Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
Course summary for current students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Duration||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|CRICOS course code||055182A|
|Deakin course code||A316|
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
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.
For students commencing from 2015:
Trimester 1 or Trimester 3
|ACC100||Communication in Everyday Life|
|ACC101||Creativity and Dangerous Ideas (ACC101 also offered in trimester 3)|
And one of:
|ALL101||The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others|
|ALL102||From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions|
Notes: Students need only complete one of ALL101 or ALL102
Trimester 1 or Trimester 2
|ALW225||Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out|
|ALW227||Script 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.
|ALW223||Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay|
|ALL201||Love, Death and Poetry|
|ACC200||Freelancing 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
|ALW205||Editing and the Author|
|ALW393||Editing Collaborations: Producing An Anthology|
|ALW394||Creative Research Project (2 credit points)|