Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)

Course summary for current students

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

 Trimester 1 or Trimester 3


ALW101Writing Craft

Trimester 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

1/2 Electives

Trimester 2

ALW102Writing Spaces

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas (ACC101 also offered in trimester 3)

1/2 Electives

And one of:

Trimester 1

ALL101The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others


Trimester 2

ALL102From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions

Notes: Students need only complete one of ALL101 or ALL102

Level 2 

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ALW225Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW227Script Writing: Focus On Fiction

*ALW225 offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) in trimester 1 and Burwood (Melbourne) in trimester 2.

**ALW227 offered at Burwood (Melbourne) in trimester 1 and Waurn Ponds (Geelong) in trimester 2.

Trimester 1

ALW223Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALL201Love, Death and Poetry

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts (also offered in Trimester 2 from 2016)

Note: ACC200 Freelancing in the Arts is a level 2 unit which is normally taken in the third year of full time study

Trimester 2

ALW205Editing and the Author

3 Electives

Level 3

Trimester 1

ALW393Editing Collaborations: Producing An Anthology

ALW395Experimental Poetics

1 Elective

Trimester 2

ALW394Creative Research Project (2 credit points)

2 Electives


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