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Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)

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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
For students commencing from 2008

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.


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.


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.

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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

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:

  • a major sequence of at least 8 credit points in Professional and Creative Writing
  • a sub-major of 4 credit points selected from ONE of the parallel studies: Children's Literature, Film Studies, Journalism or Literary Studies
  • 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

Professional and Creative Writing - unit set code MJ-A000002

Select 8 credit points from the following listed units for the Professional and Creative Writing major:


Core units


Level 1


Trimester 1


ALW101 Writing Craft  


Trimester 2


ALW102 Writing Spaces  



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:


Trimester 1


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  



Trimester 2


ALW205 Editing and the Author  

ALW392 Theorising Creativity  

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  ***



Trimester 1


ACC301 Freelancing in the Arts  ****


Trimester 2


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. 

** This unit is offered at Warrnambool in trimester 2 only.
*** ACV211 not offered 2014, re-offered 2015 subject to approval.

**** ACC301 not offered 2014, re-offered 2015 subject to approval.



NOTE: Students may also extend their parallel studies into a major sequence in Childrens Literature, Film Studies, Journalism or Literary Studies.

Parallel Studies - core requirement

Select ONE parallel study from the four listed below:


Children's Literature


Level 1


Trimester 1

ALL153 Literature for Children and Young Adults  


Trimester 2

ALL154 Power Politics and Texts for Young People  


Level 2


Trimester 2

ALL230 Re-Imagining Literature for Young People  



Film Studies


Select 4 from the following including both level 1 units:


Level 1


Trimester 1

ACM120 Moving Pictures: Screening Film History  


Trimester 2

ACM112 Writing with the Camera  *


Level 2


Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ACM217 Documentary Production Practice  

ACM237 TV Studio Production  


Trimester 2

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:


Level 1


Trimester 1

ALJ111 Contemporary Journalism A  *


Trimester 2

ALJ112 Contemporary Journalism B  


Level 2


Trimester 1

ALJ216 Research for Writers  


Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

ALR207 Media Relations  


Trimester 2

ALJ217 Editing and Design  


*ALJ111 also available in trimester 2 at Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (online).



Literary Studies


Level 1


Trimester 1

ALL101 The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others  


Trimester 2

ALL102 From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions  


Level 2


Trimester 1

ALL201 Love, Death and Poetry  


Trimester 2

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:

Anthropology , Australian StudiesHistory , International Relations, Philosophy , Public Relations, Politics and Policy Studies , Sociology


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