Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

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

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016No fees defined
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016No fees defined
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

CRICOS course code055182A
VTAC Codes1400314121 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514121 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code A316

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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is 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 full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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.

For more information go to My Course My Career

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

Core units

Level 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

ALW101Writing Craft

ALW102Writing Spaces

And either

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


Course map 

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

For Year 12/VCE entry: Units 3 and 4 and 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

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.