses are developed by some of the industry’s best designers and lecturers who work in leading agencies.

    6.2. Gain Real Industry Experience

    Torrens University Australia enjoys a strong connection to the industry, with opportunities to develop as a professional, work in class on real world projects and grow your own network of industry contacts and clients before you graduate.

    6.3. Learn in a Supportive Environment

    At Torrens University Australia you get specialist design courses by designers for designers. Industry experts teach and mentor students, showing them the ropes with industry-relevant skills and super handy career advice.

    Torrens University Australia lecturers don’t just teach; they act as mentors to help you achieve your goals. Committed to your success, your lecturers will work closely with you throughout your study.

    Classes are kept small, to ensure that you get individual attention when you need it.

    In addition, you have access to industry-standard design computer labs and studio spaces, as well as a well-stocked resource centre to further enrich your learning experience.

    6.4. Campus Facilities and Services

    All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

    Facilities and Services include:

    • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
    • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
    • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
    • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
    • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities and vending machines
    • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.

    The service includes:

    • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
    • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
    • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities

    6.5. Success Coaches

    Our Success Coaches are industry and education experts who leverage your strengths to align your learning with your broader life purpose. With a focus on career goals, and trained in Gallup Strength methodologies, your Success Coach will take a strengths-based approach to helping you set your learning and career goals.

    Partnering with you for the duration of your studies, the Success Coach is here to make sense of all of the learning experiences.  All of our coaches are industry professionals, which will give you that inside edge you’ll need to be successful in your chosen career.

    Irrelevant of how you like to learn, our coaches are there for you.  Coaching can take place online, or on campus.  Our main priorities are to make sure that you are always well connected and motivated, that you are successfully completing your desired subjects, and that you gain valuable knowledge and experience through participation and engagement, whilst always aligning to your natural talents.

    6.6. Graduate with an Impressive Portfolio …

    At Torrens University Australia, you develop knowledge and skills that are relevant to the industry. You also gain valuable exposure to the industry through the university’s industry partnerships.

    … and a Career Advantage

    Employers recognise that Torrens University Australia graduates are highly creative and competent, and have what it takes to hit the ground running.

    Employers regularly contact Torrens University Australia when looking to hire, so job opportunities may be communicated directly to you – often even before you graduate.

    A positive student experiences

    Torrens University values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be access from the website.

    6.7. Paying for your qualification

    We offer two payment options for this course:

    6.7.1. Upfront payment

    If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.

    6.7.2. FEE-HELP

    FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

    It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

    Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

    FEE-HELP website

    FEE-HELP booklets

    6.7.3. Austudy and Abstudy

    Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.