Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)

Course summary for local students

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 intakeMarch (Trimester 1)
Indicative annual fee 2015$6,222 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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

Course Director

Antonia Pont, +61 3 924 46205, a.pont@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

LevelUndergraduate
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 the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, 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" cited 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 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
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 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that 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.

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.

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

Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:

Core units

Level 1

Trimester 1

ALW101Writing Craft

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

1/2 Electives

Trimester 2

ALW102Writing Spaces

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas(ACC101 also offered in trimester 3)

1/2 Electives

And one of:

Trimester 1

ALL101The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others

OR

Trimester 2

ALL102From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions

Notes: Students need only complete one of ALL101 or ALL102

Level 2 

Trimester 1

ALW225Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW223Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALW227Script Writing: Focus On Fiction

ALL201Love, Death and Poetry

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

Note: ACC200 Freelancing in the Arts is a level 2 unit which is normally taken in the third year of full time study

Trimester 2

ALW205Editing and the Author

3 Electives

Level 3

Trimester 1

ALW393Editing Collaborations: Producing An Anthology

ALW395Experimental Poetics

1 Elective

Trimester 2

ALW394Creative Research Project(2 credit points)

2 Electives


Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 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 Deakin Admissions 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.

 

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