Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 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

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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 Revisions

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 (No longer available for enrolment)

ALW395Experimental Poetics

ALW394Creative Research Studio (2 credit points)

Plus 4 electives

Note that 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 Studio (2 credit points)

ALW395Experimental Poetics

ALW396Publishing An Anthology: Writing Collaborations (2 credit points)

ALW240 Poetry: Making It Strange (No longer available for enrolment)

ALW392 Theorising Creativity (No longer available for enrolment)

ALW393 Editing Collaborations: Producing an Anthology (No longer available for enrolment)

ALW394 Writing Project B (1 credit point) (No longer available for enrolment)

ALX321 Creative Industries Internship (No longer available for enrolment)

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