Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)

Course summary for current students

Year

2017 course information

Award granted Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)
Campus

Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code042687E
Deakin course codeA748

Offered to continuing students only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) offers study in a unique combination of literary and creative writing options. 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.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Literary Studies (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)

Course rules

Students 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) 

Specialisations

Children's Literature

Literary Studies

Professional Writing 

Research units

ALX709 Writing a Thesis: Theory, Methodology and Practice (2 cp) is no longer available for enrolment. Students must instead take - 

ALX705Critical and Creative Research Methods (4 credit points)

ALX711Research Project (4 credit points)

ALX715Research Project A (2 credit points)

ALX716Research Project B (2 credit points)

ALX720Minor Research Project (2 credit points)

And

1 elective chosen from the units offered in the specialisations of Children's Literature, Literary Studies or Professional Writing

Details of specialisations

Children's Literature

Core units

ALL702Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches

ALL743Foundations in Narrative Theory

Electives

ALL701Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary

ALL708The Picture Book: Reading and Writing

ALL721Writing Fiction for Young Adults

ALL722Texts for Young Adults

Literary Studies

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ALL705Vision and Revision: Short Stories Now

ALL706Histories, Fictions

ALL721Writing Fiction for Young Adults

ALL722Texts for Young Adults

ALL727Contemporary Poetry

ALL784Writing and Film

ALW783 Life Writing: Theory and Practice (No longer available for enrolment)

ALL755 The Other Side of the World: Literature of Sadness - The Body - Mind in Crisis (No longer available for enrolment)

Professional Writing

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ALL705Vision and Revision: Short Stories Now

ALL706Histories, Fictions

ALW720 Narrative Nonfiction: Stories of Place (No longer available for enrolment) 

ALW729 Writing for Communication Media is no longer available for enrolment. Students must instead take ALJ728

ALJ728Feature Writing

ALW730Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALW731 Creative Non-Fiction Writing B (No longer available for enrolment)

ALW732Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW733 Fiction Writing: Ideas and innovations (No longer available for enrolment)

ALW734Script Writing

ALW735 Script Writing B (No longer available for enrolment) 

ALW736Advanced Poetics

ALW738Editing

ALW739Publishing