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Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code055182A
Deakin course codeA316

For students commencing 2007

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.


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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.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing) a student must complete 24 credit points of study, including:

  • at least 12 credit points of Professional and Creative Writing units selected from a specified list including core units ALW101 Writing: Finding a Voice  and ALW102 Writing: Telling a Story and a minimum of 2 credit points at level 3
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the course-grouped units for Arts (in effect this means that up to 8 credit points may be taken outside the recognised Faculty of Arts and Education major sequences)
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • at least 14 credit points at level 2 or above
  • at least 4 credit points at level 3

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Course structure

12 credit points from the following list of Professional and Creative Writing units:

Core units
Level 1
Trimester 1

ALW101 Writing Craft  

Trimester 2
ALW102 Writing Spaces  

Levels 1, 2, 3
Trimester 1

ACV211 Texts and Images II: in Quest of Story and Image  ****

ALJ216 Research for Writers  

ALJ313 Media Law and Ethics  

ALW223 Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay  

ALW225 Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out  

ALW227 Script Writing: Focus On Fiction  

ALW240 Poetry: Making It Strange  

ALW393 Writing Project A  

Trimester 2

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)

ACV110 Texts and Images 1: Ways of Seeing, Reading and Telling Stories  

ALW205 Editing and the Author  

ALW392 Theorising Creativity  

ALW394 Writing Project B  


Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice  *


Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ALX321 Creative Industries Internship  **


Trimester 3

ALL379 Representing Australia  ***


* ALW117 is only offered in Warrnambool in trimester 2.

** ALX321 - Internship units are normally undertaken in third year (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of 6 units in the specific discipline major sequence. Students also require permission from the discipline supervisor.

*** ALL379 is offered via cloud (online) teaching mode only - there will be no face-to-face teaching

**** ACV211 is not offered 2014, re-offered 2015 subject to approval.


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