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Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

2 years part time or equivalent 

Campuses

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Course information

The Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing provides students with the skills to write across a range of genres and writing styles.  Students will graduate with a portfolio of writing showcasing their knowledge and skills in Creative Writing.

The Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing will advance and consolidate knowledge of Creative Writing theories, practice and skills for the conception, crafting, production and dissemination of creative writing outputs. Students will understand the complexities and opportunities of industries, which employ creative writers and possible careers within an international and domestic context.

The units in the program will be valuable for those experienced in writing but who may feel the need for further guidance, or those interested in beginning a career in writing.  The School adopts the philosophy that writing and editing should be taught by published writers and practitioners. The teaching staff includes well-known writers and editors, and the program draws on the talents of other publishing professionals as guest speakers.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing, students must complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

  • 6 core units
  • 2 credit points of electives chosen from units within the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

6

Core units

2

Elective units

8

Total

Core units

  • Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay ALW730
  • Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out ALW732
  • Script Writing ALW734
  • Advanced Poetics ALW736
  • Editing ALW738
  • Foundations in Professional and Creative Writing ALW740
  • Electives

    2 credit points of electives chosen from the units offered in the specialisations of Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    A636
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    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 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate 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. To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants should check the Entry and English language requirements.

    Admission Requirements Specific Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
    • a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
    • at least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    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)

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

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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.

    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

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply general and specialised knowledge of creative writing modes and theories and their production in the context of professional, historical, cultural and stylistic frameworks, including technical 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 complex ideas effectively using suitable written forms and specialised techniques. 

    Digital literacy

    Employ a range of generic and specialised industry digital technologies for the research, production and presentation of creative materials, including technologies for the innovative generation or dissemination of complex ideas and works, or those required in various specialised professional contexts. 

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate specialised 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 to provide solutions to complex problems or specialised writing briefs. 

    Problem solving

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

    Self-management

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

    Teamwork

    Actively participate in 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 June 2014

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Credit for prior learning

    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.

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