Bachelor of Creative Writing

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

Professional formation for ambitious writers within and across genres, preparation for industry, entrepreneurial projects and literary arts/publishing fields.

Deakin's Bachelor of Creative Writing provides a practice-based and theoretically strong preparation for professional writers working in specialised literary/publishing fields and industry, and for entrepreneurial contexts. Students engage in practice ranging from narrative-driven works to experimental innovations, editing, creative nonfiction and script writing, as well as new takes on traditional genres of poetry, and short and extended fiction writing. In the final year, students work on studio projects to develop and extend their style and craft, as well as doing creative research work and producing professional-standard publications for digital platforms and page.

The course encourages identifying and pursuing opportunities for writing/editing in new media, cross-genre experimentation and creative production with an awareness of entrepreneurial initiative and know-how. Collaboration, robust practice, professionalism and creative sustainability are emphasised at all levels. Students hone skills necessary to work with interdisciplinary teams in writing, film, drama and new technologies. The course prepares dedicated writers for fourth-year solo projects in Deakin's selective Honours program, and for postgraduate pathways in creative writing research and production.

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Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Burwood: 61.05
Waurn Ponds: 59.05
Cloud: N/A

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Looking to start studying in 2017?

Find the Trimester 3 version of this course on our Trimester 3 course page

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Creative Writing

Year

2018 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
Learn more about fees.

VTAC code

1400314121 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514121 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614121 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code

A316

CRICOS code

095259J

Level

Undergraduate

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course Structure

Students must complete 24 credit points as follows:

  • 18 credit points of compulsory core units
  • 6 credit points of elective units
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

18

Core units

6

Electives

24

Total units

Core

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Level 1

  • Writer's Toolkit: Craft and Creativity ALW101
  • Writing Spaces: Paradigms and Provocations ALW102
  • The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others ALL101
  • Level 2

  • Designing Fictions ALW225
  • Scriptwriting: Character, Event, Consequence ALW227
  • The Lyric Essay: Playing with Ideas ALW223
  • Level 3

  • Studio Writing Project ALW394 (2 credit points)
  • Producing Digital Anthologies: From Concept to Publication ALW396 (2 credit points)
  • Core options

    Complete three 1-credit units chosen from the following list:

  • Digital Photography ACI102
  • Design Skills ACG103
  • Sex and Gender: Ideas That Changed the World AGS101
  • Improvisation: Principles in Action ACP109
  • From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Revisions ALL102
  • Literature for Children and Young Adults ALL153
  • Making Social Media ALM101
  • Complete five 1-credit point units chosen from the following list with at least 1 level 3 unit:

  • Poetry: Events in Language ALW242
  • The Role of the Editor ALW205
  • Writing for Young People ALW252
  • Gender, Sex and Literature ALL256
  • Writing for Games: Designing Quests and Characters ALW251
  • Fantasy Literature ALL255
  • Adaptation and Solo Performance ACP206
  • Web Design and Interactivity ADV201
  • Experimental Writing Lab ALW395
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship A ACC317
  • Electives

    Complete six electives, of which at least two must be 2nd or 3rd level

    We suggest students complete at least 4 units in a subject area different to their degree, preferably a linked sequence of study in the same area. This choice can include units from any degree in the University but is best chosen from the subject areas in the Bachelor of Arts. Electives can be used to:

    • Explore fields of study and ideas that inspire you. You may consider history, literary studies, philosophy, creative arts such as dance, photography, film and so on, gender studies, children's literature, journalism, design, language (other than English) or other fields.
    • complete a 4 unit suite that complements the main study.
    • complete a number of units that have some degree of coherency by completing at least two units in one area of study.

    Entry requirements

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

     

    Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    In order to be considered for admission to an honours degree, applicants must have completed the requirements for an undergraduate degree or equivalent, and have results that indicate they are capable of undertaking an honours program.

    Applicants are also advised to read further information and complete the requirements which is found at the School of Communication and Creative Arts web page.

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Writing, you may find employment in freelance editing and writing, in traditional/online publishing, in corporate and government organisations as a researcher and writer/editor, in media, entertainment and other arts organisations in a range of writing/editing roles, and in the education sector at various levels.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply knowledge of creative writing modes and theories and their production in the context of professional, historical, cultural and stylistic frameworks, including skills in composition, editing, presentation and aspects of publication

    Communication

    Communicate through writing that is technically and aesthetically proficient and demonstrates awareness of, or ability to extend, established writing conventions to produce works that communicate effectively using suitable written forms and techniques

    Digital literacy

    Employ a range of generic and industry-specific digital technologies for the research, production and presentation of creative materials, including technologies for the innovative generation or dissemination of work, or those required in various professional contexts

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate competencies in the production of texts and discourses informed by rigorous research, close reading, critical thinking and analysis, and by selecting and applying the appropriate creative writing forms and conventions

    Problem solving

    Analyse and respond creatively to editorial or publishing briefs or opportunities by employing creative and professional writing or communication strategies to identify, solve or reframe aesthetic, theoretical or real-world challenges and limitations

    Self-management

    Demonstrate responsibility for personal learning through autonomy, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development, as a reflective practitioner in the Professional and Creative Writing industry and scholarly and other contexts

    Teamwork

    Actively participate and make constructive contributions to processes of creative and critical collaboration within or across disciplines, sharing of peer feedback in writing workshops and online forums, and demonstrate professional and ethical negotiation with collaborators and colleagues

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate ethical global citizenship and awareness of cultural diversity and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and in professional roles and community collaborations

    Approved by Faculty Board December 2014

     

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.

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    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Course pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).  It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Offered campuses

    Burwood

    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


    Geelong Waurn Ponds

    Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of Geelong, boasting expansive landscaped grounds.


    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

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