Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code055182A
Deakin course codeA316

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. The final level's focus is on exploring and taking risks with individual writing styles, plus developing creative research projects and publications.

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 working towards industry standards appropriate for publication and the writing/editing industry.

The course will encourage you to explore opportunities for writing/editing in new media, 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.


Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Professional Writing for Work 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.

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

Course rules

For students commencing from 2015:

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

  • 15 credit points of compulsory core units
  • 9 credit points of elective units
  • 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
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education

For students commencing prior to 2015 click here for the 2014 course rules.

Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:

Core units

Level 1

ALW101Writing Craft

ALW102Writing Spaces

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

Students to select 1 unit from:

ALL101The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others

or

ALL102From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions

Plus 3 electives

Level 2 

ALW223Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALL201Love, Death and Poetry

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

ALW227Script Writing: Focus On Fiction

ALW225Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW205Editing and the Author

plus 2 electives

Level 3

ALW393Editing Collaborations: Producing An Anthology

ALW395Experimental Poetics

ALW394Creative Research Project (2 credit points)

plus 4 electives

 

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