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) and Cloud (online) only

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$6,272 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

VTAC Codes1400314121 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514121 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
CRICOS course code055182A
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 of study. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load for each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

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

* The indicative annual course fee shown 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 2016, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP 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 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

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.

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP to assist in paying their tuition fees. For more information about HECS-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Fee-paying student
A fee-paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

* The indicative annual course fee shown 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 2016, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline. The 2016 full fee 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 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

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.

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a full fee place, may be eligible for FEE-HELP to assist in paying their tuition fees. For more information about 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

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

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

Students to select 1 unit from ALL101 or ALL102:

ALL101The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others

Or

ALL102From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions

ALW101Writing Craft

ALW102Writing Spaces

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

ALW393Editing Collaborations: Producing An Anthology

ALW395Experimental Poetics

ALW394Creative Research Project (2 credit points)

Plus 4 electives

 

For course map click here


Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 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

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

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

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.