Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code055182A
Deakin course codeA316

For 2015 and prior continuing students only

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 AIX117 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

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$6,272Not applicable$24,120

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

For students who commenced 2015

Students must complete 24 credit points of study comprising:

  • 15 credit points of core units
  • 9 credit points of elective units

For students who commenced 2012-2014

Students must complete 24 credit points of study comprising:

  • 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

For students who commenced prior to 2012

Students must complete 24 credit points of study comprising:

  • a major sequence of at least 8 credit points in Professional and Creative Writing
  • a sub-major of 4 credit points selected from the major sequences of Anthropology, Australian Studies, Film Studies, History, Journalism, International Relations, Language and Culture Studies, Literary Studies, Philosophy, Public Relations, Politics and Policy studies, Sociology

And for all students:

  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • 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

 

Course structure

For students who commenced 2015

Level 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

ALW101Writing Craft

ALW102Writing Spaces

And either:

ALL101The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others

Or

ALL102From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions

Plus 3 electives 

Level 2

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

ALL201Love, Death and Poetry

ALW205Editing and the Author

ALW223Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALW225Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW227Script Writing: Focus On Fiction

Plus 2 electives 

Level 3

ALW393 Editing Collaborations: Producing an Anthology (last offered 2015)

ALW395Experimental Poetics

ALW394Creative Research Project (2 credit points)

Plus 4 electives

Note that from 2016 ALW393 is no longer available from 2016, so students should instead take either ALW394 (2 cp), ALW395, plus 5 electives, or may instead choose ALW394 (2 cp), ALW396  Publishing An Anthology: Writing Collaborations (2 cp) plus 4 electives.

For students who commenced 2014 and prior

The Professional and Creative Writing major sequence requires 8 credit points selected from:

ALW101Writing Craft

ALW102Writing Spaces

Plus a further 6 credit points from the following, ensuring at least 2 credit points are undertaken at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3:

ALW205Editing and the Author

ALW223Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALW225Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW227Script Writing: Focus On Fiction

ALW394Creative Research Project (2 credit points)

ALW395Experimental Poetics

ALW396Publishing An Anthology: Writing Collaborations (2 credit points)

ALW240 Poetry: Making It Strange (last offered 2014)

ALW393 Editing Collaborations: Producing an Anthology (last offered 2015)

ALW392 Theorising Creativity (last offered 2014)

ALW394 Writing Project B (1 credit point) (last offered 2014)

ALX321 Creative Industries Internship (last offered 2015)

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