Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
CRICOS course code
Deakin course code A316

New course version commencing 2016

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.

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.

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Course rules

For students commencing from 2016:

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

  • 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

For students commencing prior to 2016 click here for the 2014 course rules.

Course structure

For students commencing from 2016:

Core units

Level 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

ALW101Writing Craft

ALW102Writing Spaces

Students to select one unit from ALL101 or ALL102:

ALL101The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others


ALL102From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions

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 Project (2 credit points)

ALW395Experimental Poetics

ALW396Publishing An Anthology: Writing Collaborations (2 credit points)

Plus 4 electives


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