Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$22,180* AUD
CRICOS course code055182A
LevelUndergraduate
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent.

Deakin course code A316
VTAC Codes1400314123 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514123 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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.

Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been 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 a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing), you may find employment in freelance editing and writing, in traditional/online publishing, in corporate and government organisations as a researcher and writer/editor, and in media, entertainment and other arts organisations in a range of writing/editing roles.

Course rules

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.

Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:

Core units

Level 1

 Trimester 1 or Trimester 3

 

ALW101Writing Craft

Trimester 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

1/2 Electives

Trimester 2

ALW102Writing Spaces

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas (ACC101 also offered in trimester 3)

1/2 Electives

And one of:

Trimester 1

ALL101The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others

OR

Trimester 2

ALL102From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions

Notes: Students need only complete one of ALL101 or ALL102

Level 2 

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ALW225Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW227Script 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.

Trimester 1

ALW223Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALL201Love, Death and Poetry

ACC200Freelancing 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

Trimester 2

ALW205Editing and the Author

3 Electives

Level 3

Trimester 1

ALW393Editing Collaborations: Producing An Anthology

ALW395Experimental Poetics

1 Elective

Trimester 2

ALW394Creative Research Project (2 credit points)

2 Electives


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.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent. Prerequisites are  Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php

 

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au
 

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