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|Award granted||Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|Indicative annual fee 2014||$21,860* AUD|
|CRICOS course code||055182A|
IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent.
|VTAC Codes||1400314123 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place|
1400514123 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
|Deakin course code||A316|
|Faculty contacts||Deakin International|
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
|For students commencing from 2008|
Deakin's Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing) aims to provide the qualities and attributes that will enable you to work both in specialised fields, and across professional boundaries.
Initially you will undertake various forms of constructive, descriptive and narrative writing, progressing to editing, creative non-fiction and script writing as well as the traditional genres of poetry and fiction writing.
You will develop broadly based skills in the processes of writing and revision, and gain expertise and practical experience across a range of genres, styles and professional environments. In all writing and editing units, the emphasis is on publication or the achievement of professional standards.
The course will encourage you to explore new communication technologies both in the practical realms of professional communication and in cross-genre experimentation and creative production.
You will also learn the practical skills necessary to support, create and collaborate in work across a range of forms, in writing, film, drama and new media.
As part of the course you are required to complete a sub-major selected from areas of Children's Literature, Film Studies, Journalism or Literary Studies.
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.
In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.
For students who commenced from 2008 to 2011 refer to the handbook of the year you commenced.
For students commencing from 2012
To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing) a student must complete 24 credit points of study, including:
Select 8 credit points from the following listed units for the Professional and Creative Writing major:
Level 2 & Level 3
Students will then select a further 6 credit points, ensuring at least 2 credit points are undertaken at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3 from the following:
|ALW225||Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out|
|ALW223||Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay|
|ALW227||Script Writing: Focus On Fiction|
|ALW240||Poetry: Making It Strange|
|ALW393||Writing Project A|
|ALW205||Editing and the Author|
|ALW394||Writing Project B|
Trimester 1 or trimester 2
|ALX321||Creative Industries Internship *|
The following electives in related writing areas may be taken in addition to the prescribed major sequence:
Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3
|ALW117||Writing for Professional Practice **|
Trimester 1 or trimester 3
|ACV211||Texts and Images II: in Quest of Story and Image ***|
|ACC301||Freelancing in the Arts ****|
|ACV110||Texts and Images 1: Ways of Seeing, Reading and Telling Stories|
*Internship units are normally undertaken in third level (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements.
**** ACC301 not offered 2014, re-offered 2015 subject to approval.
Select ONE parallel study from the four listed below:
|ALL153||Literature for Children and Young Adults|
|ALL154||Power Politics and Texts for Young People|
|ALL230||Re-Imagining Literature for Young People|
Select 4 from the following including both level 1 units:
|ACM120||Moving Pictures: Screening Film History|
|ACM112||Writing with the Camera *|
Trimester 1 or Trimester 2
|ACM217||Documentary Production Practice|
|ACM237||TV Studio Production|
|ACM236||Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis|
|AAM220||Cinemas and Cultures|
* ACM112 offered in Trimesters 1, 2 and 3.
Select 4 from the following including both level 1 units:
|ALJ111||Contemporary Journalism A *|
|ALJ112||Contemporary Journalism B|
|ALJ216||Research for Writers|
Trimester 1 and Trimester 3
|ALJ217||Editing and Design|
*ALJ111 also available in trimester 2 at Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (online).
|ALL101||The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others|
|ALL102||From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions|
|ALL201||Love, Death and Poetry|
|ALL202||Writing Modern Worlds|
Students to also consider a second major or 4 credit point submajor sequence as an elective from the following list to support their studies in the Professional and Creative Writing degree:
Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units ASC160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
This course has pathways from the following institutions: Box Hill Institute TAFE and Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, from the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. Other TAFE pathways apply. For more information refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System.
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.