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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 2014$21,860* AUD
CRICOS course code055182A
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
For students commencing from 2008

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.


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 publication or the achievement of professional standards.


The course will encourage you to explore new communication technologies both in the practical realms of professional communication and in 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.


As part of the course you are required to complete a sub-major selected from areas of Children's Literature, Film Studies, Journalism or Literary Studies.

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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 2014, 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 2014 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.

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Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing), you may find employment in consumer goods and services companies, in freelance editing and writing, finance, health and manufacturing industries, government departments, media and entertainment industries, publishing companies and tourism, hospitality and service industries.

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Course rules

For students who commenced from 2008 to 2011 refer to the handbook of the year you commenced.


For students commencing from 2012


To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing) a student must complete 24 credit points of study, including:

  • 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
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the course-grouped units for Arts (in effect this means that up to 8 credit points may be taken outside the recognised Faculty of Arts and Education major sequences)
  • 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

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Course structure

Professional and Creative Writing - unit set code MJ-A000002

Select 8 credit points from the following listed units for the Professional and Creative Writing major:


Core units


Level 1


Trimester 1


ALW101 Writing Craft  


Trimester 2


ALW102 Writing Spaces  



Level 2 & Level 3


Students will then select a further 6 credit points, ensuring at least 2 credit points are undertaken at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3 from the following:


Trimester 1


ALW225 Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out  

ALW223 Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay  

ALW227 Script Writing: Focus On Fiction  

ALW240 Poetry: Making It Strange  

ALW393 Writing Project A  



Trimester 2


ALW205 Editing and the Author  

ALW392 Theorising Creativity  

ALW394 Writing Project B  



Trimester 1 or trimester 2



ALX321 Creative Industries Internship  *




The following electives in related writing areas may be taken in addition to the prescribed major sequence:


Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3


ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice  **


Trimester 1 or trimester 3


ACV211 Texts and Images II: in Quest of Story and Image  ***



Trimester 1


ACC301 Freelancing in the Arts  ****


Trimester 2


ACV110 Texts and Images 1: Ways of Seeing, Reading and Telling Stories  




*Internship units are normally undertaken in third level (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements. 

** This unit is offered at Warrnambool in trimester 2 only.
*** ACV211 not offered 2014, re-offered 2015 subject to approval.

**** ACC301 not offered 2014, re-offered 2015 subject to approval.



NOTE: Students may also extend their parallel studies into a major sequence in Childrens Literature, Film Studies, Journalism or Literary Studies.

Parallel Studies - core requirement

Select ONE parallel study from the four listed below:


Children's Literature


Level 1


Trimester 1

ALL153 Literature for Children and Young Adults  


Trimester 2

ALL154 Power Politics and Texts for Young People  


Level 2


Trimester 2

ALL230 Re-Imagining Literature for Young People  



Film Studies


Select 4 from the following including both level 1 units:


Level 1


Trimester 1

ACM120 Moving Pictures: Screening Film History  [Select ACF104 from 2015]


Trimester 2

ACM112 Writing with the Camera  [Select ACF103 from 2015]*


Level 2


Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ACM217 Documentary Production Practice  [Select ACF202 from 2015]

ACM237 TV Studio Production  [Select ACF205 from 2015]


Trimester 2

ACM236 Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis  [Select ACF206 from 2015]

AAM220 Cinemas and Cultures  

* ACM112 offered in Trimesters 1, 2 and 3.





Select 4 from the following including both level 1 units:


Level 1


Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

ALJ111 Contemporary Journalism A  


Trimester 2

ALJ112 Contemporary Journalism B  


Level 2


Trimester 1

ALJ216 Research for Writers  


Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

ALR207 Media Relations  


Trimester 2

ALJ217 Editing and Design  



Literary Studies


Level 1


Trimester 1

ALL101 The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others  


Trimester 2

ALL102 From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions  


Level 2


Trimester 1

ALL201 Love, Death and Poetry  


Trimester 2

ALL202 Writing Modern Worlds  



Students to also consider a second major or 4 credit point submajor sequence as an elective from the following list to support their studies in the Professional and Creative Writing degree:

Anthropology , Australian StudiesHistory , International Relations, Philosophy , Public Relations, Politics and Policy Studies , Sociology

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Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units ASC160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice 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.

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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.

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Entry requirements - specific

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)


This course has pathways from the following institutions: Box Hill Institute TAFE and Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, from the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. Other TAFE pathways apply. For more information refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System.

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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.

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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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