Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Note:  Trimester 3 intake is for Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud only

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$25,088 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code055182A
LevelUndergraduate
English language requirements

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
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Professional formation for ambitious writers within and across genres, preparation for industry, entrepreneurial projects and literary arts/publishing fields.

Deakin's Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing) provides a practice-based and theoretically strong preparation for professional writers working in specialised literary/publishing fields and industry, and for entrepreneurial contexts. Students engage in practice ranging from narrative-driven works to experimental innovations, editing, creative nonfiction and script writing, as well as new takes on traditional genres of poetry, and short and extended fiction writing. In the final year, students work on studio projects to develop and extend their style and craft, as well as doing creative research work and producing professional-standard publications, for web and page.

The course encourages identifying and pursuing opportunities for writing/editing in new media, cross-genre experimentation and creative production with an awareness of entrepreneurial initiative and know-how. Collaboration, robust practice, professionalism and creative sustainability are emphasised at all levels. Students hone skills necessary to work with interdisciplinary teams, in writing, film, drama and new technologies. The course prepares dedicated writers for fourth-year solo projects in Deakin's robust Honours program, and for postgraduate pathways in creative writing research and innovation.

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

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply knowledge of creative writing modes and theories and their production in the context of professional, historical, cultural and stylistic frameworks, including skills in composition, editing, presentation and aspects of publication

Communication

Communicate through writing that is technically and aesthetically proficient and demonstrates awareness of, or ability to extend, established writing conventions to produce works that communicate effectively using suitable written forms and techniques

Digital literacy

Employ a range of generic and industry-specific digital technologies for the research, production and presentation of creative materials, including technologies for the innovative generation or dissemination of work, or those required in various professional contexts

Critical thinking

Demonstrate competencies in the production of texts and discourses informed by rigorous research, close reading, critical thinking and analysis, and by selecting and applying the appropriate creative writing forms and conventions

Problem solving

Analyse and respond creatively to editorial or publishing briefs or opportunities by employing creative and professional writing or communication strategies to identify, solve or reframe aesthetic, theoretical or real-world challenges and limitations

Self-management

Demonstrate responsibility for personal learning through autonomy, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development, as a reflective practitioner in the Professional and Creative Writing industry and scholarly and other contexts

Teamwork

Actively participate and make constructive contributions to processes of creative and critical collaboration within or across disciplines, sharing of peer feedback in writing workshops and online forums, and demonstrate professional and ethical negotiation with collaborators and colleagues

Global citizenship

Demonstrate ethical global citizenship and awareness of cultural diversity and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and in professional roles and community collaborations

Approved by Faculty Board December 2014

 

Course rules

Students must complete 24 credit points as follows:

  • 16 credit points of compulsory core units
  • 8 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

Course structure

Level 1

Course map 

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

ALW394Creative Research Studio (2 credit points)

ALW395Experimental Poetics

ALW396Publishing An Anthology: Writing Collaborations (2 credit points)

Plus 3 electives

Electives

Students undertaking A316 have room in their course to complete a set of electives. Electives can serve a number of purposes (see below). In all cases, we would recommend approaching their selection with some intentionality. Think about what kind of writer you wish to become, and which skills/fields would assist you in your goals, as well as doing units that you would gain pleasure from or feel motivated by.  

Electives can be used to:

  • complete a 4 unit suite that complements the main study. This ressembles in depth the idea of a "minor", and can be taken from a number of areas. Consider a history, literary studies, philosophy, creative arts, gender studies, children's literature, journalism, design, language (other than English) or other field. 4 units begin to give you a grounding in that area which can create depth and confidence in your writing.
  • complete a number of "sets" of units that have some degree of coherency to them. Any area requires some introduction and development, and so it can be good to do at least two units in one direction.
  • ... that said, sometimes we don't know what are interests are, and exploring is really helpful. There may be fields of study that you have mis-read, and which would correspond to processes and ideas that compell and inspire you. You won't know this until you try them. In this case, doing some exploration of what is on offer in the faculty can be productive and lead you to a clearer direction for your profession and practice. 

Basically try to be clear about how many units you have to play with on top of your core/compulsory ones. Then think about your aims, your personality, and what works for you and have at least a preliminary plan for how you'll use the electives across the three "levels" or years. This can be changed as you understand more about university study, yourself as a tertiary learner and your relationship to writing.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.  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/study-at-deakin/apply

 

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