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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)
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 risk 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.


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 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.

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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 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

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Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:


Core units


Level 1

Trimester 1

ALW101 Writing Craft  

ACC100 Creative Communications Practice  

1/2 Electives


Trimester 2


ALW102 Writing Spaces  

ACC101 Creativity, Imagination and Dangerous Ideas  

1/2 Electives


And one of:

Trimester 1

ALL101 The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others  


Trimester 2

ALL102 From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions  


Note: Students need only complete one of ALL101 or ALL102


Level 2 


Trimester 1

ALW225 Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out  

ALW223 Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay  

ALW227 Script Writing: Focus On Fiction  

ALL201 Love, Death and Poetry  

ACC200 Freelancing in the Arts  


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

ALW205 Editing and the Author  

3 Electives



Level 3


Trimester 1

ALW393 Editing Collaborations: Producing An Anthology  

ALW395 Experimental Poetics  

1 Elective


Trimester 2

ALW394 Creative Research Project  2 credit points

2 Electives


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