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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Japanese)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

Gain fascinating insights into Japan’s rich culture and history

With Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Japanese), you can study Japanese without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Japanese) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of Japanese. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in Japanese if you wish.

Massey’s GCertArts (Japanese) will equip you with advanced language skills in spoken and written Japanese, along with a solid understanding of the cultural background of this complex and powerful society. 

You can expect to acquire competence equivalent to Level Two of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Nihongo Noryoku Shiken).

Learn a globally relevant language

The increasingly multicultural nature of society means it is important to learn about new languages and cultures, and how they interact with your own. Massey’s Japanese programme shows you the world from the Japanese perspective, and how Japan has interacted with the rest of the world. Our study materials are relevant to Australasian students, so you’ll gain skills applicable to your own communities.

Interactive study and supportive tutors

Whether you study on campus or by distance, you will learn from supportive, passionate academics who produce digital study materials complete with exercises, audio, videos and presentations. Your lecturers deliver live online tutorials/lectures at various times - evenings, lunch times and weekends - to fit with your busy schedule. They ensure that you don’t have to learn on your own and that everyone can practise speaking Japanese in a shared environment.

Combines culture and language

Language doesn’t exist in isolation, and becomes more powerful when it is learnt in a cultural context. You’ll use film, anime and literature to examine social, historical and political developments. Through exploring this context, you’ll also explore your own culture and identity.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in learning about how the past affects the way we live now
  • Enjoy subjects such as English, Japanese and social studies
  • Are keen to know more about a specific area or region of Japan


With a GCertArts (Japanese), you’ll have career prospects in many areas, including:

  • Business
  • Development
  • Education
  • Foreign affairs
  • Trade and commerce
  • Tourism
  • Policy analysis

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