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Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)

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Award granted Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)
Campus
Cloud (online)No
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code042687E
Deakin course codeA748

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) offers study in a unique combination of literary and creative writing options, together with the possibility for cross-disciplinary explorations and access to the more practical and applied areas of journalism, media and communications and public relations.

 

The course is delivered in both located and Cloud (online) study modes, employing flexible, blended teaching and learning methodologies and offering you a broad range of options to design your own program to suit your interests.

 

The course is designed to provide career enhancement for those who wish to be employed in the fields of children’s literature, literary studies and professional writing.

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Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature (A535)
Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature (A641)
Graduate Diploma of Journalism (A649)
Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies (A635)
Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing (A661)

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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

To qualify for the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature), a student must successfully complete 12 credit points of study comprising:

  • a minimum of 6 credit points to be taken from the following specialisations, including at least 4 credit points (including core units) from one specialisation:
    • Children's Literature
    • Literary Studies
    • Professional Writing 
  • a further 6 credit points of electives selected from units offered in the specialisations and/or from units offered in the Master of Communication (A747) 

See the Master of Communication (A747) for available units.

 

Note: Students who complete a specialisation of 4 credit points will have the specialisation indicated on their academic transcript.  

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Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

 

 

Children's Literature
Literary Studies
Professional Writing

Note: Not all units in the specialisations are offered at Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (online) mode. Please carefully check availability of units in the course structure and unit descriptions.

 

Research Pathway

Students may also choose to include a Research component within the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) to enable them to proceed to Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Programs.

 

Normally, students must complete at least four credit points of course work with a distinction average before applying for the research pathway. Students interested in undertaking the research component should seek advice after completion of four credit points from the unit chair of ALX709 or the A748 course director. Students must complete ALX709 and four credit points of research units as part of the total 12 credit points required to complete the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature).  

 

Research Preparation unit

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

 

ALX709 Writing a Thesis: Theory, Methodology and Practice  

(2 credit points)

 

 

Research units
Trimester 1 or trimester 2


ALX711 Research Project  

(4 credit points)


ALX715 Research Project A  

(2 credit points)

 

ALX716 Research Project B  

(2 credit points)

 

ALX720 Minor Research Project  

(2 credit points)


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Details of specialisations

Children's Literature

 

Core units


Trimester 1

ALL702 Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches   


Trimester 2

ALL743 Narrative Theory and Children's Literature  


Electives


Trimester 1

ALL701 Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary  *

ALL721 Driven to Write  


Trimester 2

ALL708 The Picture Book: Reading and Writing  

ALL722 Texts for Young Adults  

 

* ALL701 was previously titled: Origins in Children's Literature

Literary Studies

Elective units


Trimester 1

ALL721 Driven to Write  

ALL727 Contemporary Poetry  

ALL755 The Other Side of the World: Literature of Sadness - The Body - Mind in Crisis  


Trimester 2

ACA715 Creative Enterprise Project  

ALL705 Short Stories: Writers and Readers  *

ALL706 Histories, Fictions  

ALL722 Texts for Young Adults  

ALL783 Life Writing: Theory and Practice  

ALL784 Writing and Film  

 

* ALL705 also offered trimester 3.

Professional Writing

Electives


Trimester 1

ALW730 Creative Nonfiction: Telling It Slant  

ALW732 Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out  

ALW734 Script Writing A  

ALW736 Poetics of Writing A  

ALW738 Editing  


Trimester 2

ACA715 Creative Enterprise Project  

ACM733 Unit description is currently unavailable  

ALL706 Histories, Fictions  

ALW720 Travel Writing  

ALW729 Writing for Communication Media  

ALW731 Creative Non-Fiction Writing B  

ALW735 Script Writing B  

ALW739 Publishing  

 

Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

ALL705 Short Stories: Writers and Readers  

 

Note: Students may complete any combination of units, though they should be aware that B units require A units as prerequisites.

 

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