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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 2014$6,100* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359


Burwood (Melbourne)
Tel 03 9246 8100




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.

CRICOS course code055182A
VTAC Codes1400314121 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514121 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code A316
For students commencing from 2008

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.


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 publication or the achievement of professional standards.


The course will encourage you to explore new communication technologies both in the practical realms of professional communication and in 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.


As part of the course you are required to complete a sub-major selected from areas of Children's Literature, Film Studies, Journalism or Literary Studies.

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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 2014, 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 2014 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 consumer goods and services companies, in freelance editing and writing, finance, health and manufacturing industries, government departments, media and entertainment industries, publishing companies and tourism, hospitality and service industries.

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Course rules

For students who commenced from 2008 to 2011 refer to the handbook of the year you commenced.


For students commencing from 2012


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

  • a major sequence of at least 8 credit points in Professional and Creative Writing
  • a sub-major of 4 credit points selected from ONE of the parallel studies: Children's Literature, Film Studies, Journalism or Literary Studies
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the course-grouped units for Arts (in effect this means that up to 8 credit points may be taken outside the recognised Faculty of Arts and Education major sequences)
  • 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

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Course structure

Professional and Creative Writing - unit set code MJ-A000002

Select 8 credit points from the following listed units for the Professional and Creative Writing major:


Core units


Level 1


Trimester 1


ALW101 Writing Craft  


Trimester 2


ALW102 Writing Spaces  



Level 2 & Level 3


Students will then select a further 6 credit points, ensuring at least 2 credit points are undertaken at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3 from the following:


Trimester 1


ALW225 Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out  

ALW223 Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay  

ALW227 Script Writing: Focus On Fiction  

ALW240 Poetry: Making It Strange  

ALW393 Writing Project A  



Trimester 2


ALW205 Editing and the Author  

ALW392 Theorising Creativity  

ALW394 Writing Project B  



Trimester 1 or trimester 2



ALX321 Creative Industries Internship  *




The following electives in related writing areas may be taken in addition to the prescribed major sequence:


Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3


ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice  **


Trimester 1 or trimester 3


ACV211 Texts and Images II: in Quest of Story and Image  ***



Trimester 1


ACC301 Freelancing in the Arts  ****


Trimester 2


ACV110 Texts and Images 1: Ways of Seeing, Reading and Telling Stories  




*Internship units are normally undertaken in third level (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements. 

** This unit is offered at Warrnambool in trimester 2 only.
*** ACV211 not offered 2014, re-offered 2015 subject to approval.

**** ACC301 not offered 2014, re-offered 2015 subject to approval.



NOTE: Students may also extend their parallel studies into a major sequence in Childrens Literature, Film Studies, Journalism or Literary Studies.

Parallel Studies - core requirement

Select ONE parallel study from the four listed below:


Children's Literature


Level 1


Trimester 1

ALL153 Literature for Children and Young Adults  


Trimester 2

ALL154 Power Politics and Texts for Young People  


Level 2


Trimester 2

ALL230 Re-Imagining Literature for Young People  



Film Studies


Select 4 from the following including both level 1 units:


Level 1


Trimester 1

ACM120 Moving Pictures: Screening Film History  


Trimester 2

ACM112 Writing with the Camera  *


Level 2


Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ACM217 Documentary Production Practice  

ACM237 TV Studio Production  


Trimester 2

ACM236 Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis  

AAM220 Cinemas and Cultures  

* ACM112 offered in Trimesters 1, 2 and 3.





Select 4 from the following including both level 1 units:


Level 1


Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

ALJ111 Contemporary Journalism A  


Trimester 2

ALJ112 Contemporary Journalism B  


Level 2


Trimester 1

ALJ216 Research for Writers  


Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

ALR207 Media Relations  


Trimester 2

ALJ217 Editing and Design  



Literary Studies


Level 1


Trimester 1

ALL101 The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others  


Trimester 2

ALL102 From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions  


Level 2


Trimester 1

ALL201 Love, Death and Poetry  


Trimester 2

ALL202 Writing Modern Worlds  



Students to also consider a second major or 4 credit point submajor sequence as an elective from the following list to support their studies in the Professional and Creative Writing degree:

Anthropology , Australian StudiesHistory , International Relations, Philosophy , Public Relations, Politics and Policy Studies , Sociology

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Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units ASC160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice 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.

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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.

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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


This course has pathways from the following institutions: Box Hill Institute TAFE and Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, from the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. Other TAFE pathways apply. For more information refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System.

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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.

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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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