What you will learn

Gain contemporary skills and knowledge for your job now.

Recognising and protecting Indigenous cultural and creative Intellectual Property is key to the continuation, reclamation and revitalisation of Indigenous culture and cultural expression.

Centring Indigenous approaches to learning and creating, this Melbourne MicroCert provides an understanding of Intellectual Property in Indigenous creative and cultural practices with a focus on cultural management.

It’s valuable for anyone seeking to respectfully engage with Indigenous knowledges, creative arts and music practice and practitioners, and to support the protection and reclamation of Indigenous culture, heritage and creative practice.

Learn to source information with appreciation of interconnectedness

Develop the skills and capabilities to source knowledge with, and for, Indigenous communities while appreciating its relationality and interconnectedness, including with Country, beyond a Western framework. Engaging with diverse case studies, you'll examine protocols of knowledge finding and explore the significance of Country in reclaiming, reviving and restoring Indigenous knowledge and cultural and creative practices in Australia.

Understand how to safely preserve knowledge

Learn different approaches to knowledge safe keeping, including via digital means. Discuss issues and protocols surrounding access, responsibilities and gatekeeping, as well as reflect on the role of unconscious bias in cultural management.

Engage in Indigenous technologies and creative practice

Using making as a way of learning and enacting cultural safety, you'll engage in a weaving activity, plus hear stories about how these skills were learned and reawakened. You'll collect and prepare the weaving material, research and engage with Indigenous technologies from Country, and learn weaving techniques to create an object for gathering. You'll follow cultural protocols throughout and reflect on the making practice.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academics and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Tiriki Onus

Yorta Yorta man and Head of Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development

Tiriki is a successful visual artist, curator, performance artist, opera singer and lecturer in Indigenous Arts and Culture at the Victorian College of the Arts. At the Wilin Centre, he fosters innovation in research, development, advocacy and presentation of Indigenous arts and cultural practice. In 2015 he was the inaugural Hutchinson Indigenous Fellow, and is Associate Dean, Indigenous in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and co-Director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures.

Dr Megan McPherson

Lecturer in Art and Intercultural Research

Megan is a settler artist, intercultural researcher and educator, and has taught at university level since 1996. Her focus is in printmaking, textiles and installations, and publishes in the areas of identity, social media use, Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies, and learning and teaching experiences in the creative arts. Megan is based at the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Art and Cultural Development, and the Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge, or ask us about stacking toward a full degree.

The Wilin Online Cultural Literacies series

The Wilin Online Cultural Literacies series centres Indigenous approaches to learning and creating. Each Melbourne MicroCert in the series features an act of material making designed to spark conversation, develop cultural literacies and foster respectful engagement with Indigenous knowledges.

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For individuals

To take Indigenous Cultural and Creative IP as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes Oct 20, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Indigenous Cultural and Creative IP, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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21 August – 1 October 2023

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