Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
Course summary for local students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|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
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017||$6,381 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017||Not applicable|
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
|CRICOS course code||055182A|
|VTAC Codes||1400314121 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514121 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614121 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||A316|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
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.
Fees and charges
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete 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.
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 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
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
|ACC100||Communication in Everyday Life|
|ACC101||Creativity and Dangerous Ideas|
|ALL101||The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others|
|ALL102||From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Revisions|
Plus 3 electives
|ACC200||Freelancing in the Arts|
|ALL201||Love, Death and Poetry|
|ALW205||Editing and the Author|
|ALW223||Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay|
|ALW225||Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out|
|ALW227||Script Writing: Focus On Fiction|
Plus 2 electives
|ALW394||Creative Research Studio (2 credit points)|
|ALW396||Publishing An Anthology: Writing Collaborations (2 credit points)|
Plus 3 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
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 http://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/apply
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 and how to apply for credit.
How to apply
Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016
Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017
Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.
Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application
If you are:
- not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
- applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.
a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.